Introduction to Portage, Michigan
Portage, Michigan, in Kalamazoo county, is 6 miles S of Kalamazoo, Michigan and 108 miles E of Chicago, Illinois. The city is part of the Kalamazoo - Battle Creek metropolitan statistical area. 44,897 people live in Portage.
The earliest European settlers arrived in this area during the 19th century. Before they came, the Potowatami Indians lived here. The rich soil of the area proved to be excellent for growing celery, and Portage came to be known as the Celery City of the Nation in the 1880s. The city was incorporated in December of 1963 from the Portage Township.
Portage and nearby Attractions
- Oakland Hills Golf Club
- Austin Lake
- Gourdneck State Game Area
- South Westnedge Park
- Kalamazoo Aviation History Museum
- Kalamazoo Nature Center
Things To Do In Portage
Portage is famous for its historical parks and extensive network of trails. These trails have grown to over 50 miles and are very popular among people who enjoy cycling, jogging and going on long walks. The trails are also fit for many other recreational activities. The Kalamazoo Air Zoo is another popular tourist spot.
Battle Creek International Airport lies just a short distance away.
Portage Higher Education
One can pursue higher studies at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo Valley Community College or Kellogg Community College.