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Epoufette is an unincorporated community in the township on US 2 on Lake Michigan. In 1848, a government surveyor, John R. McLeod, found an Indian village here. Amable Goudreau began a commercial fishing business here in 1859, but it did not get a post office until lumbering operations began. McLeod became the first postmaster in December 1879. The name, French for “place of rest”, was given by early French settlers because it was believed that Father Jacques Marquette used the harbor as the first step on his trip down Lake Michigan from St. Ignace.

Two nearby parks make for memorable rest stops on the long drive across U.S. 2. The state forest’s Lake Michigan beach and Hog Island picnic area (with handicap-accessible facilities) are just two blocks south of U.S. 2 behind the Hog Island Country Store. At the Cut River Bridge, you can climb 147 feet down to the beach.

Geography (of Henricks Township)

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 81.1 square miles (210 km2), of which, 78.9 square miles (204 km2) of it is land and 2.2 square miles (5.7 km2) of it (2.72%) is water.

Demographics (of Henricks Township)

As of the census of 2000, there were 183 people, 78 households, and 51 families residing in the township. The population density was 2.3 per square mile (0.9/km²). There were 173 housing units at an average density of 2.2 per square mile (0.8/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 83.61% White, 10.93% Native American, 0.55% Asian, and 4.92% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.64% of the population.

There were 78 households out of which 25.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.4% were married couples living together, 6.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.6% were non-families. 29.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.82.

In the township the population was spread out with 25.7% under the age of 18, 1.6% from 18 to 24, 29.0% from 25 to 44, 25.7% from 45 to 64, and 18.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 110.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.0 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $32,500, and the median income for a family was $33,906. Males had a median income of $27,083 versus $11,875 for females. The per capita income for the township was $13,772. About 15.3% of families and 23.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 35.0% of those under the age of eighteen and 18.6% of those sixty five or over.

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