• Manistique Breakwater Light
  • The Big Spring
  • Kayaking
  • Indian Lake Trail

Come to the beautiful Manistique area and experience scenery, four seasons of recreation and history. Read more


20 Reasonsto Visit Manistique

Discover some of the many reasons to visit Manistique, listed here in no particular order.

  • The Big Spring

    1. Kitch-iti-kipi (The Big Spring)

    One of Michigan's alluring natural attractions is 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.

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  • Manistique Boardwalk

    2. Manistique Boardwalk

    Stroll along just over two miles of Lake Michigan shoreline on the Manistique Boardwalk. This wood and cement walk features three bridges, several benches, a fishing pier, observation areas and a great view of Manistique’s Breakwater Light. Watch beautiful sunrises and sunsets at your quiet leisure. You will see the top of Lake Michigan, beach and long grass on one side of you and trees on the other.

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  • Fayette Historic State Park

    3. Fayette Historic State Park

    (Garden, MI) This well-preserved museum village recalls another time when it was a bustling iron smelting company town. Fayette offers visitors the unmatched serenity of a Lake Michigan harbor, white cliffs and verdant forests.

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  • Seul Choix Point Light

    4. Seul Choix Point Light

    (Gulliver, MI) Brick light tower originally built in 1895. Tower tours are available and visitors are welcome to enjoy the surrounding grounds, which includes a picnic area, walking paths, and public boat launch.

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  • Kewadin Casino

    5. Kewadin Casino

    Here, you will find a home town atmosphere right along side of the Vegas style table gaming and your favorite slot machines. While entertaining at our casino, enjoy dining at our Mariner's Cove restaurant or relax and take in a sporting evening at our Team Spirits Bar. Also featured here for guests convenience is a gift shop, free parking, and our Northern Rewards Players Club.

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  • Indian Lake State Park

    6. Indian Lake State Park

    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 six miles long and three miles wide. The lake was once called M'O'Nistique Lake. According to 1850 surveyor records, Native Americans lived in log cabins near the outlet of the lake. The park is composed of two units which are three miles apart and separated by the waters of Indian Lake.

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  • Rainey

    7. Rainey Wildlife Area

    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.

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  • Seney

    8. Seney National Wildlife Refuge

    Throughout this nearly 96,000 acres of diverse habitat live a wide variety of wildlife species. Programs, guided tours and visitor center exhibits help you learn about refuge habitats and wildlife.

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  • Watertower

    9. Manistique Museum / Watertower / Siphon Bridge

    (Manistique, MI) The 137-foot-high Romanesque brick water tower dates from 1922 and now houses the Manistique Historical Society’s book and gift shop, plus displays about the town's business and civic history.

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  • Environmental Lab

    10. Schoolcraft County Environmental Lab

    (Manistique, MI) A system of trails located on 80 acres of wooded township land. The purpose of the Lab is to provide hiking, nature appreciation and environmental education opportunities for the general public and local schools.

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  • Manistique on the Harbor

    11. Mackinaw Trail Winery Tasting Room

    'Manistique On The Harbor' is a unique waterfront tasting room. Sit on the dock and enjoy a glass of wine.

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  • Thompson State Fish Hatchery

    12. Thompson State Fish Hatchery

    (Manistique, MI) 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.

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  • Pine Marten Run

    13. Pine Marten Run

    (Hiawatha National Forest) 26 mile system of hiking and horseback riding trails located in the Ironjaw Semi-primitive Area.

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  • Manistique Breakwater Light

    14. Manistique Breakwater Light

    (Manistique, MI) Square pyramidal lighthouse first lit in 1916. The Manistique Boardwalk offers its users a fishing pier, access to the east breakwater light, picnic grounds, and abundant nature and wildlife to enjoy.

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  • Colwell Lake Pathway

    15. Colwell Lake Pathway

    (Hiawatha National Forest) This 2 mile long loop trail meanders along the edge of Colwell Lake and is surfaced to be fully accessible to people with mobility impairments. The trail is particularly stunning in the fall, and also is popular in the winter as a snowshoe trail.

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  • Thompson Historical Site

    16. Thompson Historical Site

    (Thompson, MI) The silent stones of the dock are the final monument to the last port of call of the famous "Christmas Tree Ship", the Rouse Simmons.

  • Bishop Baraga Shrine

    17. Bishop Baraga Shrine

    (Manistique, MI) The Bishop Baraga Shrine near Indian Lake includes a chapel, Indian dwellings, and buildings open to the public plus Indian burial grounds.

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  • Manistique Central Park

    18. Manistique Central Park

    (Manistique, MI) From an old limestone quarry has emerged a nice swimming lake surrounded by a city park with beach, picnic area, playground, tennis courts & more.

  • Manistique Marina

    19. Manistique Marina

    Built in Spring of 2014, with a Harbor Masters building, local information, air conditioned lounge area, WIFI, laundry facilities, bathrooms & showers, diesel fuel and security cameras for our transient boaters. This is the beginning of the Boardwalk where there are fishing piers available and access to the East Breakwater Light. Mackinaw Trail Winery next door. Transportation available until 3am daily to and from Manistique Marina.

  • Carl D Bradley Memorial Park

    20. Carl D. Bradley Lakeview Memorial Park

    Located on US HWY 2 in Manistique, Michigan, the park was renamed in July of 2014 after the famous Shipwreck of the Carl D. Bradley. The wreck site is located 160 degrees S E and 23 miles off shore from this point.

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  • Bicycle Event
    The 50th Anniversary Haywire Bicycle Celebration Event

    Route description: Little Bear Arena Festivities and start-of-ride/ to Intake Park Trailhead (2 Mi.)/ to Jack Pine Lodge (17.0 Mi.)/ continue to Shingleton- optional (17 Mi.).

    This ride is a “challenge” ride and not for the faint of heart. Although the terrain is mostly flat, the surface varies greatly including gravel, loose soil and sand, with seasonal wet spots that vary from season to season. (ATBs, mountain bikes, fat tire bikes and e-bikes with mountain bike tires are recommended). Off-road riding experience is recommended. Helmets are required. Prepare to cover up and carry bug spray as the trail traverses forested and marshy areas. Event services will be provided along the route from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Trailheads and parking are available at Intake Park Trailhead and JackPine Trailhead. Shuttle Services can be provided (optional) for a nominal fee for one-way riders. There are many other optional riding opportunities in the area to complement this Ride Event.

  • Equine Event


    The 50th Anniversary Haywire Equine Celebration Event

    Route description: 7.5 mile loop beginning and ending at JackPine.

    The Horseback Ride will be a 7.5 miles beginning and ending at Jack Pine Lodge. The second mile is along the Haywire Trail and is rocky so horse shoes or boots are recommended. The trail can also be traversed slowly by most horses. The trail travels onto two-track forest roads along East Lake. The lake can be entered optionally by riders through two camping areas with lake access where the horses can water. Riders should carry bug spray for the horses and for themselves. There may be water on the trail so horses should be comfortable travelling through water. The ride will start at 10:00 am and support services will be provided until 2:00 pm.

  • ORV Event
    The 50th Anniversary Haywire ORV Celebration Event

    Route description: Little Bear Arena Festivities and start-of-ride/ to Intake Park Trailhead (2 Mi.)/ to Jack Pine Lodge (17.0 Mi.)/ continue to Shingleton- optional (17 Mi.).

    This ride is a “casual” ORV ride and is family oriented. The trail terrain is mostly flat and groomed/grated by the local trail Grant Sponsor, Schoolcraft County Motorized Trails Association. Trail permits and helmets are required. Law enforcement support will be available at the M-94 crossings from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Trailheads and parking are available at Intake Park Trailhead and JackPine Trailhead. There are also many other optional riding opportunities in the area to complement this Ride Event.


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