Michigan’s Lost Peninsula

On November 7, 2007 · 5 Comments

One of the oddities that interests me is when a territory is broken into two or more pieces that are non-contiguous.  Some are rather famous, like the small chunk of the United States in northern Minnesota that can only be reached via Canada at Lake of the Woods. A similar condition exists between and within certain states within the United States, including Michigan. No, I’m not referring to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, which is an obvious situation. Rather, I’m referring to the Lost Peninsula.

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The only way to get to the Lost Peninsula is through Ohio. Residents who live here will have to take Edgewater Drive back into Ohio, and loop around to reach the remainder of their home state of Michigan. There’s not much to be found on the Lost Peninsula other than a marina and a few houses but it’s still an interesting anomaly. This little chunk was left disconnected when the border between Michigan and Ohio was established. Wouldn’t Michigan just want to give up this small plot of land to make a smoother border. Of course not. States, like people, are possessive and want to hang onto as much territory as possible. It’s not like it’s much of an inconvenience to the residents, though. There is free and unobstructed passage between the States. It’s more simply an interesting oddity.

See also: Reader "Jim C."’s visit to the Lost Peninsula (including photos) in Lost Again.

On November 7, 2007 · 5 Comments

5 Responses to “Michigan’s Lost Peninsula”

  1. […] national border anomaly in North America. Way back when I started Twelve Mile Circle I featured Michigan’s Lost Peninsula and I’ve long had a fansite devoted to my visit to Point Roberts, Washington, but somehow the […]

  2. Joshua says:

    My mother lives in the very last house on the Lost Peninsula. I have been going up there for years and it is a wondeful place full of wonderfull people. In the summer it is almost like being in Key West Florida. Great fishing and a lot of water sports and activities. In the winter time it seems almost shut down until the ice is thick enough for the many vehicles that run it including the poker runs with the snow mobiles.

    A lot of people leave from the area to go to Put-In-Bay for the day or the weekend or even a week. You will meet all kinds of great and interesting people from all over the place. Just thought I would share some of this with you.

  3. Dan Baxter says:

    Look at Point Roberts, Washington State. Similar to Lake in the Woods, only accessible by land through Canada

  4. Rob Dobrusin says:

    Just discovered this fantastic website. I am fascinated by geography and came upon your site after visiting the Lost Peninsula of Michigan. I posted the link to this page on my Facebook page after so many people were fascinated by learning about the lost peninsula. Thanks so much for this great research. I look forward to reading more from your blog.

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