An artesian aquifer is a confined aquifer containing groundwater under positive pressure. This type of well seems to defy gravity because the pressure that builds up between layers of rock gets relieved when the water finds a path to the open air. Manistee County has two popular artesian wells which have been enjoyed by locals and visitors for many years. This is the first of two wells and is popular amongst the local residents along Portage Point Drive as well as passing cyclists or travelers that are enjoying a day trip along M-22. These water sources are considered to produce some of the purest water in the county.