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Manistee is in Manistee County, and in the Northern Region. You can find this community located southwest of Traverse City between Onekama and Ludington along US Highway 31 on the banks of the Manistee River near Manistee Lake.

Manistee was originally settled in 1841 when Adam Stronach and John Joseph built a sawmill there. This area steadily grew and was incorporated into a city in 1859. In 1871, a fire leveled out the town, but the citizens were quick to rebuild it. In 1881, Charles Rietz reinvested in the area after he successfully drilled for salt.

Today, Manistees economy continues to grow, with the main staple of income being tourism. The surrounding township is also a favorite retirement area with a quality real estate market.

Public Libraries Manistee County Library |
Michigan State Parks Orchard Beach State Park |
Motels, Hotels and Resorts Cobi Pines Golf and Resort | Hillside Motel |
Retirement Harbor Village |
Wildlife Viewing Ginger Brandy Charters |

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02/03 Coming to The area
MorelFest Boyne City MI May16-19 Each May, Boyne City fills with hundreds of mushroom lovers from around the country who come seeking that elusive delicacy-the marvelous morel.
Beer Barons World of Beer Festival Milwaukee WI June1 Tired of beer festivals where you spend more time in line waiting for a beer than you do tasting them? Welcome to a small beer festival.
Darboy Chickenfest Darboy WI June21-23 Free entertainment. Chicken dance contests with prizes. Pizza eating contest.
National Cherry Festival Traverse City MI June29-July6 The Grand Traverse region, known for its world-record tart cherry harvest, bursts with visitors eager to savor the flavor of cherries tucked into everything imaginable.
Festa Italiana Milwaukee WI July19-21 Enjoy all new and exciting entertainment, a variety of wines and spirits, Italian heritage and fun attractions for all to enjoy. Benvenuto!
National Baby Food Festival Freemont MI July18-21 Show is rain or shine, no lawn chairs, no coolers, no strollers, no smoking or alcohol.