Chippewa County is in the state of Michigan’s Northeast Upper Peninsula. Chippewa County has a land area of 1,558.42 square miles and a water area of 1,139.97 square miles. The county is ranked 42nd in population for the state of Michigan. It is located in northern Lake Huron near the mouth of the St. Mary’s River, with 57 percent of the island under public ownership (state forest) and 43 percent under private ownership.
The majority of the island is covered with forest. Aspen, cedar, and northern hardwoods are the most common forest types. Drummond Island lies in the moderate snowfall zone, although it receives less snow than the neighboring mainland. Winter is a limiting issue for the deer herd, so they migrate to deer wintering complexes (DWCs), where conifer cover gives some protection against the winter elements. Deer Population indicators in Chippewa County have followed the same patterns as the rest of the region. Low buck harvest estimates and hunter success rates were seen in 2015, but have subsequently increased.
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