Boating and Harbors in Manistee County

Escape from your hectic schedule, and let our 25 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline soothe and calm you. Wiggle your toes in the warm golden sand, close your eyes, breathe deeply and listen to the waves. Our Lake Michigan beaches are considered some of the best in Michigan, and after you visit you will know why.


Live feed of the Manistee Harbor at the Maple Street Bridge looking West.
Courtesy of: City of Manistee

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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...

Ice Fishing the Lakes of Manistee

As January temperatures drop, a thick layer of ice begins to form across the inland lakes, and slowly small shanty towns start to develop as sport fishermen flock to 80 deep water lakes of our region for another type of winter fishing.  Through the mid to late winter...

Hiking the Loop: Manistee River Trail & North Country Trail Loop

Nestled in the Manistee National Forest you will find hundreds of miles of marked trails for those who love to hike, bike, or in the winter, cross country ski and snowshoe. Which trail should you choose for your weekend adventure? We suggest the North...

Wonders of Winter Along M22

The scenic M22 route following the Lake Michigan shoreline from Manistee north through the Leelanau Peninsula is one of the most beautiful drives in any season of the year, winter is no exception. Your route begins at US31 & M22 at the Little River Casino Resort....

Ski Nearby Manistee

Looking to spend some time on the slopes? Just a 30-minute drive from most locations in Manistee County, you can enjoy a day of downhill skiing or snowboarding at two popular Northern Michigan destinations offering nearly 100 ski runs. Need to gear up? Both regional...

City Bridges: Maple Street Bridge

Prior to the late 1860s, there was no easy access across the Manistee river channel. This meant that the town was actually made up of two areas and two communities, those that resided North of the city limits and those that resided South of the city. The...

Riding the Big Bear Butt Cruise

Multi-kilometer bicycle cruises, northern Lower Michigan scenery, campfires and camaraderie. It seemed like a success story just waiting to be written for Manistee County native Bob Schuelke. He turned a love of cycling and the community he grew up in into...

The city of Manistee turns 150

During the first week in March of 1869, Manistee was granted a charter by the State Legislature officially making Manistee a city.  After the first charter election was held on March 15 of that year, a mayor was elected as were alderman for the city’s...

Big M’s Outer Loop

Where we gonna ride today, Dyl? Today we are riding the Outer Loop at Big M! The outer loop is about 15 miles and depending on the conditions of the day, can take anywhere from just under 2 hours, to up to three and a half or more if conditions are like below! The...

The Piper Inspires Arcadia Bluffs & Manistee County

Picture this. You’re relaxing with friends on the patio at Arcadia Bluffs Lodge, enjoying the warm sunlight softened by the pastel hues that signal the sunset to come. As you gaze westward toward Lake Michigan, you spot the Scottish bagpiper in full...