No visit to the area is complete without a trip to Palms Book State Park, also known as Kitch-iti-kipi, or The Big Springs. Take a few minutes to enjoy a raft ride across the crystal clear water of this 40 foot deep natural spring. Be sure to get your free copy of the legend of Kitch-iti-kipi from the Chamber of Commerce 906-341-5010, open year-round, or the park store 906-341-2355, open May 15 to September 30.
1380N State Highway 149 Cooks, Michigan 49817
BISHOP BARAGA SHRINE AND INDIAN LAKE MISSION CHAPEL
Frederic Baraga (1797-1868) the “Snowshoe Priest” left his comfortable home in Slovenia in 1832 to begin his missionary work in the Great Lakes region. On May 15, 1832 the Rt. Rev. Frederic Baraga blessed his first church on Indian Lake. It was built with the enthusiastic help of the local Chippewa Indians and dedicated “to the honor of God under the name and patronage of His Virginal Mother Mary”. The restored site includes the chapel, several Indian dwellings and an old Indian cemetery.
On Indian Lake, Schoolcraft County
Be sure to stop and explore Manistique’s downtown with its unique and charming shops and restaurants, marina and boardwalk. The rebuilt siphon bridge and historic water tower are a “must see”. Paul Bunyan stands in front of the Chamber of Commerce.
Cedar Street, Deer Street, M-94, Also stores on US HWY 2
EAST BREAKWATER LIGHT
Not far from shore, at the end of a pier that juts out into Lake Michigan, stands the Manistique East Breakwater Light. The light is housed in a bright-red square tower that is capped by a black parapet lantern room. A black staircase climbs up from tbe pier several feet to a door at the bottom of the tower. Only a few small round windows allow light into the interior of this structure. Parking for visitors is available at Lakeview Park, at the Boardwalk.
Access road next to Hardee's restaurant, go south. Enjoy the Marina, Boardwalk, Breakwater Light all from the same area.
ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION LAB
Hike, enjoy the six different trails, learn about the forest & all it has to offer. Observation Platform, Interpretive Trails, Main Trail Loop, Manistique Papers Boardwalk. Three miles East of Manistique,1 mile North, 1 1/2 miles on Krummich Rd.
FAYETTE STATE PARK
Once a bustling industrial community, which manufactured charcoal pig iron between 1867 and l891, Fayette offers visitors the unmatched serenity of a Lake Michigan Harbor, white cliffs and verdant forests. This well-preserved museum village recalls another time when it was a noisy, dirty company town with an immigrant population that shared daily hardships, joys, and sorrows. Park opens mid-May to mid-October. 906-644-2603.
HIAWATHA NATIONAL FOREST
Named after Longfellow’s poem “The Song of Hiawatha”, The Hiawatha National Forest is located in the Central and Eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The Forest encompasses 880,000 acres, and receives over 1.5 million recreational visits per year. The Forest affords visitors access to white sand beaches and relatively undeveloped shorelines along three of America’s Inland Seas – Lakes Superior, Michigan, and Huron. For more information on camping, hiking, hunting, fishing and other recreational activities contact the Hiawatha National Forest, Manistique Ranger District at 906-341-5666.
INDIAN LAKE GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB
Indian Lake Golf Course has a full 18 holes of golf to offer. Its beautiful location overlooking Indian Lake is an added treat for golfers enjoying its superbly conditioned fairways and greens. The club is open to the public. 906-341-5600.
INDIAN LAKE STATE PARK
Indian Lake is located just a few miles from Manistique. Indian Lake is a year-round playground. Stay at one of the many resorts or campgrounds and enjoy boating, fishing, swimming, golf and more! Ranger Programs available in summer. 906-341-2355.
Kewadin Casino, located five miles east of Manistique, offers a full variety of slots and gaming tables. Mariner’s Cove Restaurant and Team Spirits Sports Bar are on site. Free shuttle service. 906-341-5510.