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 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 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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Kaleva Bottle House

In 1941, a unique home was built in Kaleva out of 60,000 glass bottles by John Makinen.   Mr. Makinen owned the local pop bottling factory so he used chipped or flawed bottles from his pop bottling factory for his house. It was designed with artistic...

On stage, screen & canvas

Enjoying entertainment, arts and culture in Manistee County comes with the added bonus of the natural beauty of Lake Michigan, forests and orchards, and dynamic historic architecture.At the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts, located in the City of...

A Passenger Ship Through the Past – Touring the S.S. City of Milwaukee

Written by: Andrew Allen Growing up in Manistee County somehow the S.S. City of Milwaukee always seemed to hide right in plain sight. I’d drive past the massive (347 foot passenger/railroad car) ferry without really giving it much thought. Finally, sometime in high...

Hooked on Salmon

Salmon fever erupted in Lake Michigan in the late 1960’s. Actually, erupted is an understatement: How about EXPLODED! For many years prior, Lake Michigan fishing was mostly fishing… not so much catching. The lamprey had devastated the lake trout. There...

144 Greens: Start planning your golf vacation

There is perhaps no better spot in all of Michigan golf than the balcony at Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club at sunset. The views toward the horizon of Lake Michigan stretch for miles. The fescue grasses of the course’s rugged dunes flutter in the wind and shimmer...

The Twisted Trails of Manistee County

If spending weekends on ATVs climbing vertical rock walls, barreling through boulder gardens and mud bogs, joining in beat downs, truck pulls, dog parties and winter snow wheeling is your kind of fun, Twisted Trails Off Road Park is the place for you. “We...

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)...

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,...

Moonlight Skiing at Big M

During the dead of winter, there is one light that is shining brightly in the heart of the Manistee National Forest.  At the Big-M Recreation area, there are two "moonlight ski night" that take place on the full moon evenings in January and February...

Drop your paddle board in the water

East river floatsOur two Manistee Rivers - Ideal for big groups, kids and people who don’t have a ton of paddling experience that are looking for a true Northern Michigan adventure.The Big Manistee River is wide, and smooth flowing with no rapids or tight...

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!