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Next time you’re fighting rush hour traffic, imagine a place with easy commutes, pollution-free air, and trees instead of billboards. The Upper Peninsula combines outstanding business opportunity with the best of small-town living. Walk-able neighborhoods and traditional downtowns. Friendly neighbors, unlocked doors and low crime rates. Toss in the region’s top-ranked schools, a lower cost of living, and more than 16,000 square miles of natural recreation space, and you’ve got a lifestyle that gives you room to breathe and innovate. People who live in the Upper Peninsula have access to everything great!




Key points to consider about the Upper Peninsula:

  • 4 national parks
  • 1,700 miles of rugged shoreline
  • More than 200 waterfalls
  • 8 ski hills
  • 3 great lakes (truly, inland seas!)
  • Thousands of miles for hikers, bikers, cross-country skiers and snowmobilers
  • Brightest northern lights in the continental United States 3rd snowiest region in America (according to Weather Channel)
  • Pollution-free fresh air
  • 4 universities and 5 community colleges
  • Midwest’s top-rank public schools
  • America’s safest communities – very low crime rates
  • 2 national healthcare systems
  • 3 SmartZone’s, 3 business incubators and 4 co-working spaces
  • 9 airports

Schoolcraft County alone has:

  • 47 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline
  • 202 inland lakes
  • World-class fishing
  • Kitich-iti-kipi (the “mirror of heaven” to the native people)
  • The most photographed lighthouse on the entire Great Lakes (the Manistique East Breakwater Light)
  • More than 150 miles of trails for hiking, biking, snowmobiling, ATV riding, horseback riding
  • One of the largest river basins in the State (the Manistique River/Indian River system)
  • Seney National Wildlife Refuge
  • The only naturally open (ice-free) port on the Upper Great Lakes
  • A county airport that can land any aircraft (5000-foot paved runway)
  • Centrally-located…about an hour from the major attractions
    If you love the outdoors, Schoolcraft County is the place you’ll call home.

Looking for a job?

We have easy-to-access online job and career portals that list opportunities throughout the Upper Peninsula.

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Arts & Culture

From Sault Ste. Marie to Ironwood, the Upper Peninsula is jam-packed with events, art classes, and cultural experiences. Local art is present in our communities, shops and landscapes. The people who live and visit here have access to:

  • 73 Museums
  • 32 Galleries
  • 12 Movie theaters
  • 15 Performing arts centers
  • 7 Community arts centers
  • Hundreds of events, fairs, and festivals

Location and Climate

Average High Temperature: 57.3F
Annual Low Temperature: 39.1F
Average Temperature: 48.2
Annual Rainfall: 31.73”

The Upper Peninsula is the largest and most scenic rural region in the United States, consuming 29% of the Michigan’s landmass. People who love living here have access to 16,377 square miles of scenic landscape, 4,300 inland lakes, 12,000 miles of streams, and 1,700 miles of shoreline and yes…more than 220 inches of snow along Lake Superior.

With the highest national snowfall records in the continental US, snow has actually become an industry for the region.

Communities like Houghton are recognized throughout the world for municipal snow management.

We test ground vehicles, tires, and snowmobiles for government and businesses.
Tourists and locals have access to thousands of miles of cross-country skiing and eight ski hills.
Snowmobilers flock to the Upper Peninsula to ride America’s most consistent wintry trails and back-country.

High-Ranking K-12 Schools

The Upper Peninsula’s public schools are recognized statewide for high math scores, strong readers, outdoor programs, and hands-on learning opportunities. Upper Peninsula high schools earn top marks, year after year, within the state and in rankings like those published by US News & World Report.

Upper Peninsula students grow up in communities where education is highly valued, with access to world-class universities and skilled trades programs. In addition, the rural nature of the Upper Peninsula allows teachers, parents, and students to form caring, compassionate, collaborative relationships.

Manistique has three great school systems:

  • Manistique Area Schools
  • St. Francis de Sales Academy
  • Bethel Baptist School


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Rural Health Clinic Scheduling Office - Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital
Rural Health Clinic Scheduling Office - Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital
Rural Health Clinic Scheduling Office - Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital
Rural Health Clinic Scheduling Office - Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital
Rural Health Clinic Scheduling Office - Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital
Rural Health Clinic Scheduling Office - Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital
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Hospital Photo Gallery - Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital
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Read what Patients have to say about Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital

Everyone in the ambulatory care/outpatient surgery were great!! They all made me feel very comfortable and did a great job!!! thank you to the whole outpatient staff and Doctor Rayner..I would recommend Schoolcraft or patient to anyone in need of surgery

Reviewer: Jeremy Sitkoski

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5 out of 5 stars

The care that was provided by The nurses (Cindy, Felicia Ruth) and staff was exceptional. The entire staff was very friendly and made you feel welcome. We received a call from Felicia the next day to check on my husband to check his pain level and do a follow up. The surgery area from check in to check out was well organized, clean, and up to date. Thank you to all of you for what you do so well and everything beyond your normal duties.

Reviewer: Maureen DesChamps

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5 out of 5 stars

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Very detailed, very caring and thorough.
I met with Dr. Randall a couple of days ago and was very impressed. He is very knowledgeable, thorough and was receptive to my inquiries. I would highly recommend him as an orthopedic specialist.
Great dr explains everything really good
Dr. Bambang M.D. and team did an excellent job. The procedure I was dreading turned out to be a pleasant experience. I'd recommend SMH.
Dr Madjar is an excellent doctor. He has taken great care of me. He always answers all my questions.
Super nice doctor and nursing staff. I was in and out in record time with fantastic results!
Always awesome and very informative
I was nervous about my procedure yesterday but everything just fell in place with staff working so smoothly and professionally, very competent and personable. Dr Baumbach is very re-assuring, and his staff follows his lead. Very pleasant. We are very blessed not only to have our great facility, but to have so many kind and skilled people!
Nurses and both Dr Bambach and anesthesiologist were very kind and professional.
Andrew is a very knowledgeable PA and willing to share what he knows on any medical issue. He is well read and referred to different articles published in the New England Journal of Medicine for further research if needed.
Gave me the info and asked me if I had any questions
Great, the best!
Response from the owner: Thank you for the positive review! - Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital Administration
I recently saw Dr. Schoenow in the ER. I was very fortunate that he was on staff that evening along with nurses Dawn, Elizabeth, and Cheryl. They all worked very quickly and professionally and got me the immediate attention and relief that I needed. I could not be happier with the care I received and I’m very thankful for the ER and imaging staff at SCMH.Yes, I may also be an employee of Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital, but it’s nice to be able to compliment my coworkers for their hard work and also say that while I was in an unfortunate situation, I received outstanding care which made a bad situation a lot easier to deal with.Thanks again Dr. Schoenow and ER Staff. Thanks for working over and filling in Dawn. I’m so glad you were there.
My youngest child was hurt while we were in town for a wedding. We chose to take her to the Clinic to be seen. They were so sweet, kind, and efficient! Everyone from the receptionist (Heidi), nurse (Breann), doctor (Dennis), and X-ray tech (Steve) were great! They made our Sunday morning trip to the clinic a quick and (mostly) painless event. They got us in and out as quickly as they could and the doctor, Dennis, even called to check on her a few days later. This was hands down one of the best experiences I have ever had in a hospital environment.
Very good Doctor
Very nice bedside manners, all in all just a very good ER doc you can tell he's really concerned about his patients
Dr Schoenow is an excellent doctor. Hospital very clean and friendly nurses and staff
Excellence should be called out. The care my son received from ER staff Dr. Schoenow, Dr. Dums, Nurses Makenzie, Regina, Ann and more was second to NONE! Dr. Schoenow and the ER nurses did not stop even stayed after his shift to get answers that helped my boy. The follow up treatment he received from Dr. Dums and his NP Ellie after his admission was just as amazing. When loved ones get very ill, at times it is thought that a hospital in a larger city could provide better care. In our case this could not be further from the truth! The Doctors consulted with U of M, Green Bay and Marquette bringing “big city Hospitals” to us, who by the way only confirmed what Dr. Schoenow suspected. I always felt comfortable with the staff and knew my son was safe in their care. They educated my wife and I, treated us like royalty and melted our anxieties. WELL DONE!! This is what professionalism looks like.
Response from the owner: Josh, thank you for your kind words. We have the best employees. We will pass along your words of praise. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us.
Dr. Schoenow is an excellent physician. He is very thorough. He very open to questions and his answers are concise and thoughtful.
He was great, I was sorry to catch them on a day right after a holiday, but the whole team was great!!
Very professional and helpful and the nurses were great
I love having a hospital in Schoolcraft Co.We are so lucky.I appreciate the passing of the ambulance millagemillage
Wonderful very understanding
Superior quality treatment by a compassionate professional. All our questions were answered. My husband was anxious about having his peg tube removed and the doctor and his staff put us immediately at ease.
Dr.Niemela was great. He communicated well, answered all questions and was very personable. He seems intelligent, organized, and an expert in his field. He made me feel confident in his skills.
Excellent bedside manners. Very efficient staff and no delays for my appointment time.
I received excellent care. I was extremely comfortable, I didn’t feel nervous at all. All the nurses and everyone were so good. I highly recommend Dr. Bambach for any procedure!
I went to Dr Randall in April to have significant rotator cuff damage repaired on my left shoulder. I recently had my 6 month follow-up appiontment and I couldn’t be more pleased with my outcome. All the Physical Therapy staff were great as well. Top notch service from Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Rayner took time to hear what was going on with me. I was very pleased and satisfied with the results.
They took very good care of me