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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area maps and information
Upcoming Events

Les Cheneaux Area Events 2015-2016


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
August 28-29: Slammin’ Salmon Derby, Les Cheneaux Islands-wide, based at the Islander Bar and Hessel Marina, Hessel

September 1-7: Chippewa County Agricultural Fair, Chippewa County Fairgrounds, Kinross. More info here!
September 3: A Tribute to Judy Garland, with Mike Dempsey & Friends, 7:30 pm, Soo Theatre, Sault Ste. Marie. Visit sootheatre.org for more info.
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 10-12: 110th Annual Stalwart Agricultural Fair, Stalwart. More info here.
September 12: 5th Annual FREE Plant Exchange by the Les Cheneaux Beautification Committee, 9 am – Noon, Community Center, Cedarville
September 12: Les Cheneaux Historical & Maritime Museums close for the Season – see us during the Christmas holidays for our open house & tree auction!

October 10: Pickford Fall Fest, Glen Gough Memorial Park, Pickford

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


Weekly Events

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

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

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

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



2016 Events

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

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

February 11-14: Snowsfest, Hessel


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