Manistee is a small storybook town on the shores of Lake Michigan. A community with a rich maritime history, diverse culture and miles of National Forest to explore. Stroll down the Manistee Riverwalk as it winds through historic downtown along the Manistee River. Explore the many specialty shops and restaurants, catch a movie at the historic Ramsdell Theatre, or slip away for an afternoon picnic or romantic sunset on the beach. Manistee has 25 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline to explore from quiet secluded beaches to State Parks full of amenities and bustling with people. If you are looking for more than a quiet sunset, visit the Little River Casino Resort and play the slots and tables.
Take a drive on the famous scenic highway M-22 towards Arcadia, climb 120 steps and you will reach the Arcadia Overlook, known as Inspiration Point. Be inspired by the most breath-taking panoramic views of Lake Michigan and far beyond. Stop by to explore the quaint and historic village of Arcadia.
Imagine an outdoor adventure and you will find it here in Manistee. The Manistee National Forest offers a natural wilderness waiting to be explored, with over 40 miles of biking and hiking trails through vast tall pine forests and rolling hills. Float down the Manistee River, tube on the Hodenpyl Dam, have fun on the rope swings or find a quiet sand bar for fly fishing. Take a charter for some deep water lake fishing on Lake Michigan or tee off at one of the many golf courses either along the shores of Lake Michigan or in the dense Manistee Forests. As the leaves turn to gold and the snow begins to fall, the tall pines of the Manistee Forest create a winter wonderland with miles of groomed trails and fresh winter powder for winter sports enthusiasts. Manistee is nature’s perfect playground.
Return to a Victorian era
Rich in maritime history, Manistee is home to many unique historic sites, each with a story to tell. Return to a Victorian era as you take a trip on the beautifully restored trolley through the historic downtown, the entire district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Stroll down Maple Street where Victorian homes line the street and catch a show at the historical art-deco Vogue Theatre. The streets are scattered with museums and beautiful religious structures dating back over 100 years.
Visit our other nearby Lake Michigan towns of Pentwater, Silver Lake, Muskegon, Norton Shores, Grand Haven, Macatawa, Holland, Hutchins Lake and Saugatuck.
Write a chapter of your own storybook in Manistee.