Welcome to Manistee County, Michigan

A Pure Michigan Passion Destination in Northwest Michigan.

Natural beauty.  It’s northern Michigan’s claim to fame, and it flourishes in Manistee County.  There are no big cities or suburban 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 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.

There are opportunities year-round to explore our county by foot, bicycle, motorcycle and auto, x-country ski, snowshoe, ATV, snowmobile, boat, kayak and canoe, as roads, trails, rivers and lakes crisscross throughout the county.  You can even explore the county by air.  Use this official tourism site in Manistee County as your complete tourism resource for traveling to Manistee and Northwest Michigan.


As the first flakes fall in Manistee County, we start planning for a winter season full of fun and adventure. Something special happens when you get out in the sunshine after a fresh bed of snow blankets the area. You feel like a kid again, you feel alive!

During all four seasons of the year, Manistee offers plenty to explore in the great outdoors, and winter is no exception. Ranked one of the top 100 best outdoor recreation areas in the nation by Outdoor Life, Manistee County provides endless ways to explore the great outdoors when the snow flies.

 Access your FREE 2021 Winter Trails Guide to Manistee County

Get ready for Winter in Northern Michigan! Access maps, insider tips, and local stories focusing on snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, paddling & more! There is so much do to and experience in winter, we recommend you pick up a free guide now and start planning!

Your Adventures. Your Stories. #MyManistee

Live #MyManistee Beach Cameras

Live feed of the Fifth Avenue Beach in #MyManistee
Courtesy of City of Manistee

Live feed of the First Street Beach in #MyManistee
Courtesy of City of Manistee

Try A Self-Guided Tour in Manistee County

We have taken the guess work out of traveling in Manistee County with our self-guided tour series. We have compiled 15 self-guided tours so far and continue to add more each year as you, our loyal travelers, provide feedback on how you want to explore our region.  Browse our latest tours below.

Looking for Fall Color Routes?
Access all of our scenic routes!

Experience a “Snow Day”
Enjoy a perfect snow day!