Three Rivers

by Maralee Cook Is it the opportunity to catch ‘the big one’, or the wild beauty of the area that keeps anglers returning to Manistee County’s rivers to fish? According to a few of the county’s river fishing guides, it turns out to be a combination of the two. Blessed with three major rivers – […]

Red, White & Blue Water

by: Maralee Cook The piers at the mouth of the Manistee River are most often used for watching spectacular sunsets over Lake Michigan.  But on one weekend in May in Manistee, at dawn and again at noon, there are spectacular sights of a different variety to be witnessed. In the pre-dawn quiet, more than 60 […]

Fun and Excitement on the Northern Michigan Dragway

by: Maralee Cook Drag racing, off-roading, shooting and archery ranges, bicycle cruises, mountain and fat biking, hunting, snowmobiling, skiing and snowboarding: The opportunities for testing the abilities and endurance of humans and machines year-round are endless in Manistee County’s North Woods. While the county’s Lake Michigan shoreline and its three main rivers get most of […]

Riding the Big Butt Bear Cruise

By: Maralee Cook Multi-kilometer bicycle cruises, northern Lower Michigan scenery, campfires and camaraderie. It seemed like a success story just waiting to be written for Manistee County native Bob Schuelke. He turned a love of cycling and the community he grew up in into a celebration of fitness, endurance and the beauty of the area […]

The Twisted Trails of Manistee County

By: Maralee Cook If spending weekends on ATVs climbing vertical rock walls, barreling through boulder gardens and mud bogs, joining in beat downs, truck pulls, dog parties and winter snow wheeling is your kind of fun, Twisted Trails Off Road Park is the place for you. “We get it goin’!” Dale Humphrey said with a […]