Forest & Woodland
Manton lies within 3 miles of both the Pere Marquette State Forest to the north and the Manistee National Forest to the southwest. The relatively rural area abounds with deer, small game, and waterfowl. The spring time offers morel mushrooms and fall gives beautiful color to view.
Lakes & Rivers
Lake Billings is nestled in the City of Manton and provides fishing, swimming beaches, boating, canoeing and campgrounds. Lake Billings Park has both primitive sites for tent campers and non-primitive sites for those who rough it in RVs and motor homes. For more information on the lake or the campground contact Ruth or Jack Jeffers, phone (231) 824-6454 or (231) 824-3572 Monday – Friday. There are several local streams feeding the Manistee River system, which crosses US-131 approximately 6 miles north of Manton. There are state campgrounds on the Manistee River, with tubing, canoeing and wildlife watching.
Manton Pathway and Gardens
The Manton Pathway and Garden is located ¼ mile north of US-131 and M-42 intersection, Then west on Cedar St. next to the Dairy Bar. The Manton Pathway and Garden is a 1-1/2 mile nature walk. You will see anything from birds to small animals. There are bridges to cross and benches staggered along the trails. Manton Pathway and Gardens is open year round Monday- Sunday 8:00 am to 8:00pm. Admission is Free.
Snowmobiling and Cross Country Skiing
It is not an exaggeration to say that you can snowmobile and ski right outside your back door. Snowmobile trails crisscross Wexford County throughout the City of Manton. The City has designated trails for safe passage. The snowmobile trail just north of Manton is easy to get to. The trail follows all the way to the Big Mac Bridge, and has some of the most scenic views in the state. Snowmobile Trail maps are available at www.michiweb.com/snowmobile/maps
The state-hiking trail that crosses the state is just north of the Manistee River and it will follow the for quite some ways. There are also ATV trails that parallel the snowmobile trails, which use the same trail heads.
In addition to the hunting, fishing, snow sports and river activities, the community offers tennis courts and summer basketball. We have one of finest 18 hole golf courses in state, Emerald Vale.
Festivals & Events
On Memorial weekend the Manton Chamber of Commerce puts on a car show, which started out with just a few entries and, over the years, has grown to over 100 cars and trucks. The same weekend there is also an artist arts and craft show. Read More
What started as a Labor Day Field Day in the 1920’s has become Manton’s largest event. The Manton Harvest Festival, held over Labor Day weekend each year, includes one of the largest parades for a small town in Michigan. Events include the Rotary Chicken BBQ, Manton Consolidated Schools Alumni Dinner saluting graduates of one year by another year’s graduates, an arts and craft show and sale, heavy horse pull, Firemen pancake breakfast, and lots of country music.
More fun things to do and see – Calendar of events