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 and Classes in Les Cheneaux

Aldo Leopold Festival 2016 – Celebrating the North Huron Birding Trail

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 marker 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

Summer 2016 Events

Visit the Calendar Page at lescheneaux.net for event dates and times! 


Weekly Events:

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

Les Cheneaux Farmers & Artisans Market, 10 am to 2 pm, Hessel School House, Hessel

Hessel Flea Market at the Marketplace, 10 am to 2 pm, Hessel Marketplace, 2900 W. M-134, Hessel



July 1: Les Cheneaux Lions Club Whitefish Fry, 4-7 pm, Les Cheneaux Community Schools Cafeteria, Cedarville

July 2: 16th Annual 5-Mile Fun Run and Walk Fundraiser for the Cedarville Cross Country Team, 8-9:15 am registration at John Duncan Gymnasium Lobby at Les Cheneaux Community Schools, Cedarville. Race starts at 9:30 am.

July 2: Music at the Maritime Museum with the Beach Chickens, 7 pm, Cedarville

July 3-4: Summer Makers Market Arts & Crafts Show, Community Center, Cedarville

July 3: Les Cheneaux Farmers & Artisans Market, 10 am to 2 pm, Avery Arts & Learning Center at the Hessel School House, Hessel

July 3: Marketplace Flea Market, 10 am to 2 pm, at the Hessel Marketplace, 2900 W. M-134, Hessel

July 4: Les Cheneaux Ambulance Auxiliary Pancake & Sausage Breakfast, 7:30-10:30 am, Clark Township Ambulance & Fire Hall, Cedarville

July 4-5: Summer Makers Market Arts & Crafts Show, 10 am to 3 pm, Community Center, Cedarville

July 4: 4th of July Celebrations, Downtown Cedarville: Parade at 11 am (line-up at 10 am on Grove Street); followed by kids games, craft and Sno-cone tent, dunk tank, carnival games, hot dog concessions, foam treasure hunt and more!

July 4: Great Lakes Boat Building School Open House, noon to 3 pm, at the school building on Meridian Street, Cedarville. Lawn open for fireworks watching in the evening.

July 4: Music in the Park, 6:30 pm, downtown Cedarville Waterfront Park, Hodeck Street, Cedarville. DJ Dance Commander will spin tunes until the fireworks start!

July 4: Jersey Mud Eating Contest, 7 pm, at the Ice Cream Shoppe (behind Dan’s Barber Shop on Hodeck Street, Cedarville) open to everyone.

July 4: Fireworks Over Cedarville Bay, approximately 10:15 pm. View from downtown Cedarville, Great Lakes Boat Building School, Meridian Road.

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