Les Cheneaux Islands

Les Cheneaux Islands a premier place of water, islands, forests and blue Michigan skies!

The Les Cheneaux Islands begin at the small village of Hessel, Michigan about 12 miles east of I-75 on M-134. The small town of Cedarville is also a town in the middle of the 36 small islands which is further east.

Great Lakes boaters love these Islands for they provide countless bays to anchor off, great swimming beaches and premier fishing spots for days on end.


A great marina for the Les Cheneaux Islands is in Hessel, Michigan. They have available for boaters transient and short term dockage at the EJ Mertaugh Boat Works. You can reach them to make sure you have a spot by calling 906-484-2434.

Kayaking is a popular activity throughout this region. Kathy's family summer cottage is on St. Martins Bay just two miles from the Pine River outside of Hessel. She and friends have kayaked to Hessel on day and overnight trips. It's quite fun and the rocky Lake Huron shoreline provides great birding and scenery. But be sure you understand that these waters are cold and the weather can change quickly. So be prepared and don't do anything reckless.

The name Les Cheneaux is French and means The Channels. There are 36 small islands comprising The Channels with some with beautiful summer homes and many still having the old log boat docks from the late 1800's.

One of the more popular Islands is Government Island which allows primitive camping. It is run by the Hiawatha National Forest. It has beautiful sandy beaches and is a great day trip. Marquette Island is the largest island of the 36.


Insider Tip: Visit the tourism bueau website by clicking here to read more detailed information on rental cabins, campgrounds and restaurants.




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