Completed in 1858, Point Betsie Lighthouse illuminates the southern entrance to the Manitou Passage along the northwestern shore of Lake Michigan. (Courtesy their FB page.)
Van’s Beach and Hall Beach (adjacent to one antrtes
The beach is Leland’s first public beach on Lake Michigan since the harbor was constructed in 1970. It lies at the base of the south breakwall of the harbor and was originally owned by the Hall family. The beach area was made possible by the Hall Family and the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund.
It lies at the base of the breakwall and connects Fishtown to the rest of the public beach to the south which was gifted by the Miller Taylor families. Linked together, these areas create an uninterrupted protected area from Fishtown to where the trail comes down to the water from the parking area at the road end of Cedar street – for both wildlife and public to enjoy. A favorite place for watching Lake Michigan sunsets, Hall Beach also protects historic Fishtown from future commercial development. (Courtesy Leelanau Conservancy)
Matson’s Campground is located on the Big Manistee River between Wellston and Manistee, MI. We offer camping sites from rustic on the river, electric, water and electric and full hookup sites. All sites have a picnic table and fire pit. Our bathhouse is one of the nicest in the camping industry.
We have one and two-bedroom cabins that have a full kitchen and bathroom. Matson’s Lodge, newly added in 2012, offers 6 bedrooms and accommodates 10-16 people. We also have two 33ft travel trailers for rent. All units are fully furnished with bedding, towels, TV, air conditioning, picnic table, fire pit, charcoal grill.
Other amenities include a Convenience store, wood, boat rentals, tubing, canoeing/kayaking, and River Guide Service. Enjoy fishing the Big Manistee River for Walleye, Bass and Northern Pike in the Summer, Salmon in August-September, and Steelhead in October thru April. (Courtesy their FB page.)
Healy Lake provides good boating and pan fishing opportunities. Located in Manistee County,7.5 miles southwest of Copemish via County Road 669, Healy Lake Road, Plagany Road and Entrance Road.
Overlooks Ellsworth Lake which is connected to Chain of Lakes. Great swimming, beach, boat launch, pavilion, good fishing with fish cleaning station is right in front of the campground at the Ellsworth River Park. Camping can be reserved from May 15 thru September 30.
The Ranch sits upon 195 acres along the banks of the Boardman River and nestled deep in the woods of the Pere Marquette State Forest. It’s just 12 miles southeast of Traverse City, but you will feel worlds away from the hustle and bustle. Come and share in the heritage of the Ranch—to gather and to enjoy outdoor recreation and relaxation alike on a visit you won’t soon forget. (Courtesy of their website.)
Our family-friendly RV park is run by the city of East Jordan, which is home to the East Jordan Iron Works Museum, the district library, the East Jordan City Marina, and the Elm Point Museum. Join us for days of relaxing on the sand, swimming in the lake, or boating and fishing (the marina and boat launch are right nearby.) We recently completed a large playground which is suitable for ages 2-12 years of age. We have plenty of ball fields, courts, and rooms for games, and tennis courts. Our park is now open year round, and we have cable TV hook-ups throughout the park. WI-FI is available at an additional fee. (Courtesy their website.)
A rustic parking area off of a dirt road is located at the trailhead. Trails total more than 1½ miles and are quite hilly. One path takes you to an overlook platform providing views of the valley beneath. Another trail connects the preserve trails with the Raven Hill Discovery Center, which lies adjacent to the preserve.
The Porcupine Mountains Ski Area is managed by the Gogebic Community College Ski Area Management Program.