Manitou Islands

Glen Haven, Michigan 49614

Manitou Islands

Manitou Islands Professional Review and Guide

"Two rugged wilderness islands within the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. North and South Manitou Islands are wonderful destinations for intrepid sea kayakers with a taste for solitude and exploration. Indeed, the size and remote location of these rugged islands make them ideal for multi-day or week-long excursions. South Manitou is the more developed and more frequently visited of the two islands, but both hold the promise of peaceful paddling and quiet camping under the stars.

The coastline of South Manitou is shaped like a lobster claw. It features fine sandy beaches, a nineteenth-century lighthouse, and the carcass of an old steel-hulled freighter—the Francisco Morazan—that ran aground in a 1960 storm on the southwest end of the island. Four decades later, Lake Michigan winds still whip through the exposed upper sections of the wreck. The island’s interior, meanwhile, includes the remains of an 1800s-era farm settlement—including an old schoolhouse and cemetery—and miles of hiking trails that wind through picturesque woodlands."

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Glen Haven
Nearby City
Skill Level
Day trip
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
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USGS South Manitou Island, North Manitou Island
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Jul 2018