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

September
September 1: Les Cheneaux Historical and Maritime Museums open for the holiday
September 1-6: Northeaster Dory Boat Building Class, 9 am – 5 pm, Great Lakes Boat Building School, Cedarville
September 4-6: 109th Stalwart Agricultural Fair, Stalwart (East of Pickford)
September 13: Free Plant Exchange with Les Cheneaux Beautification Committee, 9 am – 12 pm, Cedarville Community Center
September 27: 3rd Annual Jersey Mud Run, Taylor’s Pit, Cedarville

October
October 2-4: Fall Festival, “Stal-Fest”, Stalwart
October 18: Pickford Fall Fest, Pickford Township Park, Pickford

November
November 1-14: Sign up for Pickford Historical Society’s 50/50 Buck Pole, Pickford Historical Museum
November 5: Les Cheneaux Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner, Meeting and Awards
November 7-8: Pickford Historical Museum Quilt Show, 10 am – 7 pm, Downtown Pickford
November 11: Veterans Day Open House, Pickford Historical Museum, Downtown Pickford
November 15: Opening Day of Deer Season
November 28-30: Les Cheneaux Holiday Festivities, Decorated Tree Auction, Museum Open House, Tree Lightings
November 29: Les Cheneaux Christmas Bazaar, Les Cheneaux Community Schools, Cedarville
November 29: Small Business Saturday – “shop local” event with fun and prizes

December
December: Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides, Northwoods Christian Camp, Pickford
December 6-8: Les Cheneaux Historical Museum Open House and Tree Auction, Cedarville
December 6: Santa’s Run for Beer, begins and ends at the Islander Bar, Hessel
December 7: Breakfast with Santa, Lions Club, free, 7-11 am, Cedar Cove, Cedarville

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