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Attractions in: Manistee County, Michigan

Location: Northern Michigan
Average Snowfall: 80 - 100 inches
Fall Color Season: Late September - Early October

White beaches

Orchard Beach State Park Situated on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan, this 201-acre park offers a variety of outdoor recreations centered on water sports and in particular fishing. The park includes 176 campsites with picnic tables, fire rings and electrical hook ups. An excellent swimming beach is adjacent to an open picnic shelter, picnic tables, grills, and children's playground. Plenty of shade is available.

Lake Michigan Recreation Area - Beautiful scenes of Lake Michigan make it the perfect setting for a family picnic on the beach 12 miles south of Manistee. Camping, hiking, biking, swimming and a handicap accessible observation deck are some of the amenities.

Excellent Hunting


Rafting/Canoeing/Kayaking Take a cool refreshing river trip down the Platte, Pine, Big Manistee or Little Manistee rivers. From beginners to advanced, there is a trip available for all levels of water sports enthusiasts. With your choice of canoes, kayaks, tubes, rafts, motorboats, paddleboats, pontoon or row boats along with all the natural beauty, a great day on the river is a sure thing.

Check out these rental locations for schedules and availability. Insta Launch, Big Manistee, (866) 452-8642 On the Water, Inc., Manistee Lake, (231) 690-1368 Riverside Canoes, Platte, (231) 325-5622 Wilderness Canoe Trips, Big Manistee, (800) 873-6379


There are many cross country skiing trails throughout Manistee. Visit the Michigan DNR for registered trails

Salmon fishing

Manistee is known for it's great fishing and home to many fishing tournaments. Manistee has two river systems, the Big and Little Manistee. Both rivers produce the majority of natural fish that enter Lake Michigan, and in addition the rivers receive supplemental plants of salmon and trout.

Looking for a charter? Visit Captain Ed from West Coast Sportfishing Lake Michigan salmon fishing charters

Victorian Village featuring the Ramsdell Theater

Strikingly beautiful, this century old ornate building acts as the hub of Manistee's cultural scene. The building houses theater and symphony productions, as well as exhibits from the Manistee Art Institute. The famous actor, James Earl Jones began his career in theater here and returned for the 100th anniversary of The Ramsdell in 2003. You will be amazed at the detailed architectural elements inside and outside this historic masterpiece. Ramsdel Theater


With more than a dozen golf courses located in Manistee you'll be sure to find the perfect course.

Manistee River - great for canoeing and fishing

Bordering our area, the Manistee National Forest with beautiful scenery and world class rivers and streams; Pere Marquette, Big Manistee, and Manistee rivers. Wild salmon and trout habitat these rivers, folks travel from all of the world to hook a sky-rocketing steelhead, or line ripping wild chinook salmon or brown trout.

Wellston – Pine River Paddlesports Center

Hidden in the Heart of the Manistee National Forest, the PINE RIVER PADDLESPORTS CENTER rents canoes, kayaks, and rubber rafts on the Pine and Big Manistee Rivers, Michigan’s premiere paddlesport rivers. PRPC is also home to the Wow Wall, a 32 foot tall, super-safe, automatic-belay rock climbing wall. PRPC also operates a very clean, very quiet, very secure campground, and the PRPC Adventure Store stocked with camp & river trip essentials, UpNorth clothing, souvenirs, and gift items.


The Manistee (Manis-tea) National Forest is located in the west- central part of Michigan, a small part of which borders the eastern shore of Lake Michigan. It is comprised of 533,901 acres

Three major rivers wind through the Manistee National Forest to Lake Michigan. They are Pine, Manistee, and Pere Marquette Rivers. Pine River, the "smallest", winds its way as a fast flowing waterway to the Manistee River. For those who think they might want to challenge Pine River, it is recommended for only experienced canoeists who do not mind taking an unplanned dip. The Manistee River is a wider, slower moving, "family" river. And, fisherman claim the Pere Marquette River is the best fishing river in the Forest.

The North Country Trail (NCT) is a National Scenic Trail which, when completed, will stretch across 3,200-miles of this country. About 100 miles wind across the Manistee National Forest. Although the developed campgrounds of Bear Track, and Bowman Bridge aren't adjacent to the NCT, they are close enough to be a base camp for the Trail's many hikers.

Morel Mushroom Hunting

One of the more interesting recreational activities found in the Manistee National Forest is morel (mushroom) hunting. The most popular of the edible mushrooms found in the Forest's woodlands, morel hunting attracts novices as well as expert searchers. The best time for morels is May but with more than 100 different types of mushroom, mushroom hunting is a summer-long activity. With some being poisonous, be sure to bring a good mushroom identification book.


Visit the Little River Casino in Manistee

Historic Boat Tours

View the Historical Victorian Port City of Manistee from the water. Trip includes view of Historic Downtown, Wetlands and our beautiful Lighthouse. Contact Waterbug Boat Tours at (231) 398-0919.

View Manistee from the air

Orchard Beach Aviation has both scenic plane rides and chartering services

Charter Fishing

Killin' Time Charters Charter Boat Fishing in Manistee, MI on the Beautiful 31' Silverton Convertible Killin' Time III for Salmon and Trout and in St Joe, MI aboard Blue Runner for the oustanding spring Kings. Bring your family, friends or business associates out for a Great Day on the Great Lakes.

Cities you can visit in Manistee County, Michigan

Arcadia Township, Bear Lake, Brethren, Brown Township, Cleon Township, Copemish, Dickson Township, Eastlake, Filer City, Filer Township, Kaleva, Manistee, Maple Grove Township, Marilla Township, Norman Township, Onekama Township, Pleasanton Township, Springdale Township, Stronach Township, Wellston

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