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Experience the Lake Effect

in Manistee County

Natural beauty.  It’s northern Michigan’s claim to fame, and it flourishes in Manistee County.  There are no big cities orsuburban sprawl in our section of the Pure Michigan Mitten. Enjoy our 25 miles of sandy Lake Michigan shoreline, three Lake Michigan harbors, inland lakes, 270 miles of prime paddling  rivers and four-season fisheries. Visit our charming, historic towns and marvel at our fertile farms and lush orchards, and our thousands of acres of Manistee National Forest.

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World Class Lake Michigan Beaches

Enjoy the 26 miles of sugar sand beaches along the shores of Lake Michigan. Find privacy and seclusion, or find yourself in the middle of all the action with tons of amenities and things to do while you are enjoying a day in the sand.  Browse all of our top Lake Michigan Beaches below.


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Home to World-Class Outdoor Recreation

Ranked one of the top 100 best outdoor recreation areas in the nation by Outdoor Life. Our terrain is equipped with 49 lakes and 276 miles of rivers for the outdoor fanatic.  We have over 150+ miles of groomed and marked snowmobile trails and over 40 miles of groomed XC skiing and snowshoeing trails.

Championship Golfing

The bluffs overlooking Lake Michigan and the mature hardwoods of the Manistee National Forest  make the perfect setting for championship golfing in Northern Michigan. You'll find both in Manistee County, and that's why it is one of Michigan’s premier golf destinations.  With two courses right along the bluffs of Lake Michigan, you will find golfing in Manistee County is the perfect way to experience the lake effect in Manistee County!


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Nature & Pet Friendly Parks in Manistee County

Traveling with your four legged companions is becoming more and more of a norm in the travel world, so rest assured that we have places that welcome your pets. A top beach in the Manistee Area would be the North Beach Access.  Perfect, out of the way, and...

Great Music, Great People and Free Summer Concerts

Great music, great people, open air and it’s all free. There are several summer-long concert series that feature a variety of musical genres in Manistee County on different days. Kick back and enjoy! Music on the Porch at Douglas Valley Winery (Sunday)...

Red, White & Blue Water

The piers at the mouth of the Manistee River are most often used for watching spectacular sunsets over Lake Michigan.  But on one weekend in May in Manistee, at dawn and again at noon, there are spectacular sights of a different variety to be witnessed. In...

Grebe Park

Arcadia Lake is a 100-acre, natural beauty gem and Grebe Park, both family- and pet-friendly, offers access to all. Through the park’s association with Manistee County’s Explore the Shores Program, construction of a special fishing platform and launch site...

Little River. Big Fun.

The Pure Michigan campaign is well exemplified in Manistee County which is full of beautiful sites and scenery. Off the beaten path and on the shores of Lake Michigan, it is a recreational paradise that more people discover each year. When they arrive,...

3 Harbors of Manistee County

In fair weather in spring, summer and fall, water lovers on kayaks, canoes, paddleboards and PWCs share the Lake Michigan shoreline, harbors and rivers with power boats and sailboats. When the weather gets rough, surfers and kiteboarders navigate swirling...

A weekend snowmobiling trip…

Take a weekend and take to the trails.  Manistee County is a pretty great place to drop in with the sleds for a weekend.  Two great snowmobiling clubs manage and maintain the trails in the area.  The Wellston Snowmobiling club maintains the southern trail...

The Sand Industry in Manistee

While salt was more or less discovered in Manistee, sand, on the other hand, was an abundant problem that residents of the city have had to, more or less, endure. In the past, the area's sand dunes gave the city a unique reputation for being pretty to look...

Water and Lake Life in Manistee County

There’s fresh water, water, everywhere and even some to drink in Manistee County’s North Coast Region (with a wink and apologies to Samuel Coleridge’s “Rime of the Ancient Mariner”). We invite you to immerse yourself in the laid-back lake life in our...

Piloting a Freighter through the Manistee River Channel

Photos by: Chris Franckowiak From April through December, and sometimes into January, massive Great Lakes freighters will visit the port of Manistee, delighting residents and visitors, who will line the banks of the river channel to watch in awe and...

Plan Your Trip to Manistee County Now!

You are sure to find that perfect place to stay while you are in Manistee County! From quaint bed and breakfasts to beautiful golf resorts, Manistee, Michigan is home to a diverse range of lodging choices that can meet any budget need! At each of our lodging facilities, you will be met with friendly staff that are excited to have you staying with them in Manistee County!