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Michigan Mine Inspectors
(Counties that have had underground mining excluding coal mines)

Your first resource on any matter involving abandoned mines is the local county Mine Inspector

Marquette County

Mine Inspector
John E. Carlson
806 N. Second Street
Ishpeming, MI 49849
Phone 485-1392

Underground iron mines, several other metallic exploration shafts

Iron County

Thomas Karvala
P.O. Box 516
Caspian, MI 49915

Underground iron mines

Dickinson County

Steven M. Smith
Dickinson County Mine Inspector
1105 Westwood Ave.
Iron Mountain, MI  49801
fx: 906-774-9966

Underground iron mines

Baraga County

Mine Inspector
Donald Carlson
(906) 524-7510

Underground iron mines

Houghton County


Mine Inspector
Murray Gillis
43626 US 41
Chassell, MI 49916
906-523-4105 home
906-487-1820 office
482-2921 FAX

Underground copper mines

Keweenaw County


Mine Inspector
James Kaura

Underground copper mines

Ontonagon County 

Mine Inspector
William Turin,
P.O.Box 183,
1911 Mass Ave.,
Mass City, MI 49925
phone 906-883-3378.
Underground copper mines

Gogebic County

(No mine inspector)
Contact the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners
C/O Administrator,
200 North Moore Street
Bessemer, MI 49911
phone 906-667-0411

Underground iron mines and other metalllic exploration shafts

Kent County

  Underground Gypsum mines 

Wayne County

  Underground Salt mines
Michigan Abandoned Underground Mines Inventory

Dr. Allan M. Johnson,
Project Principal Investigator
Mining Engineering
Michigan Technological University
Houghton, MI

Project Principal Investigator, Michigan Abandoned Underground Mines Inventory
Michigan Department of Natural Resources

For Metallic or Nonmetallic Minerals contact Milt Gere:

Milton A. Gere, Jr., Geologist,
Michigan D.N.R.,
Forest, Mineral & Fire Management,
P.O.Box 30452,
Lansing, MI 48909-7952
phone 517-335-3249
fax 517-373-2443

More information:

Michigan Department of Natural Resourcesl

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

DNR contact for State-owned lands and general lands for Michigan Abandoned Underground Mines Inventory notice