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 […]

Lake Bluff Bird Sanctuary

This jewel on Lake Michigan’s shore boasts over 1500 feet of Lake Michigan Frontage on its 76 acres in Manistee County. Originally landscaped as an arboretum, many notable specimens have been preserved such as California Redwood, Ginko, and two Michigan Champion Trees, a Giant Sequoia and Sycamore. Also notable are bird species both nesting and […]

Adventure Manistee

Looking for a way to explore Manistee County and meet new and fun people? Well look on further than Adventure Manistee. “Pretty much anything that looks like fun” is one of the goals of the multi-generational group Adventure Manistee. Focusing on fitness, fun and exploring in a social setting, Adventure Manistee members get together for […]

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 […]

Trolley tour is a visit to the past

Imagine stepping back to a time when you would hear the sound of horses’ hooves clip-clopping down the cobblestone streets of Manistee as you board a street car at the station in your neighborhood to go downtown for the evening. This was a regular occurrence experienced by many residents and visitors to Manistee, day in […]