3 Harbors of Manistee County: Arcadia Lake

by: Maralee Cook

Continuing north along the shore, piers mark the entry to Arcadia Lake. A protected anchorage area, in the “bay” located off the northwest corner of the lake, is near the Veteran’s Memorial Marina, (231.889.9653) with transient and seasonal dockage, showers and rest room facilities. The community of Arcadia, with a mix of year-round homes, guest houses and cottages along with the historical museum, parks and recreation areas and the beautiful sand beaches is a popular lay-over destination for boaters, vacationers and tourists. Don’t miss the area’s signature event, Arcadia Daze in summer. It’s a great time for everyone.

Considered one of Michigan’s best-kept secrets, the area is quiet and mellow, and because there are no artificial lights to the west, provides a ‘dark sky’ at night to the delight of stargazers, says Marina Harbormaster Mark Held, who often spots Bald Eagles flying over the marina. Grebe Park is perfect for picnicking, or walk to the Big Apple Restaurant and Bar nearby. The Explore the Shores site makes for easy access for kayakers to the lakes and Bowen’s Creek, which travels through Arcadia Marsh Preserve, a Great Lakes Coastal Marsh protected by the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, on the eastern shore of Arcadia Lake.



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