The North Coast Region runs along 25 miles of Lake Michigan Shoreline in Manistee County and is the perfect location for those looking to get away from the hustle and bustle to enjoy their restful retreat.
Life on the North Coast
Enjoy the relaxing coastal vibe of the North Coast Region of Manistee County. This region is comprised of three small communities: Arcadia, Onekama and Bear Lake, each offering a charming selection of family-owned shops and restaurants, farm stands, diverse waterways, and quaint, small-town appeal.
Choose the North Coast Region and get ready for toes in the sand, the soothing sound of waves as they meet the shoreline, abundant opportunities for paddling, boating or fishing, epic sunsets, and a neighborly welcome that will make you feel right at home.
Experience the North Coast
At Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club, Stephen MacNeil, a Scottish bagpiper in full regalia, offers his one-of-a-kind greeting to twilight an hour before sunset on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings from June through September, weather permitting. Pull up a lawn chair, grab a cocktail, and watch the sun dip down to the shoreline while being serenaded by bagpipe. It is an experience not to be missed!
Manistee County has two popular artesian wells which have been enjoyed by locals and visitors for many years. These two water sources are considered to produce some of the purest water in the county, Old Facefull near Pierport, north of Onekama and Portage Point Well, located at the corner of M-22 and Portage Point Drive.
Driving north through Manistee County on the beautiful Scenic Highway M-22, you will find yourself “on top of the county” when you reach the Arcadia Overlook. Climb 120 steps (a little over 80 vertical feet) and you will find yourself perched on the highest point in Manistee County, 370′ above the shoreline. Take time to pause, reflect and enjoy the simple beauty of Manistee County’s natural landscape.
North Coast Community Features
Located just a short drive north of Manistee on the scenic M22 corridor, Arcadia offers abundant natural beauty to explore around every corner. Each season bring another way to experience Northern Michigan’s great outdoors. From forest floors blanketed in trillium in the spring to the rich autumn hues of fall, and un-crowded beaches in summer Arcadia provides an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Come discover quiet coastal living on the shoreline of Lake Michigan.
Follow M22 north from Manistee and you will find yourself in the charming two-lakes town of Onekama. Bordered by Portage Lake and Lake Michigan, this cozy lakeshore community offers all of the benefits of coastal village living, with family-friendly parks, sandy beaches, breathtaking sunsets, friendly neighbors, and convenient small-town amenities you will want to make it your home.
Top Spots on the North Coast
An old fashioned ice cream parlor serving delicious hard & soft ice cream, sundaes, malts, shakes, ice cream sodas, the works! Adjacent to the delightful Lily Pad Gift Shop with clothing, jewelry and more.
MacBeth & Co. in Onekama is rich with sleek, crisp, and colorful offerings. You will find many upscale and distinctive products often one-of-a-kind and always selected with care. Your shopping experience at MacBeth & Co. will be memorable, entertaining, and successful!
Offering distinctive, casual, lakeside dining since 1994. Located in a historic 1920’s resort on M-22 in Onekama, the restaurant overlooks gorgeous Portage Lake and its channel to Lake Michigan. Our menu features fresh fish, steaks, chicken, pasta and locally grown fruits and vegetables. In addition to our fresh-made entrees, we offer weekly featured items, homemade soups, specialty appetizers, our popular sauces and dressings, and at least a dozen delectable dessert options daily. We have a complete bar with a large selection of beer, wine, top shelf spirits and specialty martinis.
Arcadia Ice House
MacBeth & Co.
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