North Manitou Island Day Trip – Annual “Fun”draiser
Monday, September 9th
$75 for members or $100 for non-members
Fee includes single day group park pass.
Cancellation fee is 50% within 15 days of the trip.
This is a general agenda that outlines the day’s activities and what to expect.
First and foremost, please be aware that although scheduled for Monday, September 9th, this trip will be determined by the weather. High wind or heavy rain (among other conditions!) will cause us to travel on Tuesday, September 10th. The boat captain makes this decision the morning of the trip. We will be riding aboard the MISHE- MOKWA, so definitely bring a jacket and hat if you plan to sit on the top deck!
This event is a fundraiser for the Leelanau Historical Society showcasing the unique history of the Manitou Islands. This trip includes guided tours and hikes, we do not permit independent hiking while on the island. All of the tours require walking at least 1+ mile over rolling terrain and foot paths. Some of the optional guided hikes will be longer. Amenities on the island are primitive, this includes pit toilets and one source of potable water. Unforeseen circumstances do occur that cause us to alter our plans, we kindly ask for your patience and flexibility if we need to change our agenda while on the island. We promise you will have a unique historical experience.
Remember that you must bring your own sandwich. We will provide beverages (water and soft drinks), snacks and cookies. This eases the process in case of cancellation or using the rain date. Cash bar and additional snacks are available for purchase on the boat. If you like, you can contact the Village Cheese Shanty ahead of time to order a sandwich and they will have it ready for you in the morning for pick up. www.villagecheeseshanty.com. 231-256-9141. They have requested that you place your order prior to 3pm the day before the trip.
8:00am – 8:45am: Check-in at the dock.
8:45am: Board the boat and prepare for a fun trip!
9:00am: Depart from Leland Harbor.
10:00am: Arrive on North Manitou Island.
10:00am – 12:30pm: Concurrent Tours
12:30pm – 1:30pm: Lunch in the Village
1:30pm – 4:00pm: Concurrent Tours
4:00pm-5:30pm: Return to Leland
We should return to Leland no later than 6:30pm (if not earlier).
Parking: You may park in the Leelanau Historical Society lot (and nearby) at 203 E. Cedar Street, which is behind the Old Art Building and next to the Leland Library. (A couple of blocks walk to the dock.) There may be spaces available near the dock. To find the Manitou Island Transit dock at Leland Harbor, cross the bridge and turn left at W. River Street, immediately after the Leland Mercantile. You will see signs for Fishtown and the ferry.
Dress: Good walking shoes/boots are essential; dress in layers and include a light jacket, depending on the weather. Hats, backpacks, bug spray, sunscreen, or bags come in handy. A watch is recommended.
We have interesting guides and interpreters volunteering their time who will share their knowledge of North Manitou Island. We are fortunate to have Leelanau Historical Society staff and National Park Service staff and volunteers along with us.
If you have questions, please call Francie or Kim at the Leelanau Historical Society at 231-256-7475.