DROP A LINE IN MANISTEE COUNTY

GET YOUR FISH ON IN MANISTEE COUNTY! 

Cast away your troubles and go fishing in a world-class destination right here in northwest Michigan.  Check out the variety of fishing opportunities from our inland lakes to our scenic rivers.  Manistee County has a variety of affordable lodging options and we’re a 4 season fishing community.  

River, Lake & Launch Maps

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GOOD THINGS HAPPEN TO THOSE WHO BAIT… 

and Manistee County is stocked and ready for your next fishing adventure.  Here you’ll find all the resources you need to make it happen.

Your Fish Stories. #MyManistee

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ACCESS RIVER, LAKE AND BOAT LAUNCHES 

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Big Manistee River

Little Manistee River

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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...

A day with you on M-22 in Manistee County

Leave it all behind and begin to discover Manistee County – a place that will take you back in time. No neon. No billboards. No stop and go lights. It’s morning on M-22 and the sun begins to peek through the sky as it rises in the east, just tinting the...

Fat Biking the Swedish Fiddle Loop

Where we gonna ride today, Dyl? Big M is nestled between Wellston and Manistee in the mighty Huron-Manistee National Forest. A trail head for cross county skiing, snowshoeing, and of course, FATBIKING! Today we are riding the Swedish Fiddle Loop! AKA The Beginner’s...

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...

XC Skiing Adventure on the Big M

Bike. Ski. Trek. With a rich history dating back to the 1950s, the Big M Recreation Area offers almost 40 miles of trails winding through the Manistee National Forest featuring terrain carved through the hardwoods to challenge all skill levels.  This popular groomed...

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...

Top 5 Winter Scenes to Photograph in #MyManistee

Thinking about Trying Something New in 2021?   Check out our Top 5 #MyManistee Winter scenes to photograph this season in Manistee County!  ​#1 Old Baldy: Walk through a forested dune to a landscape of sugar-sand snow swirls beneath your feet at Arcadia Dunes. Your...

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...

Winter Paddling on the Big Manistee

With open water year-round on the 4 rivers of Manistee County, winter paddling adventure abounds from the same access points paddlers enjoy in the summer months.  Don’t let colder temperatures keep you away from paddling when the snow flies.  You will find the scenic...

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...

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