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The Manistee River Walk
The city of Manistee is an exciting place to live and a wonderful place to visit. With its location along Lake Michigan, you can enjoy fantastic fishing, boating, and swimming. The Manistee-Huron National Forest, which stretches for miles, offers hiking, biking, and camping. Within the city, you can watch a production at the Historic Ramsdell Theater, and stroll the very popular Manistee Riverwalk.
The Riverwalk follows the Manistee River. To walk the full 1.5 mile length, park at the end of Jones Street, where you’ll find access to the walkway. It continues on under the US-31 bridge and meanders behind the downtown district, finally ending up at First Street beach, near the river outlet to Lake Michigan. Along the Riverwalk, there are stairs you can climb to access the many shops and restaurants in downtown Manistee. At the end of Spruce Street, you’ll find a park complete with picnic tables, grills, and bench swings. It’s a wonderful place to stop, rest, and enjoy a bite to eat. During your walk, you’ll pass by fish cleaning stations, docks and, of course, view the large freighters and smaller vessels as they glide along the river.
13 signs have been placed along Manistee’s famous Riverwalk, with mileage markers every tenth mile to track your distance. It’s the goal of the Healthy Manistee County Coalition to get residents out and about, promoting a healthier lifestyle. There are also markers posted along the way that point out historical sites of importance.
One of the best features of the Manistee Riverwalk is the fact it is handicap accessible, allowing everyone to enjoy it. There are ramps at both ends of the Riverwalk- at First Street Beach and next to the US-31 bridge. You can also park west of the Manistee City Marina and access the Riverwalk, or use the ramp between Division and Greenbush Streets.
The Manistee Riverwalk is great for those who want to get in shape, and for anyone who wants to experience the beauty of Manistee from a unique perspective. It’s unlike anything else in this area and is meant for all to enjoy
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West Michigan Activities & Attractions
Beautiful color emerges come Fall. Take it all in with an afternoon drive, or stroll, through the many forests of West Michigan.
Visit the new Value of Sports Museum located at Historic White Pine Village just a short drive from Ludington.
Created in 1980, this trail has 1,000 miles running through Michigan, which also runs through the Huron-Manistee National Forest.
Todd and Brad Reed offer Photography Workshops throughout the year. These classes are great for beginners as well as seasoned professionals.
Scottville Riverside Park, along the Pere Marquette River, has over 50 modern sites and is popular for camping and fishing.
Find artifacts, photographs, and lots of information and stories about the rich history of Pentwater at this historic museum!
The West Michigan area, with many small lakes and rivers to explore, is a popular location for paddle sports.
West Michigan boasts numerous museums to learn about the area’s rich history and to expand knowledge through activities and exhibits.
Pere Marquette River, with it’s moderately fast current and clear water, is an extremely popular river for canoeists and kayakers.
Agriculture plays a large role in the economics of Mason County. Take this self-guided tour to learn about agriculture in Mason County.