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

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

2015 Snowsfest – “Love is in the Air”

Most activities at tent area in downtown Cedarville, unless otherwise specified. Snowsfest buttons required for all events. Show your button at the tent concessions to receive one FREE hot cocoa or coffee.

Get your Snow Buddies at the Les Cheneaux Welcome Center! Enter your snow sculpture or snow buddy in our decorating contest by calling the Welcome Center at (906) 484-3935 or email lcichamber@lescheneaux.net

Take advantage of Michigan’s FREE FISHING weekend by participating in our Snowsfest Fishing Contest! No license required for fishing on February 14-15

“Where’s Aldo” displays all over town – educational booths will introduce you to one of Les Cheneaux’s most famous cottagers and will announce the June 19-21 Aldo Leopold weekend festival!


Thursday, February 12

8 a.m.: Pike and Perch Fishing Contest Begins (sponsored by Islands Wildlife & Les Cheneaux Chamber of Commerce) through dark on Sunday, Feb. 15. Cash prizes for top three fish in adult and youth divisions, with $100 Grand Prize in adult division for largest pike and perch. $10 adult & $5 kids registration fee. Must register before fishing. Register and measure fish at Cedar Pantry and Hessel Grocery. Winners will be notified by phone on Monday Feb. 16.

4:30 pm – Cardboard Box Sled Races – “Love is in the Air” themed sleds encouraged. At the school sledding hill, at Les Cheneaux Community Schools – use elementary parking lot on Hilltop Drive. ALL ages welcome. Registration from 4:30-5 pm. Racing starts at 5 pm.


Friday, February 13

4-7 pm: Winter Indoor Market at Cedarville Lodge, on M-134 Cedarville. Various vendors will sell their goods inside the conference room at the Lodge. Free admission through the Cedarville Lodge lobby. To sign up as a vendor, call the Lodge at 906.484.2266.

5 pm: Snow Statue and Snow Buddy Judging – Must be registered by 4 p.m. to be judged. Register by calling 484-3935 or email lcichamber@lescheneaux.net. NO window judging – sorry.

1 to 6 pm: Les Cheneaux Community Library Book Sale at the Library on Hodeck Street, Cedarville.

5 pm through Friday evening: Snowsfest Pub Shuffle – visit Bumpa’s, Cattail’s Cove, Hessel Kewadin Casino, Islander Bar, Runway, and Snow’s Bar & Grill to vote on your favorite bar. Ballots are available at each establishment. Must visit all establishments and complete entire ballot for votes to be counted. Themed costumes encouraged! Some establishments close earlier—visit Bumpas’ before 10 pm and Kewadin before 11 pm.

5-7 pm: Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser at Les Cheneaux Community Schools cafeteria, Cedarville. All proceeds support the Cedarville High School and Middle School music program. $6 for adults and $3 for kids 10 and younger.


Saturday, February 14

Events throughout the day at the tent, from 11 am to 2 pm:
– Leader Dog Exhibit and puppies
– Horse Drawn Hay Rides – rides are free, but driver tips are welcome!

7:30 to 11 am: Pancake and Sausage Breakfast – at Les Cheneaux Community Schools cafeteria. Served by Les Cheneaux Snowmobile Club.

8:00 am: BLIZZARD RACE & KID’S KITTY CAT/120 MINI Z RACES – all at Taylor’s Pit, just north of Cedarville off M-129. Turn east into the driveway to Taylor’s Pit. Entrance will be marked. $10 at the gate for a whole day of racing! Registration for ALL races at Taylor’s Pit in the registration tent.

11 a.m.: Ceremonial Snowman Burning & Blessing of Snowsfest – Cedarville Bay downtown waterfront park with Pastor Scout Hester of Les Cheneaux Christian Fellowship

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Les Cheneaux Winter Makers Market Arts and Crafts Show at the Clark Township Community Center, Cedarville

10 a.m. to 3 p.m: Les Cheneaux Community Library Book Sale continues at the Library on Hodeck Street, Cedarville.

11 a.m to 2 p.m.: Hot Dogs and Hot Drinks in the Snowsfest warm-up tent in downtown Cedarville.

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Chili Cook Off: Commercial and Individual divisions. Chili entries must be at the tent between 10:30 am and 11 am. Free entry for cook-off contestants. Tasters buy tickets to vote for favorite chili! Sponsored by First National Bank, Les Cheneaux Branch.

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.: Poker Run Registration in the Snowsfest Tent, downtown Cedarville.

Noon: Kids Games and bouncy house at the Snowsfest Tent, sponsored by Carmeuse Lime & Stone.

2 p.m.: Dog Show – Best trick, best costume and best mastery of obstacles.

2:30 p.m.: Emergency Ice Rescue demonstration – Clark Township Emergency Services, on the Cedarville Bay ice.

3:00 p.m.: Snowshoe Hike at J.A. Woollam Preserve, 7 miles East of Cedarville. Parking area on south side of M-134, enter at green “Welcome” sign. Led by a Nature Conservancy naturalist.

5 p.m to 7 p.m: Poker Run Ends at Bumpas’ on Hodeck Street, downtown Cedarville. Awards to follow.



Sunday, February 15

10-10:45 am: Frosty 5k Run or Walk and 10K Run will start and end at Cattail’s Cove, downtown Cedarville. Proceeds are fundraiser for the Cedarville Trojan Booster Club and Snowsfest. Prize for the best “Love is in the Air.” Race begins at 11 am! $20 entry fee includes lunch and a special participant prize!

Noon to Dusk: Les Cheneaux Sportsman’s Club Open Shoot – you do not have to be a member to shoot. At Sportsman’s Club east of Cedarville, on M-134. (weather dependent)

Noon to 12:30 p.m.: Ice Hole Two Person Golf Scramble Registration at the Islander Bar, Hessel. Shotgun Start @ 1:00 PM on Hessel Bay. Followed by awards at the Islander Bar. $20 Registration with your Snowsfest Button, Great Prizes Awarded!

3 pm: Winter Wonderland Dog Walk – join us for a fun, informal winter dog walk. Goody bags for your pets, hot beverages and great dog socialization. Meet at the Snowsfest tent in downtown Cedarville. Please walk dogs on leashes. Donations to the Friends of the Animals are welcome!

Monday, February 16

Drawing for the Snowsfest Raffle at the Les Cheneaux Welcome Center, 5 pm, Cedarville.

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