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Area Activities and Attractions

Trails and Activities

There are many things to do in Cheboygan County year-round, both indoors and outdoors. Below you'll find links to some of the activities you can enjoy:

Trails:

 

Up North Trails - View trails for hiking, snowmobiling, and more.

Heritage Route US-23 - See what activities and attractions are available in the area while traveling US-23.

Michigan Great Lakes Water Trails - View canoeing and kayaking water trails in Northeast Michigan.

Hunting:

During assigned seasons, one can enjoy hunting animals such as deer throughout the area. For more information, please see the links below:

Cheboygan Area Hunting/Fishing

Shooting Ranges

DNR Information

Skating and Recreation Centers:

For those looking for indoor recreation, Cheboygan County offers several rinks and recreation centers for skating, exercise, and several sports. A list of locations is listed below:

Cheboygan Ice Rink

Cheboygan Recreation Center

Cheboygan Youth Center

Mackinaw City Rink and Rec Center

Boating:

The Great Lakes offers boaters beautiful, spacious waters and a plethora of marinas to accommodate their needs. For a list of area marinas, please see below:

Straits State Harbor, Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City Municipal Marina

Cheboygan Municipal Marina

Cheboygan County Marina

Bois Blanc Island Marina

DNR Boating Information

DNR Reservation System

Camping:

Cheboygan County is home to several state parks and forests, perfect for camping. For a map and directory of area parks, please click the link provided here. For more information on camping and reservations, click here.

Golfing:

For golfers, the Cheboygan County area has many great courses available to try your hand at:

Mackinaw Club

Cheboygan Golf and Country Club

Mullet Lake Golf and Country Club

Rippling Rapids Golf Course

Black Lake Golf Club

Indian River Golf Club

Map

Fishing:

The lakes and rivers of Northern Michigan make for great fishing. A river map is available here, and location and general information from the DNR is available here and here respectively.

Local Attractions

Cheboygan County is also host to several local attractions. There are many things to see and experience during your visit, as listed below:

Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park(video Courtesy of US23 Heritage Route Council and NEMCOG)

Jack Pine Lumber Jack Shows: Come and see extraordinary feats as professional lumberjacks hold exciting competitions! Fun for all ages!

Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum: Decommissioned in 2006, this veteran Coast Guard Cutter now resides in Mackinaw City as a museum. Come and tour this magnificent vessel to learn more about the its nautical history!

Mackinaw Crossings: Those who enjoy shopping will find all sorts of unique stores within the Mackinaw Crossings in Mackinaw City. The Crossings shopping district is also host to several dining options, as well as several fun attractions such as nightly laser shows during the summer, a haunted house, mazes, and more!

Lighthouses: Scattered throughout the county are several historic lighthouses, many of which can be visited for tours.

Cross in the Woods National Shrine: Located in Indian River, the Catholic shrine is home to several beautifully impressive statues and memorials, including the titular Cross in the Woods. Join in on masses held throughout the week.

Mackinaw Bridge: Connecting the Upper and Lower Peninsulas, as well as Cheboygan, Emmet, and Mackinac Counties, this impressive bridge is touted as the world's fifth-biggest suspension bridge. A tremendous five miles across, this beautiful bridge has been a key fixture in the area for over fifty years. Each year, the bridge is famous for its annual Labor Day Bridge Walk, which sees thousands of participants crossing the span of the bridge on foot for a breathtaking trek! The Mackinac Bridge has also been featured on the popular TV program Dirty Jobs.