L’anse Baraga, Michigan
L’anse Township was established on May 8, 1846, but the rich history of the area began many years before. On October 15, 1660, French Jesuit Priest, Father Rene Menard, arrived in the area and spent the winter in what is presently known as Pequaming on Keweenaw Bay. Even though there were fur traders here before, Menard was the first white person on record to arrive. Father Menard left the area the following spring and traveled along the L’Anse-Lac Vieux Desert Trail never to be heard from again. Today, L’Anse Township is the population center of Baraga County. The Village of L’Anse is the county government seat and business center for most of the surrounding area with fine shopping facilities, churches of many faiths, a modern hospital and a variety of other services. The L’Anse Township area is also famous for beautiful Lake Superior shoreline, pristine wilderness, waterfalls, lakes and streams. Baraga County as a whole has some of the finest outdoor activities which include camping, fishing, hunting and snowmobiling. The uncrowded, pleasant surroundings beckon the visitor from near and far.