Schoolcraft County

Manistique Light
Photo credit: Thumb Aerial Photography

Everyone needs to take more time to play and Schoolcraft County makes it so easy to enjoy family and friends. Located along the sandy shores of Lake Michigan, the county stretches north past Indian Lake (the second-largest inland lake in the U.P.), almost to Lake Superior. From misty sunrise to constellation-glimmering night, this is a natural playground for the wave wader to the most avid outdoors enthusiast.


Lighthouse Adventures

You don’t have to go far from the charming shops of historic downtown Manistique to find the wild side of Schoolcraft County. A nearly 2-mile boardwalk takes you along Lake Michigan with its abundance of shore birds. Your walk will end at the picturesque red Manistique East Breakwater Light and fishing pier where you can cast your line for steelhead and salmon in the spring and fall or watch some of the most stunning sunsets all year. The lighthouse signals the point where the Manistique River flows into Lake Michigan. Enjoy a walk along the beach and have your camera ready. On blustery days, waves leap over the rocks surrounding the lighthouse to create dramatic sprays. You may even catch a porcupine sunning itself on the rocks! Don’t miss the nearby lighthouse keepers dwelling on the corner of Range Street and Washington. The 1916 white stucco building with the red roof is currently a private home and preserved to capture the feel of days gone by.

Seul Choix Light
Photo credit: Adrian Chisholm

Visitors seek out the Seul Choix Lighthouse for a number of reasons and its name reflects that. Spooky footsteps, moved silverware and cigar smoke. Strange happenings have been reported by some who believe that the long departed lighthouse keeper continues his work in the complex to this day. The “only choice” lighthouse is a destination for maritime and nature explorers as well. Follow a short trail to the shore and the name will take on a more literal meaning. A massive limestone shoal juts out nearly one hundred yards from shore, covered with glassy shallow water. Sloping down for nearly three miles offshore this is one of the most challenging locations for ships. Spend some time traversing the point and you will learn why sailors considered this spot the “only choice” when it came to safely taking refuge near the Straits of Mackinac, where the lighthouse stands guard. Be sure to spend time at the museum which houses a rare dugout canoe. Enjoy the large picnic areas, complete with barbeque pits.

 

Step Into Nature’s Canvas

Seney National Wildlife Refuge
Photo credit: Melissa Foster

Like all of the U.P., Schoolcraft County has bragging rights to untamed shorelines, verdant forests and inland waterways. But only here can you hike, paddle or drive through the amazing Seney National Wildlife Refuge. Head north from Lake Michigan and explore thousands of acres teeming with wildlife. It’s enthralling to watch otters slide down riverbanks, osprey soar across azure skies, or to spy elusive wolves, minks or beavers.with its wildflowers, loons, black bear, eagles, moose and more. With a staggering 95,455 acres of marsh, field and forest, you can lose yourself in natural surroundings and leave the world behind. Cross-country ski, snowshoe or snowmobile on trail systems from Indian Lake State Park to the Hiawatha National Forest. And while every season uses a palette of colors, fall drenches the landscape in the most brilliant golds and reds imaginable.
 

Bubbles and Bridges Believe It or Not

Kitch-iti-Kipi
Photo credit: Rama & Neena

One of the Upper Peninsula’s major attractions, Kitch-iti-kipi or “The Big Spring” bubbles up 16,000 gallons of water per minute. A paved path meanders through pines and cedar trees to the shoreline where you see the beautiful emerald green pool. It is told that a young chieftain met his demise trying to prove his love to a maiden.The site has inspired many a legend and once you visit you will surely understand its power to ripen the imagination. A glass bottom observation raft allows you to gaze 45 feet down through the crystal clear waters of this “Mirror to Heaven.” In summer, relax with a picnic in the shaded area near the Palms Book Trading Post. Kitch-iti-kipi maintains a year round water temperature of 45 degrees, so winter visitors can ski, snowshoe or snowmobile into Palms Book State Park during winter to experience silent and glittering seasonal scenery surrounding the bubbling spring.

Ripley’s “Believe It or Not” once featured the county’s amazing “Siphon Bridge,” an engineering marvel, which once crossed the Manistique River below water level. Or visit the Bishop Baraga Shrine and First Church historical marker to learn about the “Snowshoe Priest.” Read a marker that tells about the ill-fated “Christmas Tree Ship” whose last port-of-call was Manistique. Or join the fun at the county’s delightful music, classic car and food festivals.

Learn more: www.visitmanistique.com or 800/342-4282.

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Apple Barrel

718 Deer St
Manistique, MI 49854

Manistique, MI 49854

Region: Central

13 mi N of Manistique A carry-down launching area. Site does not have an improved ramp and is suitable for car-top boa
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Manistique, MI 49854

Phone: (906) 341-5010
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Steuben, MI 49854

Phone: (906) 786-4062
Region: Central

1 mi S of Steuben A gravel-surfaced ramp, suitable for medium-sized and smaller boats only. The site is signed. 2 park
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Beaver Chew Furniture/Landscape in Thread

478 S Stoney Point Dr
Manistique, MI 49854

Big Cedar Campground & Canoe Livery

7936 State Highway M77
Germfask, MI 49836

Phone: (906) 586-6684
E-Mail Address: bigcedar_up@yahoo.com
Region: Central
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Blaney Park Antiques Mall

4370 N State Highway M77
Germfask, MI 49836

Blue-Mystique On the Water State of Mind

375 Traders Point Dr
Manistique, MI 49854

Phone: (906) 286-4535
E-Mail Address: bluemystiquerentals@gmail.com
Region: Central
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Shingleton, MI 49884

Phone: (906) 786-4062
Region: Central

4 mi S of Shingleton A gravel-surfaced ramp, suitable for medium-sized and smaller boats only. The site is signed. Toi
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Bootlake Bar & Grill

8891 N Boot Lake Rd
Manistique, MI 49854

Buckshot's Bar

204 S Cedar St
Manistique, MI 49854

6031W US Highway 2
Manistique, MI 49854

Phone: (906) 341-2552
E-Mail Address: motorinn@chartermi.net
Region: Central
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Camp 7 Lake - Hiawatha National Forest/Van Winkle Lake Trail

Route 442
Manistique, MI 49854

Phone: (906) 786-4062
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From the Intersection of US-2 and Forest Highway 13 (about 14 miles east of Rapid River), drive north 8.4 miles on Highw
Cedar Street Café & Coffee House

220 S Cedar St
Manistique, MI 49854

Christopher's Antiques

211 Oak St
Manistique, MI 49854

Christy's Bar

312 Deer St
Manistique, MI 49854

Seney, MI 49883

Phone: (906) 293-5900
Region: Central

8 mi N of Seney A carry-down launching area. Site does not have an improved ramp and is suitable for car-top boats and
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Steuben, MI 49854

Phone: (906) 786-4062
Region: Central

4 mi N of Steuben A gravel-surfaced ramp, suitable for medium-sized and smaller boats only. The site is signed. 2 park
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Clyde's Drive In - Manistique

201 Chippewa Ave
Manistique, MI 49854

1119 E Lakeshore Dr
Manistique, MI 49854

Phone: (906) 341-6656
E-Mail Address: info@ColonialMotelManistique.com
Region: Central
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Colwell Lake - Hiawatha National Forest/Trail

Clear Lake Rd
Manistique, MI 49854

Phone: (906) 786-4062
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From Manistique drive north 25 miles on M-94 to FR 2246. Turn right (east) and drive 0.5 miles to the campground road.

617 E Lakeshore Dr
Manistique, MI 49854

Cusino Lake State Forest Campground

County Road 450
Melstrand, MI 49884

Phone: (906) 452-6227
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Sites available on a first-come, first-serve basis. No reservations. 6 sites for tent and small trailer use. Rustic camp
Dodge Lake

Manistique, MI 49854

11 mi N of Manistique A hard-surface ramp with sufficient water depth and lake or impoundment size to accommodate all t
Doyle Township Park

Gulliver, MI 49840

Phone: (906) 283-9385

1 mi W of Gulliver A hard-surface ramp with sufficient water depth and lake or impoundment size to accommodate all tra

1520W US Highway 2
Gulliver, MI 49840

Phone: (906) 283-3122
Region: Central
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Seney, MI 49883

Phone: (906) 293-5900
Region: Central

9 mi N of Seney A gravel-surfaced ramp, suitable for medium-sized and smaller boats only. The site is signed. Toilets
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East Branch Fox River State Forest Campground

State Highway M77
Seney, MI 49883

Phone: (906) 452-6227
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Sites available on a first-come, first-serve basis. No reservations. 19 sites for tent and small trailer use. Rustic cam

Steuben, MI 49854

Phone: (906) 786-4062
Region: Central

2 mi SE of Steuben A gravel-surfaced ramp, suitable for medium-sized and smaller boats only. The site is signed.
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1101 E Lakeshore Dr
Manistique, MI 49854

Phone: (906) 341-6014
E-Mail Address: info@econolodgelakeshore.com
Region: Central
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Emerald City Expresso

210 Deer St
Manistique, MI 49854

Flower Cottage

176 River St
Manistique, MI 49854

Floyd's Family Restaurant

238 South Cedar St
Manistique, MI 49854

State Highway M28/M77 N
Seney, MI 49883

Phone: (906) 499-3332
E-Mail Address: foxmotel@jamadots.com
Region: Central
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Old fashion hospitality all year round. A gateway to the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, minutes north of the Seney N
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Fox River State Forest Campground/Pathway

County Road 450
Seney, MI 49883

Phone: (906) 452-6227
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Sites available on a first-come, first-serve basis. No reservations. 7 sites for tent and small trailer use. Rustic camp
Gramma Emma's Bakery & Deli

106 S Cedar St
Manistique, MI 49854

6770 W US Highway 2
Manistique, MI 49854

Phone: (906) 341-2410
E-Mail Address: graywolflodge@4-upnorth.com
Region: Central
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311 S Cedar St
Manistique, MI 49854

Phone: (906) 341-5191
Region: Central
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Haywire Family Restaurant

8912 N Boot Lake Rd
Mackinac Island, MI 49854

Intake Park
Manistique, MI 49854

Phone: (906) 341-5010
Region: Central
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Heirlooms Past & Present

5590W US Highway 2
Manistique, MI 49854

5939W US Highway 2
Manistique, MI 49854

Phone: (906) 341-2710
E-Mail Address: info@holidaymotelup.com
Region: Central
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Indian Lake Golf

1305N Birch St
Manistique, MI 49854

Indian Lake Pathway

Thompson, MI 49854

Phone: (906) 452-6227
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9 miles NW of Thompson via M149 8.5 miles - Hike, Ski, Bike

89790 W County Road 442
Manistique, MI 49854

Phone: (906) 341-2355
Region: Central
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Located on Indian Lake, the fourth largest inland lake in the Upper Peninsula with an area of 8,400 acres. It is six mil
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Indian River - Hiawatha National Forest

State Highway M94
Manistique, MI 49854

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From the intersection of M-28 and M-94 east of Munising drive south 14.2 miles on M-94 to the campground. From Manistiqu

Steuben, MI 49854

Phone: (906) 786-4062
Region: Central

5 mi W of Steuben A gravel-surfaced ramp, suitable for medium-sized and smaller boats only. The site is signed. 2 park
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Kennedy Lake

Germfask, MI 49836

Phone: (906) 293-5900

3 mi SE of Germfask A carry-down launching area. Site does not have an improved ramp and is suitable for car-top boats
Kewadin Casino - Manistique

5630W US Highway 2
Manistique, MI 49854

Phone: (906) 341-2951
(800) 539-2346
E-Mail Address: publicrelations@kewadin.com
Region: Central
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Kewadin Casinos in Manistique is open 365 days a year. Here you will find Vegas style gaming which includes slots,

Palms Book State Park
Manistique, MI 49854

Phone: (906) 341-2355
Region: Eastern
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Named the "Mirror of Heaven" by the early Indians. One of the Upper Peninsula's major attractions, Kitc
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Lake Michigan Water Trail - Schoolcraft County

Lakeview Lanes

1005 E Lakeshore Dr
Manistique, MI 49854

Lakeview Park

Manistique, MI 49854

Little Bass Lake - Hiawatha Forest

Manistique, MI 49854

Phone: (906) 786-9829
Website

From Manistique drive north 22 miles on M-94 to County Road 437. turn left (west) on CR 437 and drive 1.8 miles to FR 22
Lofy's Harbor Bar

242 S Cedar St
Manistique, MI 49854

Mackinaw Trail Winery

103 W Lakeshore Dr
Manistique, MI 49854

Main Street Pizza - Manistique

203 S Cedar St
Manistique, MI 49854

Manistique Art Club

233 Walnut Ave
Manistique, MI 49854

Manistique East Breakwater Light Station

Manistique, MI 49854

Region: Eastern

Manistique Lakeshore Campground

320 Traders Point Dr
Manistique, MI 49854

Phone: (906) 341-2290
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Provides the ideal setting for today's camping experience. Whether you want full amenities with convenient pull-thro
Manistique Municipal Ramp

Manistique, MI 49854

Phone: (906) 341-6841

A hard-surface ramp with sufficient water depth and lake or impoundment size to accommodate all trailerable watercraft (
Manistique Pines County Recreation Park

Manistique, MI 49854

Manistique River

Manistique, MI 49854

Phone: (906) 341-2290

1 mi N of Manistique A hard-surfaced ramp, in areas of limited water depth or limited size of water body, where launchi
Manistique Tourist Council

1000 Lakeshore Dr
Manistique, MI 49854

Manistique Township Park

Manistique, MI 49854

Mariners Cove

5885 W US Highway 2
Manistique, MI 49854

Marley's Bar & Grill

127 Walnut St
Manistique, MI 49854

McDonald Lake - Gulliver

Gulliver, MI 49840

Phone: (906) 341-2355

2 mi S of Gulliver A hard-surface ramp with sufficient water depth and lake or impoundment size to accommodate all trai
Mead Creek State Forest Campground

County Road 436
Germfask, MI 49836

Phone: (906) 452-6227
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5 mi NW of Blaney Park Sites available on a first-come, first-serve basis. No reservations. 10 sites for tent and small
Mercado Imports

217 S Cedar St
Manistique, MI 49854

Merwin Creek State Forest Campground

County Road 433
Gulliver, MI 49840

Phone: (906) 452-6227

6 mi NW of Gulliver A gravel-surfaced ramp, suitable for medium-sized and smaller boats only. The site is signed. Toi

Steuben, MI 49854

Phone: (906) 786-4062
Region: Central

3 mi SW of Steuben A gravel-surfaced ramp, suitable for medium-sized and smaller boats only. The site is signed. 2 par
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Mitchy's Movies - Manistique

315 Deer St
Manistique, MI 49854

Muller Township Park

Gulliver, MI 49840

Steuben, MI 49854

Phone: (906) 786-4062
Region: Central

4 mi W of Steuben A gravel-surfaced ramp, suitable for medium-sized and smaller boats only. The site is signed. 2 park
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801 E Lakeshore Dr
Manistique, MI 49854

Phone: (906) 341-4151
E-Mail Address: info@up-northshoremotel.com
Region: Central
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Formerly known as the Northshore Motor Inn, the 12-unit motel is conveniently located across from the Manistique Boardwa
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State Highway 149
Manistique, MI 49854

Phone: (906) 341-2355
Region: Central
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Located at the northern terminus of state highway M-149, a 15-minute drive north of US-2 at Thompson. Palms Book is a
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Petes Lake - Hiawatha National Forest

Forest Route 2173
Steuben, MI 49854

Phone: (906) 786-4062
Website

From the intersection of M-28 and Forest Highway 13 just east of Munising drive south 10.4 miles to FR 2173. Turn left (
Pine Martin Run

Manistique, MI 49854

Pioneer Park

Manistique, MI 49854

905 E Lakeshore Dr
Manistique, MI 49854

Phone: (906) 341-3777
E-Mail Address: info@thestarmotel.com
Region: Central
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Roy's Place

319 Deer St
Manistique, MI 49854

Schoolcraft County Airport

5910 W US Highway 2
Manistique, MI 49854

Phone: (906) 341-5522

General Aviation Airport/Public No Commercial Service
Schoolcraft County Fairgrounds

N Lake St
Manistique, MI 49854

1000 W Lakeshore Dr
Manistique, MI 49854

Phone: (906) 341-5010
E-Mail Address: discovermanistique@gmail.com
Region: Central
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Schoolcraft Tourism & Commerce is a hybrid organization, and a 501(c)3 nonprofit, that sustains and e
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Seney National Wildlife Refuge

1674 Refuge Entrance Rd
Seney, MI 49836

Phone: (906) 586-9851
E-Mail Address: seney@fws.gov
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Seney National Wildlife Refuge is a great place to watch wildlife, get out into nature and go exploring. Winter, spring,
Seul Choix Pointe Boating Access Site

Gulliver, MI 49840

Phone: (906) 293-5900

7 mi SE of Gulliver A hard-surface ramp with sufficient water depth and lake or impoundment size to accommodate all tra
Seul Choix Pointe Lighthouse and Museum

905S Seul Choix Pointe Rd
Gulliver, MI 49840

Phone: (906) 283-3183
Region: Central
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Michigan and National Historic site. This conical brick light tower was originally built in 1895 and stands 78' 9&qu
Sidetracks Bar & Restaurant

1080 S County Road 442
Cooks, MI 49817

Manistique, MI 49854

Phone: (906) 341-5010
Region: Central

Featured in "Ripley's Believe It or Not." Located on old US-2, this roadway is approximately 4' below the wate
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1000 W Lakeshore Dr
Manistique, MI 49854

Phone: (906) 341-5010
Region: Central
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Snowmobile Trail Map For lodging, restaurants or other listings in Schoolcraft County, visit the Schoolcraft County P
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Seney, MI 49883

Phone: (906) 293-5900
Region: Central

10 mi N of Seney A hard-surface ramp with sufficient water depth and lake or impoundment size to accommodate all trail
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Stanley Lake State Forest Campground

Germfask, MI 49836

Phone: (906) 452-6227

13 mi E of Melstrand A carry-down launching area. Site does not have an improved ramp and is suitable for car-top

1142 E Lakeshore Dr
Manistique, MI 49854

Phone: (906) 341-5363
E-Mail Address: info@thestarmotel.com
Region: Central
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Highway US-2, about 1-1/4 miles east of Manistique. On Lake Michigan. Large rooms have air-conditioners, free wireless h
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Steuben, MI 49854

Phone: (906) 786-4062
Region: Central

1 mi NE of Steuben A gravel-surfaced ramp, suitable for medium-sized and smaller boats only. The site is signed. Toile
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Stony Point Golf Course

8102 W US Highway 2
Manistique, MI 49854

Phone: (906) 341-3419
Region: Central
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Sugar Shack

760 US Highway 2
Germfask, MI 49836

Suzy's Shadow Box

219 S Cedar St
Manistique, MI 49854

Teddy's Pub

100 S Second St
Manistique, MI 49854

Ten Curves - Manistique River

Germfask, MI 49836

Phone: (906) 293-5900

3 mi E of Germfask A carry-down launching area. Site does not have an improved ramp and is suitable for car-top boats a
The Great Waters

Manistique, MI 49854

237 S Cedar St
Manistique, MI 49854 US

Phone: (906) 341-5826
Region: Central
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The Upper Crust Café & Deli

375 Traders Point Dr
Manistique, MI 49854

Thompson, MI 49854

Phone: (906) 341-2355
Region: Central

A carry-down launching area. Site does not have an improved ramp and is suitable for car-top boats and canoes only. It h
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Thompson Fish Hatchery

944 S State Highway M149
Manistique, MI 49854

Region: Central

Learn how watersheds work, how a hatchery operates as well as art work and a hands-on computer center which challenges p
Three Mile Supper Club

8555W Co Rd 442
Manistique, MI 49854

Three Seasons Café

6770 US Highway 2
Manistique, MI 49854

Top O'Lake Sport Shop

206 S Cedar
Manistique, MI 49854

Tovey's Jolly Inn

8019 State Highway M77
Germfask, MI 49836

Trader's Point Furniture Restoration & Antique Mall

375 East Harbor View Dr
Manistique, MI 49854

Treasure City Inc

5711 US Highway 2
Manistique, MI 49854

Steuben, MI 49854

Phone: (906) 786-4062
Region: Central

2 mi SW of Steuben A gravel-surfaced ramp, suitable for medium-sized and smaller boats only. The site is signed. Toile
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U P Pro Charters

753 E Gulliver Lake Rd
Gulliver, MI 49840

Phone: (906) 283-3352
E-Mail Address: uppro@yahoo.com
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Van Winkle Nature Trail

Steuben, MI 49884

Phone: (906) 341-5010
Region: Central

Video Zone

232 S Cedar St
Manistique, MI 49854

Seney, MI 49883

Phone: (906) 293-5900
Region: Central

10 mi NW of Seney A carry-down launching area. Site does not have an improved ramp and is suitable for car-top boats an
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West Branch Manistique River Boating Access Site

Manistique, MI 49854

Phone: (906) 452-6227

15 mi N of Manistique A carry-down launching area. Site does not have an improved ramp and is suitable for car-top bo

204 S Cedar St
Manistique, MI 49854

Phone: (906) 341-6776
Region: Central
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6917 Burns Rd
Germfask, MI 49836 US

Phone: (906) 450-1541
E-Mail Address: 48rbarker@gmail.com
Region: Central
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111 River St
Manistique, MI 49854 US

Phone: (906) 286-1137
Region: Central
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17049 42.5 Road
Wetmore, MI 49895 US

Phone: (563) 340-6777
E-Mail Address: deltaresort1963@gmail.com
Region: Eastern
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Manistique, MI 49854 US

Region: Central
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