Gogebic Community College

Discover the Region


Enjoy Michigan's western upper peninsula

The Gogebic and Houghton regions provide a stunning, million-acre backdrop on which to explore adventure, connect with nature, and discover yourself.

Located four hours from the Twin Cities and six hours from Chicago, Gogebic residents get the best of both worlds: small-town connectedness, with access to big-city culture. Going two hours east you can visit Marquette Michigan; going west you’ll find yourself in Duluth Minnesota and two hours south will lead you in to Rhinelander Wisconsin and just a short ride further Wausau, Wisconsin. With an airport located right in the area Denver Air can be the link to many adventures. Travel just two more hours to Houghton and discover even more the U.P has to offer.

Local hiking, biking, skiing, and snowboarding trails include the North Country Trail and the famed 1,200-mile Iron Belle Trail, as well as routes traversing Black River Harbor, the Porcupine Mountains, Sylvania wilderness, and the Ottawa National Forest. With a persistent economy driven by a mix of construction, manufacturing, tourism, transportation, and retail, the region boasts a stable workforce, with skilled positions paying living wages.

Resources are available to discover all the excitement of our area, so have fun and explore!

Location, Location, Location

Endless exploration and excitement!

GCC's main campus in Ironwood campus and off-campus Copper Country Center in Houghton, MI are both in Lake Superior's backyard! Located on the western edge of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, the area has endless opportunities to get out and explore Mother Nature's untouched beauty while enjoying small-town charm.

Map of GCC locations


Scenic Background