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

 

 

NEW! Aldo Leopold Festival in Les Cheneaux

Les Cheneaux welcomes you to celebrate the legacy of Aldo Leopold— one of America’s most influential naturalists— during a new festival being launched the weekend of June 19-21, 2015. A weekend of activities, including a ferry boat cruise, hiking trips, an island boat race and picnic, birding trip, kayak excursions, a bicycle trip, scavenger hunt, a showing of the Leopold bio-pic Green Fire, and other Leopold-related activities are being planned for Friday through Sunday. The weekend’s events will culminate in the unveiling of the new Aldo Leopold historical marker— the first official Michigan historical marker 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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area maps and information
Upcoming Events

Les Cheneaux Area Events 2015-2016

July
July 1: Les Cheneaux Islands Association Book Club, 10:00 am, Book Idiom, Hessel
July 4: Fourth of July in Les Cheneaux Celebration – see details on activities, fireworks, parade and more at lescheneaux.net
July 3-4: Summer Makers Market Arts & Crafts Show, 10 am to 3 pm, Community Center, Cedarville
July 3: Whitefish Dinner, 4-7 pm, Les Cheneaux Community School cafeteria, Cedarville
July 3: Farmers & Artisan Market, 4-7 pm, The Marketplace, 2900 W. M-134, Hessel
July 3: Music at the Maritime, Beach Chickens, 7 pm, Maritime Museum, Cedarville
July 6-11: Annapolis Wherry Class, 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Great Lakes Boat Building School, Cedarville
July 7: Lions Club Blood Drive, 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm, Les Cheneaux Community Center, Cedarville
July 7 & 8: Youth Boating Safety Classes, 6:00 pm- 9:00 pm, First National Bank, Cedarville
July 10: Farmers & Artisan Market, 4-7 pm, The Marketplace, 2900 W. M-134, Hessel
July 13-18: Optimist Pram Boat Building Class, 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Great Lakes Boat Building School, Cedarville
July 14-16: Knots and Rigging Workshop, 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Great Lakes Boat Building School, Cedarville
July 15: Les Cheneaux Islands Association Book Club, 10:00 am, Book Idiom, Hessel
July 17: Music at the Maritime, Blue Water Ramblers, 7 pm, Maritime Museum, Cedarville
July 17: Farmers & Artisan Market, 4-7 pm, The Marketplace, 2900 W. M-134, Hessel
July 19: Music & Art Dockside, 11 am, Hessel Marina, downtown Hessel
July 20-25: Skin-on-Frame Kayak Class, 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Great Lakes Boat Building School, 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: 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 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 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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