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Imagine What You Can Discover: Schoolcraft County & Manistique

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Arial view of Manistique's Harbor and downtown
Cruise in by boat to the Manistique Harbor

Planning a vacation with a perfect blend of relaxation, adventure, and small-town charm? Look no further than Schoolcraft County and Manistique, Michigan! Nestled in the heart of the Upper Peninsula (UP), this hidden gem boasts stunning natural beauty, captivating history, and a warm, welcoming community.

Sandy white beach at Manistique Michigan
Take a stroll on Manistique's Sandy White Beaches

Unwind on Pristine Beaches:

Lake Michigan's shoreline transforms Schoolcraft County into a beach lover's paradise. Manistique offers sandy stretches perfect for sunbathing, building sandcastles, or simply soaking in the breathtaking views. Feeling adventurous? Try your hand at water sports like kayaking, paddleboarding, or canoeing.

Manistique's downtown shops and restaurants
Shop and Dine at one of our many unique boutiques and restaurants

Charming Downtown Delight:

Manistique's historic downtown district is a treasure trove for shopaholics and history buffs alike. Browse unique boutiques for handcrafted souvenirs, savor delicious local cuisine at cozy cafes, or delve into the rich past at the Schoolcraft County Historical Society Museum.

Explore Kitch-iti-kipi "Big Springs"
Explore Kitch-iti-kipi "Big Springs"

Embrace the Outdoors:

Schoolcraft County is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Hike or bike along scenic trails that weave through lush forests, teeming with wildlife. Cast your line for trout, salmon, or walleye in the sparkling lakes and rivers. Explore the otherworldly beauty of Kitch-iti-kipi, the world's largest freshwater spring, or kayak through the serene Seney National Wildlife Refuge.

Manistique Lighthouse Break wall
Take an adventurous walk on the Manistique Break Wall

Boaters Paradise:

For those arriving by boat, Manistique Harbor welcomes you with open arms. Both the Manistique Municipal Marina and Northern Escape Marina offer convenient docking facilities, with transient and seasonal slips available. Whether you're cruising for the day or making Manistique your home base for exploring the UP, the marina provides all the amenities you need, including electricity, water hookups, restrooms, showers, and even a pump-out station. So, after a fun-filled day on the water, unwind on the pristine beaches, just steps away from your docked vessel.

Manistique Historical Water tower
Take a step back in time at Manistique's Historical Water Tower

Unforgettable Sights and Activities Await!

Schoolcraft County offers more than just breathtaking scenery. Here's a taste of the unique experiences that await:

  • Dive into Nature's Wonders: Kitch-iti-kipi, the world's largest freshwater spring, offers an otherworldly experience. Kayak through the serene Seney National Wildlife Refuge.

  • Uncover the Past: Immerse yourself in the fascinating industry history at Fayette Historic State Park. This park boasts over 20 restored buildings from a once-bustling iron smelting community, all nestled around the picturesque Snail Shell Harbor.

  • Cast a Line: Whether you're a seasoned angler or just starting out, Schoolcraft County's lakes and rivers teem with fish like trout, salmon, and walleye.

  • Family Fun: Take a trip to the Thompson State Fish Hatchery, established in 1922. Learn about the fascinating world of fish and witness trout swimming in the 42 indoor tanks and 12 outdoor raceways.

  • Lighthouse Lovers: For lighthouse enthusiasts, both the Manistique East Breakwater Light and Seul Choix Pointe Lighthouse offer stunning historical landmarks to explore.

This is just a glimpse of what Schoolcraft County has to offer. With its rich history, stunning natural beauty, and exciting activities, there's something for everyone.

Central Location for UP Adventures:

Ditch the detours and unlock the wonders of the Upper Peninsula with ease! Schoolcraft County and Manistique sit conveniently along U.S. Route 2, making them your perfect home base for exploring all the UP has to offer. Hike the majestic trails of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, kayak the crystal-clear waters of Grand Island National Recreation Area, explore the Tahquamenon Falls State Park, or delve into the mysteries of shipwreck museums – all within easy reach.

Experience the Warmth of the UP:

Schoolcraft County and Manistique promise an unforgettable vacation. Its stunning natural beauty, vibrant downtown, and endless outdoor activities make it the perfect escape for families, couples, or solo travelers seeking a taste of the UP's magic. So, pack your bags, and imagine what you can discover here in Schoolcraft County and Manistique!

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