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Arcadia is a city in Northern Michigan.

Get in[edit]

There are many ways into town. Lake Arcadia is connected to Lake Michigan and offers travelers by boat for a comfortable place to dock and stay a while.

There is a small airport located in Frankfort, about 12 miles north of town, for those that prefer to fly their own aircraft.

Most visitors tend to travel in via car and a simple search on MapQuest or Google maps will show the best route from your home.

Get around[edit]

The best way to get around town in Arcadia is either by foot or by bike. The town is quite small and scenic, so unless you have a disability, you will more than likely be compelled to get around without the car. You will, however, need a vehicle to get to the nearest towns (Frankfort, Bear Lake, Onekama, et cetera) for groceries and supplies not available in Arcadia.


The place worth visiting in Arcadia is the Arcadia Historical Museum - run by volunteers, it is one of the best run facilities describing the history of a town that I've seen! If you have Manistee county relatives who may have lived in the area, you can find out about them here. We bought a house in this town and had no idea that one of my relatives had been a caretaker of some property just south of Arcadia lake! The Arcadia Historical museum is very low key in asking for donations (ie.. they don't) but just the same, if you visit, throw in the bowl what you think the visit is worth. The museum features old yearbooks, maps, and photos. It has exhibits dedicated to Henry Starke, Harriet Quimby, and other historical figures of Arcadia's rich past.

Contact Info: +1 231 889-4360

Arcadia Area Historical Society

Box 67

Arcadia, MI 49613



The par 3 12th hole at Chestnut Hills Golf Course

Arcadia has two golf courses. The first being the nationally renowned Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course, built in 1999 in the south of the township. The second is the unheralded, yet challenging Chestnut Hills Golf Course which is just west of town. Chestnut Hills is a very charming "mom and pop" owned course. You will enjoy chatting with Doug (owner) and you will occasionally be paid a visit by Elvis, the family dog.

Christian Retreat

Camp Arcadia, a Lutheran family retreat center founded in 1922, draws thousands of visitors each year.

Arcadia Daze

Each year the Arcadia Lions Club sponsors Arcadia Daze, a community celebration and fund raiser that is held the 3rd weekend in July.

Nature Preserves / Hiking

Recently, the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy purchased land and opened very nice nature preserves with hiking trails north of town. The Arcadia Dunes: The C.S. Mott Nature Preserve (3,000 acres), The Upper Herring Lake Nature Preserve (163 acres), Green Point Dunes Nature Preserve (240 acres), and The Fruithaven Nature Preserve (176 acres) provide hikes that range from easy to difficult and all offer views that are breathtaking.

The view at the end of one of the hiking trails at Green Point Dunes.


Lake Michigan: The town runs a public beach. Clean up after yourself and keep the dogs on a leash and you won't disturb the beauty. Lake Michigan is always a fairly cold water lake, but in late July-August water temperatures are most desirable. Lake Arcadia is an option for swimming, but most opt not to due to it's proximity to the bluer, Lake Michigan. There is also a very small public beach on Lake Michigan in the unincorporated community of Pierport, which is 5 miles to the south of Arcadia. Some people choose to swim at the South pier. Just south of Arcadia, the land is owned by Amway, and they frown upon trespassers.


Lake Arcadia boasts relatively good fishing for a variety of fish. Bluegill, Rock Bass, Perch, Northern Pike, Freshwater Drum, and Smallmouth bass are plentiful year round. There are certain times of year that salmon and trout from Lake Michigan head into Lake Arcadia, too. At one time, Lake Arcadia held the North American record for the largest Brown Trout. It still holds the state record.

There is a public fishing dock in town in addition to an area around the M22 bridge that provide adequate places to fish without a boat. There is a public (free) boat launch and a nicer launch with a dock that charges a nominal fee to launch there. Boat rentals are available at the local campground in town as well as numerous opportunities to go on a charter trip out to Lake Michigan.

Five miles north of town are Upper and Lower Herring lakes. Lower Herring lake has earned the nickname "Walleye Lake", due to it's reputation for fantastic walleye fishing

Gravity Hill

One of the few gravity hills in Michigan is in Arcadia at the intersection of Putney and Joyfield Roads. Park at the bottom of the hill by the white church on Putney road, put the car in neutral and watch your call roll "uphill".


You can buy Arcadia souvenirs at the Arcadia Marine and Lilly Pad Gift Shop as well as a fishing license, fishing gear, bait, and boat supplies here. Attached to the gift shop is an ice cream shop that has phenomenal ice cream and home made waffle cones. You will not be disappointed if you make a stop here!

Next door to the Arcadia Marine and Lilly Pad Gift Shop is the town's only gas station. Full service gas is still alive here as an attendant will happily pump for you. Inside of the gas station you can purchase chips/snacks, hotdogs, coffee, and select M22 memorabilia.


Well first, the M-22 Cafe (formally known as the Northwood Cafe) does an excellent breakfasts & lunches, open from 8AM to 2 PM daily and weekends serving dinner until 8 PM, with extended hours during the summer. During Arcadia Daze the Arcadia Lions put on a great pancake breakfast,

and lets not forget the old place "The Big Apple" had very good burgers and probably the best deal is the chicken Caesar salad - real bacon, lots of chicken. Given current circumstances with the health inspector, I would avoid the Big Apple until it is under new ownership. The place looks like a dive from the outside and isn't much better on the inside - Such a shame considering how fantastic this place once was!

Update 6/3/09 The Big Apple Bar is currently for sale. Secondly, head across the street to the Marina/GiftShop/Ice Cream Shop for really great ice cream and the latest in Arcadia gossip!



Go next[edit]

Routes through Arcadia
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