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

Workshops, Classes & Enrichment

 

 

Aldo Leopold in Les Cheneaux

Les Cheneaux welcomes you to celebrate the legacy of Aldo Leopold— one of America’s most influential naturalists— by visiting a place he spent summers in his youth. Les Cheneaux is now home to a historical market honoring Leopold’s time in Les Cheneaux. See the woods and water that surely formed Leopold’s early impressions of the natural world.

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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

July
July 20-25: Skin-on-Frame Kayak Class, 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Great Lakes Boat Building School, Cedarville
July 22: Learn to Bird, 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm, Les Cheneaux Community Library, Cedarville
July 22: Les Cheneaux Islands Association Book Club, 10:00 am, Book Idiom, Hessel
July 24: Les Cheneaux Community Foundation Cruise through the Les Cheneaux channels, visit lescheneauxcommunityfoundation.org
July 24: Farmers & Artisan Market, 4-7 pm, The Marketplace, 2900 W. M-134, Hessel
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: Birding & Your Business, 7-8 pm, Les Cheneaux Community Library, Cedarville
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 6: Les Cheneaux Historical Speaker’s Series: Scott Peters – history of the Hacker-Craft boat, 7 pm, Les Cheneaux 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 9: Boat Show Afterglow Art Social, Noon to 4 pm, Kilponen Studio, Three Mile Road, 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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