Marquette Branch Prison was authorized by the Michigan State Legislature in 1885. The prison was subsequently built on the shores of Lake Superior on property that was a gift to the State from the Marquette Businessmen's Association. The prison was completed in 1889 at a cost of less than $200,000. The Level V portion of the facility has four general population housing units and two administrative segregation housing units. The Secure Level I portion of the facility has four housing units located outside of the concrete wall surrounding Level V.