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Relocate to Manistee, Michigan

Any time you can live and work in a clean, safe community- especially along the Lake Michigan shoreline, why wouldn’t you? Manistee has the unique combination of beauty, history and nature, which attracts visitors from all over. Many of those visitors find that Manistee is an ideal place to live, whether you’re raising a family or nearing retirement.

The Great Outdoors

Manistee beckons you outside to discover all its rich natural resources. The Manistee National Forest is a vast area of land perfect for all types of recreation. Here you can hike, fish, camp, canoe, and hunt, no matter what the season. Take a relaxing stroll along the 1.5 mile Riverwalk, a unique feature of downtown Manistee. The path follows the Manistee river and ends up at First Street Beach at Lake Michigan. Sit on one of the many benches and watch small watercraft and large freighters glide by. There are markers every tenth of a mile so you can gauge your distance, and the Riverwalk is handicap accessible. Just north of Manistee is the Michigan Audubon Society Lake Bluff Center, set upon high bluffs that overlook Lake Michigan. Here you can enjoy the wetlands, home to a variety of birds such as hawks and bald eagles. View the giant redwood tree and the colorful lilies, mums, and hydrangeas. Of course, Manistee has wonderful beaches, golf courses, and world class fishing.

Downtown Manistee

Love to shop? Manistee will not disappoint- their downtown shops offer everything from housewares to antiques to hip clothing. Relax with friends over a latte, cocktail, or delicious meal after your shopping excursion and enjoy the Victorian architecture Manistee is known for. The wonderful Vogue Theatre, a historic landmark, is a fabulous place to stop and see a current movie, as well as some good old classics. And the Historic Ramsdell Theater is perhaps Manistee’s most famous landmark. Now over 100 years old, it is the venue today for play productions, ballet performances, weddings, and other special occasions. Actor James Earl Jones began his career at the Ramsdell and periodically comes back for a visit.

Festivals & Events

The advantages of living in a small community is seeing friends and family at popular festivals throughout the year. Manistee has its share of events including summer’s very popular Forest Festival. Held over the July 4th holiday, it features a parade, fireworks, arts and crafts, music, and so much more. Other festivals include the Manistee County Fair and the September Hops & Props. In December, you won’t want to miss the Victorian Sleighbell Parade & Old Christmas Weekend. Here you can experience what Christmas was like in the 1900’s, complete with carolers in period costumes, Belgian horses, and warm chestnuts.


Manistee takes pride in its exceptional educational system, from preschool up through twelfth grade. You can choose to send your child to Manistee Area Schools, Manistee Catholic Central, or an alternative school. Sports also play a large part in school life, with football, soccer, swimming, track, golf, basketball, baseball, and volleyball being just a few of the athletics offered in Manistee. Whether you become a Chippewa or a Saber, your child will gain confidence through teamwork and good sportsmanship. West Shore Community College, located just 20 minutes south of Manistee, offers students a quality general education for those who wish to later transfer to larger universities.

Medical & Health Care

Manistee offers its residents good medical care. Munson Medical Center serves the community with emergency and rehabilitation services, surgical unit, women and children’s care, and cancer treatment. A variety of physicians are on staff, specializing in obstetrics and gynecology, dermatology, orthopedics, pediatrics, and oncology. Hospice and home health care are also available to the residents of Manistee. More medical options are found at sister hospital- Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, about an hour north.

Close to larger cities, with the advantages of small town living… Manistee, Michigan is a great place to live!

More Manistee County Travel Information

Planning a visit to the Manistee area? Have questions about your trip? Here’s where you can find help: 

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Experience the Manistee Area

Fishing in Manistee

Manistee offers a variety of fishing opportunities! Cast your own line into one of the many lakes or streams — or hop aboard a charter boat!

Manistee National Forest

Manistee National Forest together with the Huron National Forest occupies almost a million acres of land in Michigan’s lower peninsula.

The Vogue Theatre in Manistee

The historical Vogue Theatre in Manistee, renovated as a modern-day movie theater, shows current movies, classic films, and family movies.