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. Whispering forests with trails and pathways offer unparalleled year-round opportunities for vacations, day-trips, reunions and quiet breaks from city life. Cedarville and Hessel, historic Upper Peninsula port towns with marinas and waterfront vistas, have unusual gift and craft-making shops, galleries, an outfitter and guide service, boat building school, and places to eat and kick-back within walking distance from docks.

The Islands | Things to See

NEW! Aldo Leopold Festival in Les Cheneaux

Les Cheneaux welcomes you to celebrate the legacy of Aldo Leopold— one of America’s most influential naturalists— during a new festival being launched the weekend of June 19-21, 2015. A weekend of activities, including a ferry boat cruise, hiking trips, an island boat race and picnic, birding trip, kayak excursions, a bicycle trip, scavenger hunt, a showing of the Leopold bio-pic Green Fire, and other Leopold-related activities are being planned for Friday through Sunday. The weekend’s events will culminate in the unveiling of the new Aldo Leopold historical marker— the first official Michigan historical marker 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

Les Cheneaux Area Events 2015-2016

 

April
April 17: Spring Wine Dinner, 5:30 pm, Les Cheneaux Culinary School, Hessel
April 20: Making Perogies with Betty Jones, 6:00 pm- 8:00 pm, Les Cheneaux Culinary School, Hessel
Late April-May 13: Beatification Committee taking orders for geraniums and flags

May
May 15-25: Islands Wildlife Pike Fishing Contest, Les Cheneaux Islands
May 23: Les Cheneaux Historical and Maritime Museums open for the season
May 24: Beautification Committee’s Flag and Geranium Delivery Day, 8 am-12 pm, Islands Inn Motel, Cedarville

June
June 14: Flag Day Celebration, 1 pm, Les Cheneaux Historical Museum, Cedarville
June 15-20: Northeaster Dory Boat Building Class, 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Great Lakes Boat Building School, Cedarville
June 16-17: Metal Castings Workshop, 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Great Lakes Boat Building School, Cedarville
June 18: Nature Walk with Pat Wilson 10 am, meet at Cedarville Foods, Cedarville
June 19-21: Aldo Leopold Celebration and Park Dedication, Cedarville
June 20: Paddle Making, 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Great Lakes Boat Building School, Cedarville
June 22-27: Eastport Pram Boat Building Class, 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Great Lakes Boat Building School, Cedarville
June 22-27: Passagemaker Dinghy Class, 9:00 am-5:00pm, Great Lakes Boat Building School, Cedarville
June 23: Speaker Series, Carol Duncan and music of the past with Floyd and Nancy Lamoreaux, 7 pm, Les Cheneaux Historical Museum, Cedarville
June 25-26: Wood Tool Making, 8:00am-4:00 pm, Great Lakes Boat Building School, Cedarville
June 26-27: Shaker Oval Box Basics Workshop: Great Lakes Boat Building School, Cedarville

July
July 1: Les Cheneaux Islands Association Book Club, 10:00 am, Book Idiom, Hessel
July 3: Whitefish Dinner at Les Cheneaux Community School, Cedarville
July 3: Music at the Maritime, Beach Chickens, 7 pm, Maritime Museum, Cedarville
July 6-11: Annapolis Wherry Class, 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Great Lakes Boat Building School, Cedarville
July 7: Lions Club Blood Drive, 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm, Les Cheneaux Community Center, Cedarville
July 7 & 8: Youth Boating Safety Classes, 6:00 pm- 9:00 pm, First National Bank, Cedarville
July 13-18: Optimist Pram Boat Building Class, 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Great Lakes Boat Building School, Cedarville
July 14-16: Knots and Rigging Workshop, 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Great Lakes Boat Building School, Cedarville
July 15: Les Cheneaux Islands Association Book Club, 10:00 am, Book Idiom, Hessel
July 17: Music at the Maritime, Blue Water Ramblers, 7 pm, Maritime Museum, Cedarville
July 20-25: Skin-on-Frame Kayak Class, 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Great Lakes Boat Building School, Cedarville
July 22: Les Cheneaux Islands Association Book Club, 10:00 am, Book Idiom, Hessel
July 24: LCCF Cruise through the channels
July 27-29: Marine Finishes and Finishing Workshop, 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Great Lakes Boat Building School, Cedarville
July 27-August 1: Shearwater Kayak Class (Session I), 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Great Lakes Boat Building School, Cedarville
July 27-August 1: Wood Duck Kayak (Session I), 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Great Lakes Boat Building School, Cedarville
July 29: Les Cheneaux Islands Association Book Club, 10:00 am, Book Idiom, Hessel
July 30: Speaker’s Series, Wood Smoke Jim and River Lark Mary, 7 pm, Les Cheneaux Historical Museum, Cedarville
July 30-August 1: Waterfront Photography Workshop, 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Great Lakes Boat Building School, Cedarville

August
August 2- November 1: Les Cheneaux Islands Association Trailer for Food Pantry, located at Coldwell Banker parking lot in Cedarville
August 3-7: Introduction to Classic Hand Tool Woodworking Workshop, 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Great Lakes Boat Building School, Cedarville
August 4 & 5: Youth Boating Safety Classes, 6-9 pm, First National Bank in Cedarville
August 5: Music at the Maritime, Ben Gulder and Marty Feldake, 7 pm, Maritime Museum, Cedarville
August 8: Lions Club Pancake Breakfast, 7:00 am- 11:00 am, Boat Show, Hessel
August 8: Les Cheneaux Antique Wooden Boat Show & Festival of Arts, Hessel
August 10-15: Kaholo Paddleboard Workshop, 9:00 am- 5:00 pm, Great Lakes Boat Building School, Cedarville
August 12: Les Cheneaux Islands Association Book Club, 10:00 am, Village Idiom in Hessel
August 17: LCHA Annual Meeting, 7 pm, Les Cheneaux Historical Museum, Cedarville
August 24: LCHA Volunteer Luncheon, Les Cheneaux Historical Museum, Cedarville
August 24-29: Petrel and Petrel Play SG Kayaks Workshop, 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Great Lakes Boat Building School, Cedarville
August 26: Les Cheneaux Islands Association Book Club, 10:00 am, Village Idiom in Hessel

September
September 6: LCHA Raffle drawings, 2 pm Quilt drawing, Les Cheneaux Historical Museum, 3 pm Canoe drawing, Maritime Museum, Cedarville
September 7-12: Shearwater Kayak (Session II) Workshop, 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Great Lakes Boat Building School, Cedarville
September 7-12: Wood Duck Kayak (Session II) Workshop, 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Great Lakes Boat Building School, Cedarville
September 12: Les Cheneaux Historical & Maritime Museums close for the Season

December
December 5: Lions Club Breakfast with Santa, 8:00 am- 10:00 am, Cedar Cove, Cedarville

 

Weekly Events

Wednesdays
July 1-August 5: Artist of the Week, Noon-3 pm, Les Cheneaux Historical Museum, Cedarville

Thursdays
June-October: Pickford Farmers Market, 4-6 pm, Pickford

Fridays
July-October: Les Cheneaux Farmers Market, 4-7 pm, 29 W. M-134 Hessel (next to the Wooden Door Antique Shop)

Saturdays
All Year: Story & Craft Time at Les Cheneaux Community Library, 10:30 am, Cedarville

 

 

2016 Events

July
July 3: Whitefish Dinner at Les Cheneaux Community School, Cedarville

August
August 12: Les Cheneaux Car Show, Cedarville
August 13: Les Cheneaux Antique Wooden Boat Show & Festival of Arts, Hessel

February
February 11-14: Snowsfest, Hessel

 

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