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Bay Mills Township, Michigan
Country United States
State Michigan
County Chippewa
 • Total 98.0 sq mi (253.7 km2)
 • Land 64.7 sq mi (167.6 km2)
 • Water 33.2 sq mi (86.0 km2)
627 ft (191 m)
 • Total 1,477
 • Density 23/sq mi (8.8/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
FIPS code 26-06070
GNIS feature ID 1625894

Bay Mills Township is a civil township of Chippewa County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the township population was 1,477.



Bay Mills Township is in northern Chippewa County on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and is bordered to the north by Whitefish Bay of Lake Superior and to the northeast by the St. Marys River. By road, the community of Bay Mills is 20 miles (32 km) west of Sault Ste. Marie. All but the eastern end of the township is within Hiawatha National Forest.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 98.0 square miles (253.7 km2), of which 64.7 square miles (167.6 km2) is land and 33.2 square miles (86.0 km2), or 33.92%, is water.


Largest ancestries (2000) Percent
Ojibwe 41.51%
German Germany 6.7%
French France 6.6%
Irish Republic of Ireland 6.6%
English England 6.2%
American United States 3.0%
Bay Mills Old Indian Burial Ground
Bay Mills Old Indian Burial Ground

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,214 people, 485 households, and 345 families residing in the township. The population density was 18.8 per square mile (7.2/km²). There were 996 housing units at an average density of 15.4 per square mile (5.9/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 44.98% White, 51.40% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.25% from other races, and 3.29% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.99% of the population. The ancestry make up was 41.51% Ojibwe, 6.7% German, 6.6% French, 6.6% Irish, 6.2% English, 3.0% American, 2.7% French Canadian, 2.6% Scottish, 2.6% Norwegian, 2.4% Italian.

There were 485 households out of which 36.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.5% were married couples living together, 14.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.7% were non-families. 23.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the township, the population was spread out with 28.3% under the age of 18, 10.0% from 18 to 24, 29.0% from 25 to 44, 19.9% from 45 to 64, and 12.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 98.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.9 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $35,875, and the median income for a family was $39,286. Males had a median income of $25,714 versus $21,250 for females. The per capita income for the township was $18,285. About 10.1% of families and 11.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.6% of those under age 18 and 1.4% of those age 65 or over.

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