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Onekama is a tiny village rich in history located along US Highway 31 near Portage Lake and a quarter of a mile from the Lake Michigan shoreline. The town of Onekama is an old resort area along Portage Lake with a lovely park, marina, restaurants and shops. The history of the area is evident in the many Victorian cottages in the village, and the historic Portage Point Inn on the north side of the lake. Portage Lake is the largest lake in Manistee County, with 2500 acres of water, and very popular for fishing and boating. Other things to do in the area include swimming, sunning on the beach, kayaking, camping, biking, golf and wave running. The Manistee National Forest has over 87,000 acres with miles and miles of hiking trails. And other good spots for a hike include nearby Magoon Creek Natural Area, Orchard Beach State Park and the Manistee County National Forest. If you're seeking something a little more exciting, there are several nearby casinos in Manistee, South Petroskey and Traverse City. Onekama is also home to the annual "Onekama Days," usually held in late July and featuring an arts & crafts fair, old-fashioned bake sale, parade, entertainment and auto show. There are many other fairs and festivals in the surrounding area throughout the summer months.

Surrounding areas: Bear Lake, Michigan (4.8 mi), Manistee, Michigan (10.2 mi), Arcadia, Michigan (11.0 mi), Thompsonville, Michigan (16.8 mi), Frankfort, Michigan (18.7 mi), Sand Lake, Michigan (19.0 mi), Beulah, Michigan (19.3 mi)

Onekama Vacation Rentals

Onekama Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Manistee Microtel226 E Parkdale AveManistee, MI8.1 mi.(231) 398-0008
Days Inn - Manistee1462 US 31 SManistee, MI10.2 mi.(231) 723-8385
Manistee Inn378 Riv StManistee, MI10.2 mi.(231) 723-4000
Crystal Mountain12500 Crystal Mountain DrThompsonville, MI14.9 mi.(800) 968-7686
Harbor Lights Motel15 Second StFrankfort, MI18.5 mi.(231) 352-5614
Best Western - Scenic Hill Resort1400 US 31 HwyBeulah, MI19.3 mi.(231) 882-7754
Crystal Beach Resort222 CTR StBeulah, MI19.3 mi.(231) 882-7229
Blue Lake Resort6199 Larson RdFountain, MI20.9 mi.(231) 462-3466

Onekama 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. -

Onekama Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Manistee County Blacker airport (MBL) located about 6 miles southwest of Onekama in Manistee, Michigan, the Mason County airport (LDM) located approximately 29 miles southwest of Onekama in Ludington, Michigan, the Wexford County airport (CAD) located roughly 39 miles east of Onekama in Cadillac, Michigan, the Cherry Capital airport (TVC) located around 40 miles northeast of Onekama in Traverse City, Michigan, the Fremont Municipal airport (3FM) located about 64 miles south of Onekama in Fremont, Michigan, the Antrim County airport (ACB) located approximately 65 miles northeast of Onekama in Bellaire, Michigan, and finally the Manitowoc County airport (MTW) located roughly 74 miles west of Onekama in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

Onekama Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Funland Amusement ParkShelby TownshipMI53.0 mi.
Michigan's AdventureMuskegonMI78.1 mi.
White CitySheboyganWI86.2 mi.
Water Parks
Michigan's Wild Water Adventure Water ParkMuskegonMI78.1 mi.
Splash Family Water ParkGrand RapidsMI100.4 mi.
Golf Courses
Heathlands Golf CourseOnekamaMI 
West Shore Golf ClubDouglasMI3.2 mi.
Chestnut Hills Golf CourseBear LakeMI4.8 mi.
County Highlands Golf CourseBear LakeMI4.8 mi.
Fox Hills Golf CourseManisteeMI10.4 mi.
Manistee Golf & Country ClubManisteeMI10.4 mi.
Arcadia Bluffs Golf CourseArcadiaMI11.0 mi.
Fawn Crest Golf CourseWellstonMI16.4 mi.
Champion HillBenzoniaMI18.5 mi.
Frankfort Golf CourseFrankfortMI18.7 mi.
Pinecroft Golf PlantationBenzoniaMI19.4 mi.
Crystal Lake Golf ClubBeulahMI20.7 mi.
Briar At Mesick Golf & Country ClubMesickMI24.4 mi.
Interlochen Golf ClubInterlochenMI29.0 mi.
Ski Areas
Crystal MountainThompsonvilleMI16.7 mi.
The Homestead ResortGlen ArborMI38.4 mi.
Sugar Loaf ResortCedarMI39.0 mi.
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf ResortCadillacMI40.4 mi.
Shanty CreekBellaireMI64.7 mi.
Riverview HighlandsRiverviewMI69.0 mi.
Boyne USA ResortsBoyne FallsMI84.1 mi.
Treetops SylvanGaylordMI87.9 mi.
Pando Ski CenterRockfordMI91.8 mi.
Nubs NobHarbor SpringsMI94.6 mi.
Cannonsburg Ski AreaCannonsburgMI97.7 mi.
SunburstKewaskumWI116.4 mi.
Apple MountainFreelandMI118.6 mi.
State Parks
Orchard Beach State ParkMI7.9 mi. 
Ludington State ParkMI26.5 mi. 
Interlochen State ParkMI28.1 mi. 
D H Day State ParkMI37.4 mi. 
William Mitchell State ParkMI38.4 mi. 
Dennos Museum CenterTraverse CityMI39.8 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Zoos and Aquariums
North Eastern Wisconsin ZooGreen BayWI90.3 mi.

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