Manistique Travel Guide

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Manistique Things to Do

  • Old Residential Buildings

    Manistique had a devastating flood in 1920, so few old structures predate this period. However, there are downtown as few old lovely residences.

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  • Walk Downtown Manistique

    Manistique lumber industry never really built up the town into extraordinary wealth and splendor as the iron ore industry has for towns along Lake Superior, for example, but there are a few significant structures downtown worth viewing as one browses the antique shops or takes lunch as the cafe.

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  • Visit the Lighthouse from the Beach Walk

    Manistique has a 2 mile long beach front walk from which the concrete breakwater and lighthouse can be reached. This is actually the Garden Peninsula that juts out into Lake Michigan, so after lighthouse were built around barriers near the Mackinac Bridge area, it was also determined that a lighthouse was needed at Manistique. So, the lighthouse...

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  • Kitchitikipi

    This is a spring fed lake that is incredibly clean, clear and cold. There is a glass bottom raft you can go on to see straight down into the lake. Best yet, no charge to go on the raft (except maybe State Park entrance fees). It is so beautiful and peaceful and has never been crowded when I was there.

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  • Peninsula Point Lighthouse

    This is almost 1/2 hour away from Manistique, but probably the closest city to it. It is cool to climb to the top of the lighthouse and admire the view.

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  • Fayette Ghost Town

    This was a mining town in the mid-1800's, but when the company left, so did all the people, but many buildings remain today. Some buildings are remodeled to show what life was like, some are in their natural condition. The bay it is on is also beautiful.

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Manistique Restaurants

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    by krazy76 Updated Apr 12, 2004

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    My favorite restaurant is the Elk's club. Friday night's fish fry is great but you can also order off the menu, yummy steaks, shrimp, and sometimes the hot bar. Atmosphere is everything. Friendly folks! And the karaoke is a blast!

    Favorite Dish: My favorite? hmmmmmm Probably the steak, it was cooked to perfection.

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Manistique Nightlife

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    by jacobBarly Written Oct 4, 2005

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    Stay away from the downtown area. The Nazi's rulle the night in this small UP town. My wife and I were accosted by a gang of thugs wherein I was sexually assaulted with a boat oar and my wife was stripped of her wedding ring. Everywhere we turned no one would help us and seemed to want to do us more harm then good. The daytime atmosphere was spetacular, with the local traditions being a true pleasure to watch, but the crime enforcement is horrendous. We were hung up on by the 911 dispatcher and told to go back to where we came from by shop owners. Not your typical UP experiance, but overall it was a positve trip to this miserable area of the pennisula

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Manistique Transportation

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    by atufft Written Aug 26, 2013

    Commercial trucks like mine simply can't get in/out of the Palmsbook State Park parking lot, so park down the street at the restaurant. 53' semi will have to cross the lawn to get turned around as I show in the photo. For everyone else, check out the park fees and decide whether or not the quarter mile walk is your thing. Those with the Michigan state park card get in cheaper, of course.

    Related to:
    • Road Trip
    • Motorcycle

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Manistique Tourist Traps

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    by atufft Written Aug 26, 2013

    There are a few really pleasant tourist traps in this region and Kitchitikipi is one of them. Rescued from the lumber and mining industry, Palmsbook, for whom the state park is named, willed this extraordinary natural springs over for public appreciation. They are free for visitors coming in on foot, although those driving in will pay a good price to park. It's possible to park at a restaurant a quarter mile down from the dead-end road that leads to the state park. See my video for this. The springs bubble from an underground aquifer, creating a crystal clear water with turquoise basin, that happens to also be stocked with huge fish. There is a human propelled ferry that moves slowly across the top. Children like to spin the wheel that locomotes the ferry along the cable. The native Americans considered this a sacred springs, so in a sense the storyline here follows a similar pattern as found in the movie Avatar.

    Unique Suggestions: Have your kid spin the wheel.

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    • Eco-Tourism
    • Jungle and Rain Forest
    • National/State Park

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Manistique What to Pack

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    by krazy76 Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Even when it gets hot in the rest of the U.P., Manistique is usually fairly cool. Take a jacket no matter how warm you think it is. But don't forget your swim suit and sand toys!

    Miscellaneous: Be sure to pack your walking shoes. There is a boardwalk along Lake Michigan that is a couple miles long. Beautiful!

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Manistique Favorites

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    by krazy76 Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Favorite thing: If you are in town on a Friday night, you MUST go to the Elk's fish fry. The food is fabulous and karaoke starts at 6 p.m. so you can enjoy the entertainment while you eat (or join in!)

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