Things to Do

Explore the Many Attractions of Ludington and Manistee

Lake Michigan Beaches & Parks

There is no doubt that one of the best attractions in Manistee County is the 25 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline that leave you in awe. From the vastness of the Lake itself to the golden sand, this slice of paradise is among the best in Michigan. Explore the local lighthouses like Big Sable Point or Ludington Pier Lighthouse that guide sailors to the safe harbors in the area. You can also just enjoy the peaceful calm of the waves washing on shore while you dip your toes in.

Ludington State Park Information

Manistee County Beaches

Trails & Outdoor Recreation

Have an adventure to explore the Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area and enjoy the many trails that run throughout the region. Whether you want to travel on foot, bike, or kayak, there is so much to see and do in the area that you'll never be bored. There is a vast network of rivers and streams in Manistee and Mason Counties plus miles and miles of trails and wilderness. No matter the season, you'll find something to do like floating down the river in the summer or snowmobiling tours in the winter!

Area Trail Maps

Kayak & Equipment Rental


You can't think of Michigan without thinking of the diverse fishing landscape. Fly fishing, bass fishing, and ice fishing are among the few ways you can enjoy a relaxing day out on the water to catch some dinner. Daily fishing licenses for all species is only $10 and it's free for kids under 17. Learn a new skill and catch trout with a fly fishing guide on the Manistee River or catch some bass on the lake. In the winter when the lakes freeze over, it's still a great time to visit because you can try your hand at ice fishing, just dress warm and watch your step! 

Manistee River Fishing Guide

Fly Fishing Guide



The beautiful terrain of Michigan's West Shore creates the perfect environment for some of the best golfing in the Midwest. You can enjoy teeing off right next to Lake Michigan with beautiful scenery to enjoy all around you from many of the amazing golf courses in the Ludington and Manistee area. Arcadia Bluffs Golf Resort in Manistee is among the nation's top 15 golf courses. Enjoy uniquely designed and professionally maintained courses no matter where you tee off in Northwestern Michigan. This destination-level golfing is great for all skill levels and competes with some of the best in America.

Arcadia Bluffs Golf Resort

Lakeside Links


With more than 60 restaurants to choose from in Manistee and Mason Counties, you can have your choice of fantastic cuisine made locally. From casual American cuisine to upscale dining for a romantic night out, you have many options for fresh, great-tasting food. There are also many breweries and wineries in the area or try a flight of spirits at Iron Fish Distillery. Have some food delivered for a night-in at your vacation rental or hit the town for a relaxing evening with delicious fare. 

Manistee County Dining Options

Mason County Dining Options