Unparalleled. Historic. Authentic Beauty

The Les Cheneaux area lies east of the Mackinac Bridge along the northern shore of Lake Huron. Thirty-six islands provide sheltered channels and bays within the Straits of Mackinac – a historic harbor area for boaters and explorers. Towering forests with trails and pathways offer unparalleled year-round opportunities for vacations, day-trips, reunions and quiet breaks from city living. Cedarville and Hessel, historic Upper Peninsula port towns with marinas, have unusual gift and craft-making shops, galleries, an outfitter and guide service, and places to eat within walking distance from docks.

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Aldo Leopold in Les Cheneaux

Aldo Leopold, a legendary giant in the conservation world, is most associated with his work in Wisconsin and the southwest. But as a young boy, Leopold and his family spent their summers on Marquette Island in Les Cheneaux.

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The Niagara Escarpment

Les Cheneaux is part of the Niagara Escarpment– a crescent shaped limestone arch that runs from the Niagara region of New York State and Eastern Ontario, through northern Lake Huron and Lake Michigan, to northern Wisconsin.

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Upcoming Events

July 15: Storyteller Pete Griffin, 7 pm, Les Cheneaux Community Library
July 16: Fun with Photography-Linda Henderson, 4:30 pm, Les Cheneaux Arts Council Center
July 16-17: Papermaking with Artist Diana Grenier, 10 am, Les Cheneaux Arts Council Center
July 18: Silk Scarf Painting with Artist Barb Landen, 9 am, Les Cheneaux Arts Council Center
July 18-20: Waterfront Photography Class, 9 am – 5 pm, Great Lakes Boat Building School, Cedarville
July 19: Fireman’s Ball, 8 pm, Cedarville Community Center
July 19: Music by the Blue Water Ramblers, 7 pm, Les Cheneaux Maritime Museum
July 20: Music and Art Dockside, Hessel Marina and Park Area, downtown Hessel
July 21: Create a Fysh Class with Artist Linda Sattler, 10 am, Les Cheneaux Arts Council Center
July 21-26: Sassafras Canoe Building Class, 9 am – 5 pm, Great Lakes Boat Building School, Cedarville
July 22: Made In Michigan Program, 3:30 pm, Les Cheneaux Community Library
July 22: Make Your Own Body Butter with Artist Diane Keighley, 10 am, Les Cheneaux Arts Council Center
July 23: Crystal and Pearl Bracelet Making Class with Artist Teri Empey, 9 am, Les Cheneaux Arts Council Center
July 24: Dinosaur Day with Paleojoe, 10 am, Les Cheneaux Community Library
July 24: Collage Making Class with Artist Diana Grenier, 10 am, Les Cheneaux Arts Council Center
July 26: Red Willow Birch Bark Picture Frame Class with Artist Bob Causley, 3 pm, Les Cheneaux Arts Council Center
July 28: Adventures in Origami 1 Workshop with Artist Fran Moye, 12 pm, Les Cheneaux Arts Council Center
July 28-August 1: Split Bamboo Rod Making Class, 9 am – 5 pm, Great Lakes Boat Building School, Cedarville
July 29: Introduction to Marbling on Paper with Artist Heidi M. Finley, 10 am, Les Cheneaux Arts Council Center
July 29: Family Scavenger Hunt with the Pickford Historical Society
July 30: Quilled Birch Bark Tray with Sweet Grass Class with Artist Ron Paquin, 9 am, Les Cheneaux Arts Council Center
July 31: Introduction to Pastel Painting with Artist Diana Grenier, 10 am, Les Cheneaux Arts Council Center

August
August 1-21: Les Cheneaux Arts Council Art Show, Cedarville Lodge
August 2: Polymer Clay Wine Glass Class with Artist Kate Otstot, 12 pm, Kate Otstot’s Studio in Hessel
August 4: Adventures in Origami 2 with Artist Fran Moye, 12 pm, Les Cheneaux Arts Council Center
August 4-8: Introduction to Classic Hand Tool Woodworking Class, 9 am – 5 pm, Great Lakes Boat Building School, Cedarville
August 5: Speaker Series-Chris Smith, 7 pm, Les Cheneaux Maritime Museum
August 6: Prelude to the Boat Show, 7 pm, Les Cheneaux Maritime Museum
August 6: Express Yourself! (Re-Inventing Greeting Cards) with Artist Norma Hinton, 9 am, Les Cheneaux Arts Council Center
August 6: Quilled Birch Bark Wall Pocket Class with Artist Ron Paquin, 9 am, Les Cheneaux Arts Council Center
August 6: Clay Workshop with Artist Linda Schepperly, Nancy Stuhler, and Kate Otstot Session 1, 9 am, Cedarville High School
August 8: Whitefish and BBQ Chicken Dinner, 5 pm, Cedarville High School
August 8: Les Cheneaux’s 2nd Annual Classic Car Show, 11 am, Downtown Cedarville
August 8: Les Cheneaux Classic Boat Auction, 3 pm, Les Cheneaux Maritime Museum
August 9: Lions Club Pancake Breakfast, 7 am, Mertaugh Boat Works Storage Building
August 9: 37th Annual Antique Wooden Boat Show and Festival of Arts, 10 am, Downtown Hessel
August 10: Boat Show Afterglow Artist Reception & Open House, Kilponen Studio, Hessel
August 11-16: Cocktail Class Racer Building Class, 9 am – 5 pm, Great Lakes Boat Building School, Cedarville
August 12: Gourding is for the Birds Class with Artist Clarlyn Ledy, 12 pm, Les Cheneaux Arts Council Center

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