Category Archives: Area Attractions

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Fayette State Park

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Fayette Historic State Park blends nature and history with a Historic Townsite of a once bustling industrial community.  Visitors can learn about the town through guided tours and information from the Visitor Center, or simply by walking through the townsite and exploring on their own.  Walk through restored buildings like the town hotel and a cabin, built to replicate the homes residents of Fayette used to live.  Interpretive panels provide information to transport visitors back in time and tell the story of the town.


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Big Spring Kitch-iti-kipi)

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Michigan’s Largest Spring.  Named the “Mirror of Heaven” by the early Indians.  Located in Palms Book State Park.  Kitch-iti-kipi is located just west of Manistique at Palms Book State Park.  Go 6 miles west of Manistique on US 2 to Thompson, take M-149 north for 12 miles to the park.  One of the Upper Peninsula’s major attractions, Kitch-iti-kipi or “The Big Spring” is two hundred feet across and forty feet deep. Over 10,000 gallons a minute gush from many fissures in underlying limestone, the flow continuing throughout the year at a constant 45 degree temperature so the spring never freezes and can be enjoyed any season of the year.


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Thompson Historical Site

The silent stones of the dock are the final monument to the last port of call of the famous “Christmas Tree Ship”, the Rouse Simmons. On November 22, 1912, she left Thompson Harbor loaded with Christmas Trees for Chicago. This site tells her story.


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Thompson Fish Hatchery

The Thompson site is the only state hatchery to produce Atlantic Salmon, they also have Brown & Rainbow Trout,Steelhead, Chinook Salmon, Walleye & Northern Musky. Indoor & outdoor facilities. A great educational experience.


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Stony Point Golf Course

Stony Point Golf Course is open to the public, located on US-2 just 2 miles West of Manistique, discriminating golfers find a memorable round of golf in a scenic UP setting. Their bent grass fairways and greens provide a country club feel at family friendly prices. Tee time available 341-3419.


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Siphon Bridge – Deer Street – Manistique, MI

img_siphon bridge water towerBuilt in 1919, it was 300′ long, 66′ wide & 20′ depth.The feed flume was 3,000’long, 200’wide & had a flow of 650,000 gallons per hour. In Ripley’s Believe It or Not, the Siphon Bridge was famed because the roadway was below the water level of the river. Today the flume is no longer used by Manistique Papers and to avoid possible flooding, the East wall of the flume was lowered by ten feet, allowing the Manistique River to return to it’s natural level. The bridge is also listed in the National Register of Historic Places.


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Seul Choix Point Lighthouse

Pronounced Sis-Shwa, meaning “Only Choice” the Lighthouse became operational in 1892 & provided a much needed reference point & refuge on Lake Michigan. Museum & Tower Tours available. Check out their website here.


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Seney National Wildlife Refuge

Created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1935, by the Civilian Conservation Corps.In this nearly 96,000 acres of diverse habitat, live a wide variety of wildlife species.


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Rainey Wildlife Area

A wonderful opportunity to view nature and the surrounding ecosystem. The 1/4 mile trail & boardwalk, winds through stands of maple,yellow birch, & mixed conifers, leads to a observation platform with a unique view.


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Mead Self-Guided sustainable Forestry Auto Tour

Mead Paper Products maintains a self-guided tour through nearby reforested lands. The 3.6 mile tour is meant to familiarize you with Mead’s commitment to sustainable forestry. Brochures at Chamber of Commerce. (906) 341-5010