Alcona County is located in the Northeastern Lower Peninsula, in the heart of the “Sunrise Side”. Enterprises include: timber production, farming,
recreation and tourism.
Alcona has 695 square miles, including 36 miles of Lake Huron coastline. While 70% of our land is forested, 1/3 includes Huron-Manistee National Forest land.
Alcona has about 60 lakes and 3 major rivers, which includes Hubbard Lake, one of Michigan’s top ten largest inland lakes. The AuSable River, a DNR blue ribbon trout stream, flows through the southwest corner of the county. Other notable bodies of water include: Alcona Dam Pond, Cedar Lake and Jewell Lake.
Alcona visitors enjoy our Quilt Trail, historical sites, and local shops. Lodging accommodations include over 825 campsites, as well as numerous Bed & Breakfasts’. Sport/recreation enthusiasts enjoy a multitude of activities throughout each season.
Alcona County appears first on the list of the 83 counties in Michigan.
Henry Schoolcraft crafted our name, as derived from various Arabic root words:
A L - Arabic for “the”
C O - root word meaning “plain or prairie”
N A - term meaning “excellent”
Hence, the name “ALCONA” meaning “the fine and excellent plain”.