EXPLORE THE AREA
Looking to explore the Northwest Michigan area?
Camp Tosebo is located just off the nationally regarded Scenic M-22. Start your adventure heading north to the Benzie/Frankfort, Leelanau peninsula and Traverse City areas. Or head south to the Victorian Port City of Manistee, located right on the Manistee River.
No matter where your destination; wine tasting, antique shops, local art galleries, world-class golf, quaint villages, exquisite cuisine, loose slots, color tours, crystal lakes, magnificent dunes, and clear rivers await!
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Rockin' R Ranch in Bear Lake offers horse back riding, breakfast rides, dinner rides, all day rides, Dude Ranch - Old Western Theme Park/Town - and miles of private majestic hardwoods for riding. Family friendly and open year around.
Visit the historic Ramsdell Theatre in Manistee for family-friendly live performances, tours and events all year round.
Other theaters in the area include West Shore Community College Performing Arts Series, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Old Town Playhouse, Interlochen and Leland Performing Arts Center.
Northern Falls Mini Golf north of Manistee features an 18 hole mini golf course and Moomer's ice cream.
Manistee's newly renovated Vogue Theatre in downtown Manistee boasts new first-run films and old classics alike. Opened year round.
Feeling nostalgic? The Cherry Bowl Drive-In in Honor is an old-fashioned drive-in with modern technology. Opened seasonally.
The Garden Theatre in downtown Frankfort gives you the classic movie theater experience with the comfort of a small neighborhood feel. Open year-round, and celebrating the inaugural Frankfort48 Film Festival in 2017.
Traverse City is home to many theaters, and the now famous Traverse City Film Festival, spearheaded by filmmaker Michael Moore.
With eight museums in Manistee County and plenty of historical sites, there is sure to be one that peaks your interest. Start your tour and visit museums including The Kaleva Bottle House, the Manistee County Historical Museums and the Marilla Museum & Pioneer House.
The beautiful scenic drive of M22 is something to behold! Voted America's Number One Best Scenic Autumn Drive for 2015 by 10Best and USA TODAY! Beginning just south of Onekama and winding up the coast of Lake Michigan, reaching the top of the Leelanau Peninsula and ending in Traverse City - it's like no other road in America. View Northwest Michigan the way its meant to
be seen, and with plenty of stops and sightseeing along the way, everyone will enjoy this drive. Get your camera ready!
Whether driving to the Arcadia Look Out or Elberta Bluffs or flying over the Lake Michigan shoreline with Orchard Beach Aviation, the area has many sights to see! Visit one of the nearby lighthouses - the Manistee North Pierhead Lighthouse or the Point Betsie Lighthouse - or both. After all, no two lighthouses are the same!
The craft beer and micro brewery movement in Michigan is alive and well, and breweries in the Northwest Michigan area are making their mark. Here are breweries listed by location:
Manistee: North Channel Brewing Company
Frankfort: Stormcloud Brewing Company
Traverse City: www.traversecity.com/wineries/microbreweries
Dining in the Area
From breakfast to fine dining, the Onekama and Manistee County have a variety of tasty, local restaurants. Looking to venture further? Here are some great dining options by location:
Manistee County: Complete list
Benzie County: Complete List
FISHING & WATER
Live Music, Concerts
West Shore Community College Performing Arts Series - Seasonal, Fall - Spring
Garden Theatre in Frankfort - inaugural Frankfort48 Film Festival in 2017.
Manistee National Forest Festival - 4th of July week in Manistee
National Cherry Festival - 4th of July week in Traverse City
Manistee County Fair - during August, Manistee County Fairgrounds in Onekama
Free Entertainment & Music
Concerts in the Park - Monday evenings in the summer in Onekama. Brought to you by the Portage Lake Association.
Roots on the River - Thursdays in the summer. Brought to you by the Manistee Jaycees.
Manistee Shoreline Showcase - Tuesday Night Jazz in the summer. Brought to you by the Manistee Shoreline Showcase
Manistee County is home to world-class fishing, whether in the rivers, on the docks, on Portage Lake or out on the big lake. For fishing information and reports for the area, click here.
Life on the Water
Camp Tosebo is located a short stroll away from Portage Lake. Bring your boat or jet skis and enjoy hours on Portage Lake and Lake Michigan. Whether speeding or sailing, you'll enjoy hours of lake life living! Into kayaking and paddlesports? Bring your equipment or rent from Manistee Paddlesport Adventures, Onekama Marine, Crystal Lake Adventure Sports, Insta-Launch or MacDonald Marine.
Not into boating? Portage Lake and Lake Michigan are also perfect for swimming, sunning, surfing and windsurfing.
Manistee County is also home to many rivers. Visit visitmanisteecounty.com for more information on river trips.
Nature at it's Finest
Manistee County is home to the Manistee National Forest and many hiking and biking trails. Both Tippy Dam and Hodenpyl Dam are just a short drive away. The Lake Bluff Bird Sanctuary is located just south on Lakeshore Drive, and tucked away in the National Forest is the Little Manistee River Wier. Catch the salmon runs in spring and fall for a unique experience.
It's the perfect area for wildlife viewing, hunting, fishing and exploring!
Out on the Town
Looking to get out on the town? The area is home to many bars, open until late.
The Little River Casino Resort is located on the corner of M22 and US 31 in Manistee, and is open 24 hours. The gaming floor is home to over 1400 slots, table games, high-limit gaming and features three restaurants, two full-service bars and free live music on weekends.
Shopping & Antiquing
Gifts, high-quality goods, t-shirts, sporting equipment, unique antiques - we've got it all. Explore the shops of Onekama, Downtown Manistee, Downtown Frankfort, Beulah and Traverse City to find the perfect treasure.
From biking to tennis, golf to swimming, get outdoors in Northern Michigan. Click by sport for more information.
Nectar Spa at Little River Casino Resort
Relax at the Nectar Spa and Salon inside Little River Casino Resort. Click here to check out the spa menu and information.
Crystal Mountain Spa
Crystal Spa is located inside Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville. Click to check out the spa menu and information.
WINE & SPIRIT TASTING
Taste Northern Michigan
Northern Michigan has made a mark on the wine industry, and cider houses and distilleries are following suit. Check out some of the many tasting houses in Northwest Michigan.
Lineback's - Chateau Grand Traverse Tasting Room - Onekama
Douglas Valley Winery, Tasting Room - Manistee & Downtown Manistee
Iron Fish Distillery - Thompsonville
St. Ambrose Cellars - Beulah
Cru Cellars - Frankfort