Outdoor Adventure in Manistee’s North Woods

By: Maralee Cook If you’re an adventurous explorer, you’ve come to the right place. Our North Woods are in the heart of four-season natural beauty with thrill-a-minute activities. A passionate group of entrepreneurs have developed their own visions to share, creating opportunities for others to experience the excitement and satisfaction of meeting new challenges. Here’s […]

Northern Natural Cider

By Maralee Cook As is true of so many businesses in Manistee County, the Northern Natural Cider House and Winery in Kaleva is a family operation. When I visited, the Dad, Dennis Mackey, is still living in his great grandfather’s home built in 1905, with wife Diane, and has been an apple grower all of […]

Mortimer E. Cooley Bridge

Mortimer E. Cooley Bridge I can’t count how many times I’ve traveled across M-55 to get to Manistee County from the east side of the state.  What I recently learned is that right before the village of Wellston, you will cross one of Michigan’s rarest truss bridges. The Cooley Bridge is an impressive structure, and […]

Scenic Tours: Lake Michigan from the Air

Is it your first time visiting Manistee County, or have you been vacationing here for years?  Either way, you have probably not experienced the beauty of Lake Michigan from the air.  Thanks to our local airport and the scenic airplane tours that are offered by Orchard Beach Aviation, visitors can experience the rolling sand dunes […]

Arcadia Overlook

As you are driving north through Manistee County on the beautiful Scenic Highway M-22, you will find yourself “on top of the county” when you reach the Arcadia Overlook (known by some as “Inspiration Point”).  When you travel through the quaint town of Arcadia, you will find yourself at zero elevation, right on the water.  […]

Hooked on Salmon

by Fred MacDonald Salmon fever erupted in Lake Michigan in the late 1960’s. Actually, erupted is an understatement: How about EXPLODED! For many years prior, Lake Michigan fishing was mostly fishing… not so much catching. The lamprey had devastated the lake trout. There were no salmon and the alewife had totally taken over. As the […]