Along with the great variety of birding habitats and extensive public access, the northwest region of Michigan’s lower peninsula offers many recreation possibilities for nearly everyone’s tastes.
Historically, the shoreline counties have been known for its many cherry and apple orchards. More recently vineyards and the wine industry have continued to expand. The regional white wines excel, especially the Rieslings, the local champagne styles and the ice wine. Wineries and tasting rooms abound.
Sport fishing is special, in Lake Michigan’s deep water for salmon, steelhead or big browns, or in one of the many inland lakes for bass or walleye, plus fly fishing on recognized blue ribbon trout streams. Deep water charters, boat rentals and guide services are easily available.
Golf choices are plentiful including the noted Arcadia Bluffs course sitting astride M-22. A course with a Scottish feel perched high above Lake Michigan the view is breathtaking for golfers or for a birders lunch as well.
Boating, including rides on a top sail schooner, water sports of all kinds and even hot air ballooning are offered locally.