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Burt Township, Michigan
Burt Township Offices in Grand Marais
Burt Township Offices in Grand Marais
Location within Alger County
Location within Alger County
Burt Township, Alger County, Michigan is located in Michigan
Burt Township, Alger County, Michigan
Burt Township, Alger County, Michigan
Location in Michigan
Burt Township, Alger County, Michigan is located in the United States
Burt Township, Alger County, Michigan
Burt Township, Alger County, Michigan
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Michigan
County Alger
 • Total 258.03 sq mi (668.3 km2)
 • Land 230.48 sq mi (596.9 km2)
 • Water 27.55 sq mi (71.4 km2)
968 ft (295 m)
 • Total 522
 • Density 2.26/sq mi (0.87/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
49839 (Grand Marais)
49883 (Seney)
49884 (Shingleton)
Area code(s) 906
FIPS code 26-11960
GNIS feature ID 1626008

Burt Township is a civil township of Alger County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the township population was 522.

The township contains the community of Grand Marais, which contains numerous historic structures, including the Pickle Barrel House and the Grand Marais Harbor of Refuge Inner and Outer Lights. The township is also the eastern gateway to the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and includes the Au Sable Light on the shores of Lake Superior.


There are no incorporated municipalities in the township. There are a few unincorporated communities:

  • Grand Marais is at the northern terminus of M-77 and is the eastern gateway into the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.
  • Green Haven is at 46°32′20″N 86°00′56″W / 46.53889°N 86.01556°W / 46.53889; -86.01556 on M-77 north of Seney.
  • Youngs was the name of a post office in the township at 46°30′19″N 85°58′08″W / 46.50528°N 85.96889°W / 46.50528; -85.96889 (Youngs, Michigan), near the southern boundary with Seney Township in Schoolcraft County. The station on the Mantistique Railway was named McDonald, but the post office was named for Frank Youngs, the first postmaster. The office operated from May 5, 1899, until May 15, 1901.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 258.0 square miles (668.3 km2), of which 230.5 square miles (596.9 km2) is land and 27.5 square miles (71.3 km2), or 10.68%, is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 457
1970 424 −7.2%
1980 539 27.1%
1990 508 −5.8%
2000 480 −5.5%
2010 522 8.8%
Source: Census Bureau. Census 1960- 2000, 2010.

As of the census of 2000, there were 480 people, 243 households, and 148 families residing in the township. The population density was 2.1 per square mile (0.8/km2). There were 715 housing units at an average density of 3.1 per square mile (1.2/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 97.50% White, 0.62% Native American, and 1.88% from two or more races. 22.9% were of German, 10.5% French, 10.0% Irish, 9.0% English, 8.5% Finnish and 8.0% Polish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 243 households, out of which 13.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.3% were married couples living together, 5.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.7% were non-families. 36.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 21.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.98 and the average family size was 2.52.

In the township the population was spread out, with 13.5% under the age of 18, 3.3% from 18 to 24, 13.5% from 25 to 44, 36.0% from 45 to 64, and 33.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 57 years. For every 100 females, there were 100.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.4 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $27,500, and the median income for a family was $32,656. Males had a median income of $30,750 versus $25,208 for females. The per capita income for the township was $18,008. About 3.4% of families and 7.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.6% of those under age 18 and 4.9% of those age 65 or over.


Burt Township is served by the Burt Township School District, which has its boundaries conterminous with the township.



  • Airport Sign.svg Grand Marais Airport is located within Burt Township.


  • M-77 runs south–north through the center of the township and terminates just before Lake Superior.
  • H-58 travels east–west in and out of township and enters in the eastern portion of Pictured Rocks.

See also

Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Municipio de Burt (condado de Alger, Míchigan) para niños

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