Little Bay de Noc
is a bay in the Upper Peninsula
of the U.S. state
. The bay opens into Lake Michigan
's Green Bay
The bay, consisting of approximately 30,000 acres (120 km²), is enclosed by Delta County
. The cities of Escanaba
are on the west side of the bay.
The bay's name comes from the Noquet
) Native American
people (thought to have been related to the Menominee
of the Algonquian
language group), who once lived along the shores. Douglass Houghton
came to Sand Point (in Escanaba) in 1844 with his party of government surveyors to chart the land to the north.
Escanaba has a deep harbor, which made it a lumbering center. The first sawmill
was built there in 1836. The bay also shipped iron ore from the rich iron ranges in Michigan's upper peninsula, with the first ore dock built at Escanaba in 1864. Escanaba was incorporated in 1866. A bit further north, Gladstone was founded in 1887 by U.S. Senator
, William D. Washburn
, to serve as a rail-lake terminal for lumber products.
, and Whitefish
rivers all drain into the bay. Rapid River
marks the mouth of the eponymous
river and the head of the bay.