Rogers Park, four miles west of Manistique, provides a perfect location for swimming and a picnic.
MANISTIQUE BOARD WALK
Stroll along two miles of Lake Michigan shoreline on the Manistique Boardwalk. This wood and cement walk features three bridges, several benches, observation areas and a great view of Manistique’s Breakwater Light. Parking is available at various points along the walk.
The Manistique Marina has 23 slips available to boaters from mid-May through September. Bathroom facilities are accessible and a walkway to Manistique’s downtown area is provided. Phone 906-341-2290.
MEAD SELF-GUIDED SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY AUTO TOUR
Mead Paper Products maintains a self-guided tour through nearby reforested lands. The 3.6 mile tour is meant to familiarize you with Mead’s commitment to sustainable forestry. Brochures are available at the Chamber of Commerce office. 906-341-5010.
RAINEY WILDLIFE AREA
Established as a little piece of nature in a growing residential area, Rainey Wildlife Area is a wonderful opportunity to view nature & the surrounding ecosystem. The quarter-mile trail & boardwalk, which winds through stands of maple, yellow birch & mixed conifers, leads to the observation platform which provides a unique & scenic view of Smith Creek, Smith Slough & Indian Lake. Waterfowl & songbirds abound in their natural element. Lucky visitors may glimpse deer & other mammals who make their way through the area. Bald Eagles & Osprey also nest & hunt in the area. Interpretive signs aid the explorer in identifying land formations & species. The observation platform is also a great place to view the fall colors & migrating waterfowl, making this area a destination for all seasons.
SENEY NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
Open year-round, the Refuge offers wildlife viewing, hiking, bicycling, canoeing and cross-country skiing. The Visitor Center is open daily from May 15 to September 30, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Exhibits, a children’s touch table, a bookstore and an orientation slide show complete your visit. Guided programs are offered throughout the summer. 906-586-9851.
Seul Choix Point Lighthouse
Pronounced Sis-Shwa, meaning "Only Choice" the Lighthouse became operational in 1892 & provided a much needed reference point & refuge on Lake Michigan. For many years the tall white tower has welcomed and given warning to ships traveling on Lake Michigan. The Lighthouse & Museum are located in Gulliver, just 11 miles East on US 2 from Manistique, then 8 miles South on County Road 432. Open Memorial Day through mid October.
The rebuilt Siphon Bridge is a unique landmark. At one time the bridge was supported by water that was atmospherically forced under it, making it a “floating bridge”. Originally built in 1919, it has been featured in Ripley’s “Believe It Or Not”.
THOMPSON STATE FISH HATCHERY
This Department of Natural Resources facility produces Brook, Brown and Rainbow Trout, Coho Salmon, Muskies, Northern, Walleye and Suckers. Open all year.
The Roman Revival structure served Manistique’s water needs from 1922-1966. It was named a Michigan State Historical Site in June of 1979, and was placed on the National Register of Historical Sites, October 26, 1981.