Les Cheneaux Islands
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Les Cheneaux Islands Welcome Center
Hwy. M - 134
PO Box 422
Cedarville, MI 49719
In Michigan’s Eastern Upper Peninsula
Easy to reach. Hard to leave
Where the simple life of yesteryear can yet be found
East of I-75. Exit 359 to M-134
Les Cheneaux (Lay-Shen-O)
Les Cheneaux is rich in historical background. More than three centuries ago the explorers and fur traders used these protected waters in their travels, as we do now for recreation and culture.
The 36 islands, anchored by the villages of Hessel and Cedarville, are your ALL SEASONS VACATION HEADQUARTERS for romantic getaways, great escapes, family adventures, nature retreats on or near thousands of acres of public lands...
- Beaches for sunning and swimming
- Marinas and great waters for boating, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, fishing
- Woods and public lands for biking, hiking, camping, exploring, geo-caching, wildlife and bird watching
- Magnificent fall-color excursions
- A mecca for hunters
- A winter wonderland for snowshoers, dog-sledders, cross-country skiers, ice fisherman
- Galleries of artists, photographers, artisans, and a fiber arts studio
- Fun retail and antique shops
- Museums and a prominent wooden boat building school
- Les Cheneaux Historical and Maritime Museums
- Great Lakes Boat Building School
- Historic Indian Cemeteries
- Fall Color Tour Route
- Lake Huron Circle Tour
- 100 miles of snowmobile trails connecting with the UP Trail System
- 8 Golf Courses within 40 miles
- Kewadin Casino just minutes away
- Gateway to the North Channel and Georgian Bay
- Paved Airport
- Mackinac Island - 35 minutes and a short ferry ride
- Mackinac Bridge and St. Ignace - 35 minutes
- Soo Locks - 45 minutes
- Restaurants & Bars
- Retail Shops & Galleries
- Artists & Artisans
- Charters, Tours, Outfitters
- Golf Courses
- Recreational Rentals
- Public Launches & Docking
Great family destination - child and pet friendly
- Snowfest - President’s Weekend
- Frogfest - Mid-May
- 4th of July Celebration - Cedarville
- Music & Art Dockside - Hessel - 3rd weekend in July
- Antique Wooden Boat Show & Festival of the Arts - 2nd Saturday in August
- Salmon Derby - mid-August
- Hessel Community Pow Wow - mid-August
- Art in the Park - Cedarville - Labor Day Weekend
- Hiawatha Paddling Festival - 2nd weekend in September
Please operate your craft safely and remember these boating laws:
- Boaters shall maintain a distance of 100’ from any dock, raft, buoy, or occupied bathing area or shall not cross within 150’ behind another vessel.
- Observe a maximum speed limit of 55mph.
- The owner of any vessel is personally responsible for damage or injury caused by their wake.
- In congested areas, please maintain low wake.
- Respect Wildlife
Trails are open from December 1 to March 31. Many trails run on private property: Please stay on the trails. Use common sense. Dispose of litter properly. Without the cooperation of these property owners, the trail system would not be possible. Watch for cross country skiers who also use these trails.
Safety of channel ice can vary greatly from day to day. Check local ice conditions before riding on Les Cheneaux waters.
Snowmobiles may be operated on all unplowed Mackinac County roads and to the far right of plowed county roads. Local speed limits must be obeyed. Snowmobiles may be operated on the unplowed portion of state highways.
Trail Conditions: www.msasnow.org
Report trail misuse: 800-292-7800
Les Cheneaux Snowmobile Club: 906-484-2210
Year-Round Hunting and Fishing
Check with the Michigan DNR for detailed season and regulation info at www.michigan.gov/dnr
Report all poaching: 800-292-7800
- Small Game Opener: Mid September (Partridge, Ruffed Grouse, Rabbit)
- Archery (Deer): October 1
- Duck: Early fall
- Firearm (Deer): November 15-30
- Muzzle loading: 1st week in December
- Coyote & Bobcat: All winter
- Pike, Walleye, Musky: May 15 - March 15
- Bass: Open Sat. before Memorial Day through December 31
- Panfish, Yellow Perch, Whitefish, Herring and Smelt: Open all year
- Lake Trout and Splake (Great Lakes): May 1 through September 30
- Salmon and other trout (Great Lakes): Open all year
One of the World’s Last Great Places
The Les Cheneaux Area is at the very heart of one of the natural "wonders of the world." In 1993, the northern shore of Lake Huron was designated a "Last Great Place" by The Nature Conservancy, a world leader in natural lands conservation. It and Michigan’s Little Traverse Conservancy share a goal with all of us of preserving these natural wonders - the Great Lakes marshes, our coastal waters and nearshore lands, the watershed itself and all of its native plants and animals.
We hope you enjoy your visit to Les Cheneaux, and have time to relax and enjoy the views, parks, nature preserves, plants, animals and natural wonders that make this a truly remarkable place. Welcome!