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Visit The "Two Lake Town" of Onekama in Manistee County

Just 20 minutes north of Manistee, Onekama is the first community along the M-22 Scenic Heritage Route. Commonly known as the “Two Lake Town,” Onekama offers a combination of Lake Michigan shoreline and peaceful views of Portage Lake.

Top Things to See & Do

Portage Lake: 

A wonderful natural lake, Portage is a great place for boating and paddle boarding with great places along the shore to stay and eat.

Pierport Beach:

At the end of 13 Mile Road, this secluded beach is great place to enjoy the lake and see the sunset without the crowds.

Portage Point Resort:

Over one hundred years old, the resort not only holds historic value but continues to provide Onekama with a place for people to gather and has been restored into a great place to stay.

Artesian Well:

On Portage Point Drive, this well pumps crystal clear drinking-water and is known as the “Fountain of Youth.”

Manistee County Fairgrounds:

The Manistee County Fair is every year in late August, but the fairgrounds are utilized throughout the year for different events.

Downtown Onekema

The main hub of Onekama is right along M-22. Enjoy fresh coffee and homemade treats at the Yellow Dog Cafe. Fine dining awaits at The Glenwood. In the summer, Onekama has Monday Night Concerts in the Park featuring many local artists from all around. The Onekama Art Snake is a fun July event that displays many works of locals artists. In October, check out the annual Fall Festival in the Village Park.

Historic Portage Point Resort

Portage Point Resort has been in operation for over 100 years and has recently been restored to the majestic vacation escape it once was. With an infinity pool and access to both Portage Lake and Lake Michigan, it’s a water recreation paradise. Stay for awhile or stop by for a bite at the Portage Point Cafe. You won’t regret the view. On your way to the resort on Portage Point Drive, stop at the Artesian well, locally known as the Fountain of Youth, to fill up with fresh water right out of the pump.

Activities & Attractions in West Michigan

West Michigan Museums

West Michigan boasts numerous museums to learn about the area’s rich history and to expand knowledge through activities and exhibits.

The Vogue Theatre in Manistee

The historical Vogue Theatre in Manistee, renovated as a modern-day movie theater, shows current movies, classic films, and family movies.

Mason County Cultural Trails

A site to behold along Lake Michigan, these structures with a rich history give both a sense of safety and a beautiful site.

Manistee’s Riverwalk

The Manistee Riverwalk follows the Manistee River from Jones Street, under the US-31 bridge, behind downtown, and ends at First Street beach.

Silver Lake State Park

The Silver Lake State Park is 3,000 acres and is situated between Silver Lake and Lake Michigan, offering boating, fishing, swimming, & ORV.