(34 Miles from St. Igance)

Les Cheneaux Culinary School

In the Fall of 2011, driven by important needs for their community, a small group of both summer and year-round residents began developing a unique concept in culinary education that ideally suited the Les Cheneaux Islands area and the Eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Woods & Water Ecotours

Woods and Water Ecotours offers authentic, natural and cultural experiences for the worldly explorer. Trips are based in the Eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan, with an emphasis on Islands. Hiking, biking, sea kayaking, arts and cultural excursions. We provide day trips, custom trips, specialized packages, organize recreational business retreats.

Hessel Beach Park

Township park. Offers free parking, swimming beach and public restrooms. An excellent access point for canoes and kayaks for paddlers who are headed out to Land Trust Conservancy Marquette Island preserves. Located on Lake Street about 1/10 mile west of S. Pickford Ave. (3-mile Road).

Annual Antique Wooden Boat Show - 2nd weekend in August

The Les Cheneaux Islands Antique Wooden Boat Show is held each year in the beautiful Upper Peninsula town of Hessel, Michigan. Some of the country’s finest boats call our rustic Les Cheneaux Islands home. Most of these boats are used daily during the summer months as a primary mode of transportation to and from the cottages dotting the area’s 36 sheltered islands. Les Cheneaux has a rich heritage in boat building and repair. Our craftsmen continue to offer some of the finest restoration and repair services available.
Entries in the boat show arrive each August from as far as California and Florida and include dinghies, rowboats, canoes, launches, sailboats, utilities, runabouts, large cruisers, racers and classic non-wood.

Kewadin Casino

Kewadin Casinos Hessel is located three miles from the beautiful Les Cheneaux Islands on Lake Huron. This quaint location offers our guests Vegas-style gaming including 120 of the latest slots. A deli and Northern Rewards Players Club membership are also available.
A beautiful wooded cabin is available for guests to stay overnight, a whole week, even for a month! Hotel accommodations can be made at the Comfort Inn of Cedarville, which is only five miles to the west of the casino. Area activities include golfing, boating, fishing, and snowmobiling.

Search Bay and St. Martin Hiking & Ski Trail

Two easy, groomed cross-country ski loops in a figure-eight pattern, 1 1/2 miles each, go through the woods and wetlands at the base of the little peninsula going out to St. Martin’s Point. From the trailhead a little south of M-134, the first loop starts in frozen cedar swamps, then comes up to a spruce and balsam woods broken with occasional wildlife openings of aspen – the same habitat of the second loop, which is basically dry in summer. The second loop also makes a pleasant hiking trail that offers a good chance of seeing deer, grouse, bald eagles, hawks, and perhaps even a porcupine or bear. Get there by going down Forest Road 3436. Hikers should take the trail where the second loop crosses the road twice.