Mount Arvon

Coordinates: 46°45′21″N 88°09′20″W / 46.755813°N 88.155434°W / 46.755813; -88.155434
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Mount Arvon
Mount Arvon summit sign and log book
Highest point
Elevation1,979 ft (603 m) NGVD 29[1]
Prominence948 ft (289 m)[1]
ListingU.S. state high point 38th
Coordinates46°45′21″N 88°09′20″W / 46.755813°N 88.155434°W / 46.755813; -88.155434[2]
Parent rangeHuron Mountains
Topo mapUSGS Skanee South

Mount Arvon (/ɑːrvɒn/ ARR-vahn) at 1,979 feet (603 m), is the highest natural point in the U.S. state of Michigan. Located in L'Anse Township, Baraga County, Mount Arvon is part of the Huron Mountains. It rises about eight miles (13 km) south of Lake Superior (elevation 591 feet [180 m]). On the list of highest natural points in each U.S. state, Mount Arvon ranks 38th.[3] It is the highest natural point in the East North Central states.

Mount Arvon is a few miles from Mount Curwood, which for years had been designated as Michigan's highest spot until a resurvey in 1982 with modern technology determined that Mount Arvon is 1 foot (0.30 m) taller than Mount Curwood. Mount Arvon is about 12 miles (19 km) east of L'Anse, although it is about a 26-mile (42 km) drive from the city; much of it lies on winding logging roads.

The soils of Mount Arvon are classic podzols which have developed on sandy loam glacial till locally overlain with a loamy or silty mantle. The Munising sandy loam-Michigamme silt loam complex is dominant.[4]

The property is owned by the MeadWestvaco paper company but public access is allowed.[citation needed]

In 2018, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported that the highest surface elevation in Michigan was the top of the Tilden Mine waste pile in Marquette County near Ishpeming. At the time, the top of the pile was at slightly above 2,000 feet (610 m), more than 20 feet (6.1 m) higher than the summit of Mount Arvon.[5]

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  1. ^ a b "Mount Arvon, Michigan". Retrieved November 8, 2012.
  2. ^ "Mount Arvon". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved November 8, 2012.
  3. ^ "Map and List of U.S. State Highpoints". In Ice Axe We Trust. Archived from the original on February 3, 2014. Retrieved January 28, 2014.
  4. ^ "SoilWeb: An Online Soil Survey Browser | California Soil Resource Lab". Archived from the original on November 19, 2021. Retrieved April 10, 2021.
  5. ^ Meier, Eric (January 28, 2019). "Mount Arvon Is No Longer Michigan's Highest Point, This Pile of Mining Waste Is". Kalamazoo, MI: K102.5. Archived from the original on July 5, 2022. Retrieved March 18, 2022.

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