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Welcome to the official website
for the City of Ishpeming!

The City of Ishpeming is located in Marquette County in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  It is south and west of the City of Marquette and directly west of Negaunee.  The City of Ishpeming is 1,400 feet above sea level.  Our current population is about 6,600.

Ishpeming’s history is rooted in the discovery of Iron Ore during the 1840’s. In 1846, an Indian named Madji-Gesick led explorer, Philo Everett, to a shining mountain. What Everett found was a mountain of ore measuring 180 feet high and 1,000 feet wide. This historic spot was named Jasper Knob–known today as the World’s Largest Gemstone.

Up until 1862, this area was referred to as The Lake Superior Location, but the settlers saw it fit to give the City an official name. Translating the Chippewa Indian name for “on the summit”, the settlers gave the name of ISHPEMING to the newly formed City. The name proved to be fitting for a City that is situated upon the dividing ridge between the waters of Lake Superior and Lake Michigan and 850 feet above Lake Superior.

RD Water System Improvement Project Updates

Click here for a map of the 2018 Proposed Work Areas for the Project 


UPDATE: On Thursday, September 13th, the water will be shut off at 8:00 am for residents that live on Summit and Jasper Streets from Bluff to Hill Streets. Also for residents that live on Summit Street. Services should be restored by 5:00 pm



 Washington  Street Area

Washington Street will be closed to all through traffic from Greenwood St South to 581 starting Tuesday Sept. 4th. Detour route will be in effect until early October for all Tilden Mine and truck traffic. Local traffic and school buses will have access to their homes (including C, D, E and Adams Streets.). Excelsior Street is recommended to use Pine Street direction for access.

REVISED DETOUR FOR WASHINGTON ST: The County Road Commission is closing a section of Stoneville Rd where our detour was originally headed so we have no choice but to switch this to Pine St. The Mine is hopeful to send as many deliveries around through Palmer and their Empire gate. So hopefully only worker traffic will need this.

Click Here to view the Revised Washington Map

 Greenwood Area

UPDATE:  Work is scheduled to begin on Greenwood Street as part of the Ishpeming RD Water System Project from Lakeshore Drive to Washington Street during the middle of the week of July 23rd and will continue well into August. Work will begin with Area #4 and continue in a West direction. Traffic will be detoured for a portion of this project to through traffic. Local traffic is advised to seek alternate routes to access homes if possible. Flag control will also be in place in areas as needed. Access to the Robbins Flooring Mill and Ishpeming Concrete will be left open at all times. Please be careful if you need to access this area as construction activities will be ongoing and extensive. Any questions contact Aaron Carr 906 361-0923.

Click Here to view Greenwood Area Map

Click Here to view Greenwood Traffic Maintenance Plan

Downtown Area


Click Here to view Traffic Maintenance Plan South First Street and South Division Street

Click here to view Traffic Maintenance Plan for Downtown Area 1st, 2nd, 3rd Streets and Pearl Street

Click here to view Downtown Area Construction Map – 1st, 2nd, 3rd Street and Pearl Street

North Second Street Area

UPDATE:  Construction will begin on North Second Street early next week (the week of August 6th)

Click here to view the Traffic Maintenance Plan – N. Second Street

Click here to view the North Second Street Area Map

8th Addition Area

Click here to view the Traffic Maintenance Plan – 8th Addition Area




Contact us

Phone: (906)485-1091

Fax: (906)485-6246

City Hall: 100 E. Division Street, Ishpeming, MI 49849



Make an Online Payment

To pay your property tax bill or monthly utility bill online, please click the following link:

Online Payments



Property Tax Lookup

Property tax information may be accessed by clicking on the link. For the property tax owner, current tax information is available to view free of charge. For non-property tax owners, current tax information is available for a $2.00 fee per property as a single transaction using your credit card. Please note that this property tax database is not updated daily; therefore it may take several days for a payment to be reflected after property tax payments have been paid to the City of Ishpeming.



View the City of Ishpeming Title VI Non-Discrimination Plan

Click here to view the Plan:  

Phone: (906)485-1091  •  Fax: (906)485-6246  •  City Hall: 100 E. Division Street, Ishpeming, MI 49849
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