Work will always be there. You need a chance to get away. So Menominee County lets you put family first in your life. Slow down. Rent a cottage and contemplate authentic, unspoiled beauty. Enjoy the water. Shop. Explore the past. Spend a week and you’ll want to come back. We promise.
Find out why they call Menominee County, “Where the Best of Michigan Begins.” As soon as you cross the border you’ll see all the reasons so many people are drawn here, from boaters and winter sport enthusiasts to antique hunters, history lovers, casino gamers and others.
Launch your boat in the Menominee River or Green Bay and enjoy some of the area’s best boating, fishing, water skiing … whatever your passion. Whitewater raft, canoe or swim in the river. Fish the bay or river year-round. Or just relax and soak up some sun on one of our Lake Michigan beaches.
Visit in winter to witness the excitement of ice boating as sailboats fitted with runners whiz across the ice in the bay. You can also snowmobile, snowshoe or cross-country ski.
Double your Fun
Great Lakes Memorial Marina Photo credit: Upper Limits Media
Head to downtown Menominee and stroll the historic district and waterfront. Bring a lunch and relax in Great Lakes Memorial Marina Park, which features a beautiful marina and events such as auto shows, Thursday-night summer concerts on Stephenson Island and the four day Waterfront Festival in early August. Shop downtown art galleries for stained glass, jewelry and garden art. This charming hub enjoys a perfect location. Wave to the Wisconsin neighbors just across the Menominee River in Marinette with its quaint downtown and more shopping. For even more to see and do, the city of Green Bay is only an hour away.
Morning Light and Hidden Rapids
Menominee Light Photo credit: Tom Jones Photo
Dating back to 1927, the Menominee North Pier Light is a must-see during your travels. The first floor offers historical photos of the light, while the more intrepid can climb the 34-foot tower for a gulls-eye view of ships on sparkling Green Bay, with Chambers Island and Door County in the distance. On blustery days, waves spray across the jetty. Grab coffee on the run, because early risers will be rewarded with the first blush of sunrise behind the red lighthouse. Round out your visit with a walk on the beach. Rock hunters will discover sea glass treasure hidden along the shore.
When you’re ready for outdoor adventure, hit the trail and follow the sound of thundering water to Pemene Falls. Tucked away in a remote location away from the crowds, Pemene Falls is actually a series of rushing rapids that is located between Michigan and Wisconsin. Follow a leafy trail down rustic wooden steps to an overlook where you can enjoy views at the end of a gorge. Take in the sight of rapids tumbling through granite, creating white water rafting chutes so treacherous as to have earned the name “Cannibal.”
Time stands still at the IXL Historical Museum in Hermansville. Originally built in 1882 as the office for the Wisconsin Land & Lumber Company, it predates the town itself. Original glassware, books, children’s toys, … even the business ledgers and office machines are exactingly preserved, allowing you to inhabit a time when the region was young and timber built the town.
Gaming & Golf
Sweetgrass Golf Course Photo credit: @selaneegolf
Head up to Harris and try your luck at the luxurious Island Resort & Casino. Whether it’s the games, the nightlife or the pull of multiple dining destinations, you will enjoy an unforgettable stay at the resort. While you’re there, get in a round at the championship-caliber Sweetgrass Golf Club which features a park-like setting. All Menominee County courses enjoy the unique natural features of this particular region.