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Fishing in Manistee County

If you have fished our waters before, you know why Manistee County is regarded as a “world class” fishing destination. We have three deep-water harbors on Lake Michigan and three top-notch rivers to fish or paddle.

A trip to the Little Manistee River Weir : One of the top attractions an outdoor enthusiast should check out is the Little Manistee River Weir Egg Take Station.  This is egg harvest station opens its doors and welcomes the public for a great educational experience.  Watch the video here and contact the Visitors Bureau to learn more.

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Miles of Lake Michigan Shoreline

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EXPLORE FISHING IN MANISTEE COUNTY

Enjoy a day on Lake Michigan or on the calm waters of any of our three main inland rivers or numerous lakes.  Connect with one of our area charter’s to learn more and plan your adventure!

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Generations of Land: Farms in Manistee County

Farming in Manistee County is not just a job for the families who live and work here- it is part of their history and culture. Each individual farming family is unique in its own way, celebrating the traditions of ancestors through each crop they harvest...

Grebe Park

Arcadia Lake is a 100-acre, natural beauty gem and Grebe Park, both family- and pet-friendly, offers access to all. Through the park’s association with Manistee County’s Explore the Shores Program, construction of a special fishing platform and launch site...

Our Lakeshore in Manistee County

Lake Michigan at the Portage Lake outlet, Onekama, MI : Photo Credit: Al Taylor Boaters who travel the Great Lake Michigan to visit Manistee County know to keep their charts and GPS handy. There are no skyscrapers or tall bridges to eyeball on this section...

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...

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

NOTICE: RED BRIDGE TRAIL CLOSED FOR CONSTRUCTION : For those looking to cross the Big Manistee River at Red Bridge, you will be unable to do so because of bridge reconstruction and trail improvements.  Read the full notice from the US Forest Service...

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...

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...

Vogue Theater

Built in 1938, in the then popular Art Deco Style, the Vogue was part of a large Midwestern chain owned by the Butterfield Theaters. The 935 seat theater continued to operate as a single screen until Butterfield Theaters sold it in 1985 and it was changed...

Red, White & Blue Water

The piers at the mouth of the Manistee River are most often used for watching spectacular sunsets over Lake Michigan.  But on one weekend in May in Manistee, at dawn and again at noon, there are spectacular sights of a different variety to be witnessed. In...

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...