Manistee County, state designated "Community of Economic Excellence," is located on Lake Michigan, a part of northwestern Michigan. Historic Manistee, the Victorian port city, is the county seat, with the downtown on the state and national Historic registers, and a riverwalk running through downtown to Lake Michigan. Coastline villages include Onekama, Arcadia, Bear Lake, Copemish, Kaleva, Brethren, and Wellston. The county is a paradise for water and sports enthusiasts and is known as the "Fishing Capitol of the Midwest." Lakes within the county include Portage, Bear Lake, and Manistee Lake. There are also many rivers and streams. The diverse economy includes Morton Salt "When it rains, it pours" Co., a large paper products co., and many smaller industries.
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Manistee County has a vast natural beauty and a "hometown" feeling, and cultural arts include the historic Ramsdell Theatre, Manistee Symphony Orchestra, Manistee Art Institute, three dance studios, and three art galleries. Surrounded by unspoiled natural beauty year round, Manistee County offers small town charm with recreation for every enthusiast, including some of the finest fishing in the country, white sandy beaches, 87,000 acres of Manistee National Forest land, hunting, campgrounds, horseback riding, skiing and snowmobile trails, 6 golf courses, tennis, canoeing, public access lakes, riverwalks and bandshells, bowling, historic buildings, Victorian mansions, trolley tours, museums and festivals throughout the year. Two piers along with the U.S. Coast Guard Station protect the entrance to the Manistee River channel; the much photographed and painted lighthouse and beautiful beach scenes draw many artists to the area; Manistee County has a vast natural beauty, a "hometown" feeling, and cultural arts include the historic Ramsdell Theatre, Manistee Symphony Orchestra, Manistee Art Institute, three dance studios, and three art galleries.
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Wineries & Vineyards:
- Douglas Valley Organic Vineyards- Manistee