This is a nice area for photos without a doubt. You dont even have to be a beach bum to really enjoy this area. The river channel inlet from Lake Michigan has a fantastic little river walk that you can follow all the way into downtown Manistee (about a mile and a half) and once there, you can dine with nice views of the river, riverwalk, and charter boats. Sometimes freighters enter the river channel as well. There is an annual festival at this location each year around the 4th of July and we have attended it 2-3 times and had a real nice time. If you are staying at Orchard Beach State Park, this is a good option to use for swimming if you cannot navigate the somewhat steep stairs at the park....which also has beautiful views of Lake Michigan. Though the locals may take this area for granted, it is a great place to visit if you are a tourist!
As always, be safe and enjoy your travels!
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