About Alcona County
Alcona County is located in the northeast corner of northern lower Michigan and is made up of Barton City, Black River, Curran, Glennie, Greenbush, Harrisville, Lincoln, Mikado, and Spruce Alcona County has a total area of 1,791 square miles of both land and waterfront according to the United States Census 2020. Seventy percent of the land is made up of forest, that includes the Huron-Manistee National Forest. Alcona County is also home to 60 lakes, 3 major rivers and 36 miles of Lake Huron coastline. Hubbard Lake, one of Michigan’s largest inland lakes, is a popular destination for all things water related in the summer and ice fishing in the winter months. Alcona County thrives on tourism, recreation, agriculture, and timber production.
First Children’s Finance recently conducted a survey and found that many of the family child care providers were planning to retire in the next five years. Parents in the area report that it is very difficult to find affordable child care. Local businesses are often unable to find employees due to the child care shortage. Through the Rural Child Care Innovation Program, the Alcona County community is working towards creating sustainable solutions that increase the supply of affordable and high-quality child care.