Attractions & Things To Do

Come to the beautiful Manistique area and experience breathtaking scenery, four seasons of outdoor sports and numerous historical landmarks. Whether you enjoy nature, boating, fishing, camping, snowmobiling, hunting, shopping, dining or just relaxing, the Manistique area offers a wide variety of opportunities for vacation fun.

  • Big Spring

    Palms Book State Park (Kitch-iti-kipi, The Big Spring)

    LAT 46.004772000000003 LONG -86.385047Manistique, Michigan 49854Approximate Size: 388 AcresPhone: (906) 341-2355

    Palms Book State Park is located at the northern terminus of state highway M-149, a fifteen minute drive north of US-2 at Thompson. It is a rewarding side trip for the vacationer touring the Upper Peninsula, for here can be seen one of Michigan's alluring natural attractions Kitch-iti-kipi, The Big Spring. "The Big Spring" is the largest in Michigan - forty feet deep and over 10,000 gallons of clear water gush per minute from the fissures in the underlying limestone. Crystal clear, 45 degree water supports a large raft from which you can view this beautiful, giant spring and its inhabitants.

  • Seul Choix Point

    Seul Choix Point Light

    672 N. West Gulliver Lake RoadGulliver, MI 49840Phone: (906) 283-3183

    Seul Choix Point Lighthouse (pronounced SIS-SHWA) in nearby Gulliver, Michigan was built to light the way for the increasing number of vessels carrying the iron ore that was being shipped out of Escanaba,MI. Seul Choix Point Lighthouse is now a community park for everyone to enjoy. Built: 1895 this light, whose name is French for "only choice", was once the center of a thriving fishing community in the only harbor of refuge along this stretch of Lake Michigan. Today, the lighthouse complex is the only thing that remains active.

  • Fayette State Park

    Fayette State Park & Historic Townsite

    4785 II RoadGarden, Michigan 49835Phone: (906) 644-2603

    Fayette was once one of the Upper Peninsula's most productive iron-smelting operations. Located on the Garden Peninsula at Snail Shell Harbor. When the charcoal iron market began to decline, the Jackson Iron Company closed its Fayette smelting operation in 1891. It is now a completely restored village including 22 historic buildings, museum exhibits and the visitor center, which can be toured May through October. The historic site is located in Fayette State Park.

  • Indian Lake State Park

    Indian Lake State Park

    8970 W County Road 442Manistique, Michigan 49854Phone: (906) 341-2355

    Indian lake State Park is located on Indian Lake, the fourth largest inland lake in the Upper Peninsula with an area of 8,400 acres. It is 6 miles long and 3 miles wide. The lake was once called M'O'Nistique Lake. According to surveyor records dated 1850, Native Americans lived in log cabins near the outlet of the Lake.

  • Lake Michigan Boardwalk

    The Boardwalk on Lake Michigan

    along Lake MichiganManistique, Michigan 49854

    The Boardwalk runs down the Lake Michigan shore in the town of Manistique. Go for an early morning walk or take an afternoon and picnic in the park. You can view the Manistique Lighthouse or ships passing by. It is a wonderfull way to spend a day.

  • Seney Wildlife Refuge

    Seney National Wildlife Refuge

    1674 Refuge Entrance RoadSeney, Michigan 49883Phone: (906) 586-9851Visitor Center: Open May 15th - October 20th | 9am - 5pm Daily

    Seney National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1935 for the protection and production of migratory birds and other wildlife. Today the Refuge is comprised of a rich mosaic of marshes, swamps, bogs, grasslands, and forests. Nearly two-thirds of the Refuge is classified as wetland. The refuge Headquarters and Visitor Center are located on Highway M-77 approximately 3 miles north of Germfask, Michigan and 15 miles northwest of Curtis, Michigan. It is one of the best wildlife excursions you can make, it is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

  • Hiawatha

    The Hiawatha National Forest

    Michigan's Upper Peninsula

    The Hiawatha National Forest is located in Michigan and encompasses about 879,600 acres. It is composed of two units, stretching from Lake Michigan, on its southern border, to Lake Superior in the north.

  • Thompson Fish Hatchery

    Thompson State Fish Hatchery

    944 South State Highway M-149Manistique, Michigan 49854Phone: (906) 341-5587

    The Thompson Fish Hatchery is located about eight miles west of Manistique on County Road 149. It is one of six hatcheries operated by the Fisheries Division of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and is open for tours. Most of the hatchery's annual production is cold water species such as brook trout, splake, brown trout, rainbow trout and chinook salmon most of which is planted in Upper Peninsula waters.

  • Kewadin Casino

    Kewadin Casino, Manistique, Michigan

    5630 W US-HWY2Manistique, Michigan 49854

    Kewadin Casino, located in Manistique, offers all the excitement of a full-size casino, featuring Blackjack, Craps, Poker, Bingo, Keno, Roulette and slot machines. Complimentary casino shuttle services available to all hotels. Try your luck and join the millions of players who take their chances, become high rollers, or beat the odds at the area's largest gaming complex.

  • Water Tower

    Historic Manistique Water Tower

    River StreetManistique, Michigan 49854

    The Schoolcraft County Historical Park, in Manistique, features a museum and the historic 200 foot tall brick water tower. The octagonal tower, built in 1922, has a capacity of 200,000 gallons and was built in the Roman style of architecture. Listed on the National and State Historic Registers, the Water Tower commemorates the birth of Manistique's municipal water works. The Tower, park and museum are maintained by the Schoolcraft County Historical Society and are a short stroll from the Siphon Bridge.

    The newly restored Siphon Bridge spans the Manistique River and flume and was originally built in 1919 to channel water into the paper mill. In its orginal form the bridge was listed in "Ripley's Believe It or Not" because the road was acutally below the level of the water in the flume.

  • Baraga Shrine

    Bishop Baraga Shrine

    near Indian LakeManistique, Michigan 49854

    During his lifetime, Baraga founded many missions in northern Michigan. The original Indian Lake mission, the third of Baraga's faith, was built in anticipation of his first visit to the area in May of 1832. The chapel, built by local Chippewas, used traditional Indian construction methods and materials such as logs and bark. The Bishop Baraga Shrine near Indian Lake includes a chapel, Indian dwellings, and buildings open to the public.

  • Rainey Wildlife Area

    Rainey Wildlife Area

    Directions: From US-2 in Manistique, drive north through town on M-94 about 5 miles to Dawson Road. Turn left (west) and proceed 1.5 miles to an access road that goes north to the site parking lot.Size: 100 AcresPhone: (906) 293-5131 Michigan DNR - Newberry Office

    A hiking trail that passes through maple, yellow birch, and mixed conifer habitat takes hikers over boardwalks and through wet areas, leading to an elevated observation platform that provides a feeling of remoteness with outstanding opportunities for viewing wildlife.

  • East Breakwater Light

    Manistique East Breakwater Light

    LAT 45.944786 LONG -86.247654Coastline, Manistique, Michigan 49854Year First Lit: 1916Automated: 1969

    Foundation: Concrete Pier, Construction: Steel, Tower Shape: Square Pyramidal, Markings/Pattern: Red with Black Lantern, Original Lens: Fourth-Order Fresnel (original).

  • Wine Tasting Room

    Manistique On The Harbor (Mackinaw Trail Winery Tasting Room)

    103 W Lakeshore DriveManistique, MI 49854Phone: (906) 341-2303

    A unique waterfront tasting room. Sit on the dock and enjoy a glass of wine. Hours are Thursday through Saturday 10-5pm.

Dining Out

  • Big Boy Restaurant

    720 E. Lakeshore Dr. - Manistique (906) 341-6941 fax (906) 586-3036

  • Big Spring Inn

    1263 N State Highway M149 - Manistique(906) 644-2506

  • Cedar St Cafe

    220 S. Cedar St. - Manistique(906) 341-2469

  • Clyde's

    Chippewa Ave - Manistique(906) 341-6021

  • Floyd's Family Restaurant

    283 South Cedar St. - Manistique(906) 341-0245

  • Hardee's Restaurant

    350 E. US-2 - Manistique(906) 341-8433

  • Jack Pine Lodge

    5350 N State Hwy M94 - Manistique(906) 573-2414

  • Main St Pizza

    203 S. Cedar St. - Manistique(906) 341-6966

  • Subway

    370 E. US-2 - Manistique(906) 341-3488

  • "40" Bar & Grill

    100 S 2nd St. - Manistique(906) 341-8212

  • Subway

    370 East US Highway 2 - Manistique(906) 341-3488

  • Three Seasons Cafe

    6770 W US Highway 2 - Manistique(906) 341-3463

  • The Upper Crust Cafe & Deli

    375 Traders Point Dr. - Manistique(906) 341-2253

Dining Out

  • Big Boy Restaurant

    720 E. Lakeshore Dr. - Manistique (906) 341-6941 fax (906) 586-3036

  • Big Spring Inn

    1263 N State Highway M149 - Manistique(906) 644-2506

  • Cedar St Cafe

    220 S. Cedar St. - Manistique(906) 341-2469

  • Clyde's

    Chippewa Ave - Manistique(906) 341-6021

  • Floyd's Family Restaurant

    283 South Cedar St. - Manistique(906) 341-0245

  • Hardee's Restaurant

    350 E. US-2 - Manistique(906) 341-8433

  • Jack Pine Lodge

    5350 N State Hwy M94 - Manistique(906) 573-2414

  • Main St Pizza

    203 S. Cedar St. - Manistique(906) 341-6966

  • Subway

    370 E. US-2 - Manistique(906) 341-3488

  • "40" Bar & Grill

    100 S 2nd St. - Manistique(906) 341-8212

  • Subway

    370 East US Highway 2 - Manistique(906) 341-3488

  • Three Seasons Cafe

    6770 W US Highway 2 - Manistique(906) 341-3463

  • The Upper Crust Cafe & Deli

    375 Traders Point Dr. - Manistique(906) 341-2253

Kitch-iti-kipi
Baraga Shrine
Manistique Boardwalk