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Situated south of K.I. Sawyer and east of Gwinn, Little Lake, Michigan is an unincorporated community in Forsyth Township, Marquette County, in the Upper Peninsula.

Little Lake was named for the body of water in the southwestern portion of the community. Beauyan Lake, Farmer Lake, Morbit Lake, and several smaller bodies of water surround the community.

The community is located along M-35, which intersects with Little Lake Road, County Highway EED, County Highway EJ, and Millyard Road near the center of town. The only incorporated cities and villages within thirty miles of Little Lake are Marquette, Chatham, Negaunee, and Ishpeming, although the unincorporated communities of K.I. Sawyer, New Swanzy, Gwinn, Austin, and McFarland are within ten miles.

The community developed around a mill and general store operated by the Cheshire Iron Manufacturing Company, which opened in 1863. At around the same time, the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad opened a station to serve the mill operations, southeast of its crossing with the Munising, Marquette, & Southeastern Railway, called Cheshire Junction.

The village was first called Little Lake, but when a post office was established there on October 20, 1877, it was named Forsyth, for the township. Ira Clark was the first postmaster. The post office kept the name Forsyth, probably because it served the larger township, until March 1, 1966, when the post office's name was changed to Little Lake.

As an unincorporated community, Little Lake does not have defined boundaries, so any businesses, industries, schools, churches, organizations, attractions, events, or recreational opportunities bearing a Little Lake postal address would be appropriate for this portion of our guide.



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