Wolverine, Michigan’s best kept secret, and it may not be as popular as other cities in United States, but don’t let that fool you. Wolverine is a smaller but beautiful upcoming tourist destination that is worth a visit. You will be surprised by some of the unique things to do and places you can explore. The area is prime real estate for development and an outstanding atmosphere, the village’s growth trend will continue for years to come. The Village of Wolverine is striving to provide shopping, dining, and recreational facilities combined with the tranquil agricultural land with sprawling countryside. Wolverine is located about 10 miles south of Indian River. Wolverine is situated on the Sturgeon River where the west branch joins the main branch at 45°16′24″N 84°36′16″W.
The Sturgeon River is a 40.8-mile-long river flowing mostly northward through Otsego and Cheboygan counties. The Sturgeon River rises in Livingston Township, Otsego County, near the city of Gaylord. It flows into Burt Lake in the community of Indian River. A channel formerly flowed into the Indian River, but the main course of the river now empties directly into Burt Lake. The West Branch Sturgeon River rises in southeast Charlevoix County and flows 17.5 miles to the main stream in Wolverine. The Little Sturgeon River rises in Cheboygan County northeast of Wolverine and flows north on a course generally parallel to the Sturgeon River. The mouth of the Little Sturgeon River is on the former channel of the Sturgeon River that flows into the Indian River.
Wolverine Middle/High School is the only high school in the Wolverine Community School District, and it ranks #398 out of 1,149 High Schools in Michigan. Wolverine Middle/High School is ranked #11,626 in the National Rankings. Schools are ranked on their performance on state-required tests, graduation and how well they prepare students for college. Read more about how we rank the Best High Schools.
The area was originally settled by Jacob Shook and his family as early as 1874. The community was named “Torrey” when George Richards settled in the area soon after. Venturing to the area was difficult, as the nearest railway line ended in Gaylord about 20 miles to the south. Richards was a frequent traveler back and forth to Gaylord for mail and supplies, often staying mid-route at Vanderbilt. He requested a closer post office, which was granted under the name Wolverine in late 1880. The post office was first established on January 3rd 1881, and continues to remain in operation. Richards served as the first postmaster. As an early settler of the community, he helped organize and operate the local school district and was also a real estate dealer and lumberman. He was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in 1903.
In 1881, Wolverine recorded 18 residents. Soon after, the Jackson, Lansing, and Saginaw Railroad Company received a deed and began railway construction at the community of Trowbridge about 5 miles to the southeast. By 1891, the population of Wolverine increased to about 1,000 residents, who mainly worked for the railway and lumbering industry. The community incorporated as a village in 1903. By 1905, the area population was around 1,800. When the lumber industry declined by the 1930s, the population drastically decreased as many people left Wolverine.