Thumb Region Community

Our Community

Bad Axe serves as the county seat and is the largest community in Huron County, as well as a commercial center for the upper Thumb area.

Before the Civil War, the first widely used trail through the thumb area wilderness was being surveyed. Workers made camp and found a 'badly damaged axe'. Noted on the minutes of their survey and on a sign placed along the trail, Bad Axe was on the map and is used to this day.

Bad Axe is a community of just under 4,000 people located right in the heart of Huron County. Outside the city limits the area is surrounded by woods and farmland, and inside is a variety of restaurants, florists, parks, churches, hotels, and an abundance of small, locally owned businesses, with more opening all the time!

Just a short drive away is Lake Huron, which offers many recreational activities for all! Boating, fishing, hunting, golfing, and camping are just a few of the activities to take part in while in Michigan’s Thumb.

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McLaren Thumb Region's Wound Care Center Earns Center of Distinction Award

Members of McLaren Thumb Region's Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center celebrate recognition as the recipient of the Center of Distinction award. This ...

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McLaren Thumb Region Receives 5 Stars for Overall Hospital Quality

McLaren Thumb Region earns recognition as the only hospital within Huron County to receive a five-star rating from the Center for Medicare and Med...

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McLaren Thumb and Caro Regions Relax Visitor Restrictions

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