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Manistee is located on the shores of Lake Michigan in the northern region of the state, along the banks of the Manistee River and near Manistee Lake. This early mill town was completely destroyed by fire in 1871, but was rebuilt and quickly grew to become an area popular with retirees and tourists. The town of Manistee is called "The Victorian Port City," due to its' many, beautifully preserved, turn-of-the-century downtown buildings. The Manistee River, which is spanned by two bascule bridges, runs through the middle of the city, and a new boardwalk along the waterfront provides a picturesque place for a stroll, or to sit and watch the boats on the water. Adjacent to the river walk are public boat ramps, golf courses, pier and surf fishing, tennis courts and Lighthouse Park. Manistee's downtown area has lots of unique specialty shops, antique shops and restaurants, and the Little River Casino is located just five miles north of town. Narrated, historical tours and sunset lighthouse tours are available from Manistee, and scenic airplane rides depart from the Manistee Airport and fly over Lake Michigan and Manistee or Portage Lake. Manistee is also home to an annual Summer Art Fair, usually held in Red Szymarek Park along Lake Michigan.

Surrounding areas: Onekama, Michigan (10.2 mi), Bear Lake, Michigan (15.1 mi), Sand Lake, Michigan (19.8 mi), Arcadia, Michigan (20.1 mi), Ludington, Michigan (21.0 mi), Walhalla, Michigan (22.6 mi), Thompsonville, Michigan (26.8 mi)

Manistee Vacation Rentals

Manistee Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Days Inn - Manistee1462 US 31 SManistee, MI (231) 723-8385
Manistee Inn378 Riv StManistee, MI (231) 723-4000
Manistee Microtel226 E Parkdale AveManistee, MI (231) 398-0008
Blue Lake Resort6199 Larson RdFountain, MI15.6 mi.(231) 462-3466
Four Seasons Lodging & BRKFST717 E Ludington AveLudington, MI20.8 mi.(231) 843-3448
Holiday Inn Express5323 W US 10Ludington, MI21.0 mi.(231) 845-7004
Holiday Inn Express5373 W Us-10Ludington, MI21.0 mi.(231) 845-7004
Crystal Mountain12500 Crystal Mountain DrThompsonville, MI25.1 mi.(800) 968-7686
Harbor Lights Motel15 Second StFrankfort, MI26.9 mi.(231) 352-5614
Best Western - Scenic Hill Resort1400 US 31 HwyBeulah, MI29.1 mi.(231) 882-7754
Crystal Beach Resort222 CTR StBeulah, MI29.1 mi.(231) 882-7229

Manistee Weather & Climate

The lake effect is quite strong on the northwest area of Lower Michigan near the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park. This area has a distinct four-season climate, although Lake Michigan helps modify temperatures, keeping them cooler in late spring and early summer, and warmer during late fall and winter. Showers and thunderstorms are common in spring and summer, and precipitation is generally evenly distributed during the crop season of April through September, receiving an average of 17.45 inches of rain during that time. The lake also acts as a giant humidifier, increasing moisture content in the air throughout the year. However, extremely hot and humid summer days are not that common and don't last long in this part of the state. Snowfall varies greatly from season to season.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 30°F 17°F 2.13 in. -
February 33°F 18°F 1.41 in. -
March 42°F 24°F 2.12 in. -
April 55°F 34°F 2.78 in. -
May 67°F 43°F 2.62 in. -
June 76°F 52°F 3.28 in. -
July 80°F 58°F 3.05 in. -
August 78°F 57°F 3.94 in. -
September 71°F 51°F 3.57 in. -
October 59°F 41°F 3.26 in. -
November 46°F 32°F 2.89 in. -
December 34°F 22°F 2.28 in. -

Manistee Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Manistee County Blacker airport (MBL) located about 4 miles east of Manistee, the Cherry Capital airport (TVC) located approximately 50 miles northeast of Manistee in Traverse City, Michigan, the Fremont Municipal airport (3FM) located roughly 58 miles south of Manistee in Fremont, Michigan, and finally the Muskegon County airport (MKG) located around 74 miles south of Manistee in Muskegon, Michigan.

Manistee Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Funland Amusement ParkShelby TownshipMI44.3 mi.
Michigan's AdventureMuskegonMI69.9 mi.
White CitySheboyganWI77.1 mi.
Bay Beach Amusement ParkGreen BayWI85.9 mi.
Water Parks
Michigan's Wild Water Adventure Water ParkMuskegonMI69.9 mi.
Splash Family Water ParkGrand RapidsMI94.4 mi.
Golf Courses
Fox Hills Golf CourseManisteeMI 
Manistee Golf & Country ClubManisteeMI 
West Shore Golf ClubDouglasMI7.3 mi.
Heathlands Golf CourseOnekamaMI10.2 mi.
Chestnut Hills Golf CourseBear LakeMI15.1 mi.
County Highlands Golf CourseBear LakeMI15.1 mi.
Fawn Crest Golf CourseWellstonMI18.7 mi.
Arcadia Bluffs Golf CourseArcadiaMI20.1 mi.
Lakeside Links Golf CourseLudingtonMI21.3 mi.
Lincoln Hills Golf ClubLudingtonMI21.3 mi.
Frankfort Golf CourseFrankfortMI27.3 mi.
Champion HillBenzoniaMI28.4 mi.
Crystal Lake Golf ClubBeulahMI29.0 mi.
Pinecroft Golf PlantationBenzoniaMI29.3 mi.
Ski Areas
Crystal MountainThompsonvilleMI26.8 mi.
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf ResortCadillacMI45.7 mi.
The Homestead ResortGlen ArborMI48.1 mi.
Sugar Loaf ResortCedarMI49.1 mi.
Riverview HighlandsRiverviewMI64.4 mi.
Shanty CreekBellaireMI74.7 mi.
Pando Ski CenterRockfordMI86.6 mi.
Cannonsburg Ski AreaCannonsburgMI92.7 mi.
Boyne USA ResortsBoyne FallsMI94.1 mi.
Treetops SylvanGaylordMI97.5 mi.
Nubs NobHarbor SpringsMI104.8 mi.
SunburstKewaskumWI107.2 mi.
State Parks
Orchard Beach State ParkMI2.6 mi. 
Ludington State ParkMI16.4 mi. 
Charles Mears State ParkMI32.6 mi. 
Interlochen State ParkMI38.1 mi. 
Dennos Museum CenterTraverse CityMI49.9 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Zoos and Aquariums
North Eastern Wisconsin ZooGreen BayWI85.9 mi.
Milwaukee County Zoological GardensMilwaukeeWI114.9 mi.

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