The Pure Michigan M-22 Byway begins in Manistee County!
M-22 begins in Manistee County, an area of small, charming towns and incredible natural beauty. The Manistee National Forest, which reaches all the way down to Muskegon County, stands in the southeastern corner of Manistee County with a network of trails, camp sites and land preserved for recreational use. Several inland lakes and rivers have made the county a top destination for fishing. Sandy shoreline stretches up the majority of the county’s Lake Michigan coast.
Discover M-22 in Manistee County
Manistee is a charming Victorian port city, best known for the historic Ramsdell Theater, the 1.5 mile Riverwalk, gorgeous beaches and golf courses, and the popular Little River Casino. Read more about Manistee here.
OnekamaAfter visiting the city of Manistee, follow the winding M-22 up to the village of Onekama, just 20 minutes north of Manistee. Onekama is commonly know as the "Two Lake Town," offering the combination of Lake Michigan shoreline and peaceful Portage Lake. Read more about Onekama here.
ArcadiaLess than 15 minutes north of Onekama, and you'll come across the small town of Arcadia, home of Arcadia Daze in July and Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course. Read more about Arcadia here.
Throughout Manistee CountyTraveling inland, you’ll quickly find yourself engulfed in miles and miles of undeveloped land. Forests stand tall and full of life. The Hodenpyl Dam and the Little Mac Suspended Bridge are lovely sites along the Big Manistee River, with a great view on the walk across the bridge. Kayaking and canoeing are very popular activities on the Big and Little Manistee Rivers. Bear Lake, on US-31, offers speciality shopping and fresh produce during the summer. Kaleva has a wonderful art walk park as well as the famous Kaleva Meats store, with the freshest cuts around. Iron Fish Distillery, Michigan’s only craft spirits farm distillery, is located in Thompsonville and has award winning gin, vodka and whiskey.
Manistee County Info
- Onekama Days Every August
- Experience the Seasons Along M-22
- Visit Manistee in Northwest Michigan
- Visit Arcadia in Manistee County
- Visit The "Two Lake Town" of Onekama in Manistee County
- Get Spooked at Manistee's Ghost Ship on October Weekends
- Lake Michigan Water Temperatures for the Manistee County Area
- Visit Downtown Manistee, the Victorian Port City
- Manistee Library Events
- Manistee County Car Shows
This map shows the entire 116-mile length of M-22, which takes travelers along Lake Michigan and through the beautiful countryside of these Northwest Michigan counties:
Grand Traverse County
The scenic highway M-22 is designated as a Pure Michigan Byway, and is also part of the Lake Michigan Circle Tour.
Grand Traverse County