ResponsibilitiesThe City of Manistee has some of the finest parks and recreational facilities around, encompassing over 180 acres. The City Parks Department is responsible for maintaining all of the city’s parks, park facilities, the Riverwalk and beaches. Summer is an especially busy time for the department, when the demands of growing grass and summer traffic necessitate the hiring of a seasonal crew to meet the demand for maintenance. The department strives to maintain city parks to the greatest degree possible and is constantly addressing areas that need repair or attention.
Park SystemThe city has an extensive, well maintained park system. See Park Rules and Regulations.
- Arthur Street Marina
- Douglas Recreation Area / First Street Beach / Lighthouse Park
- Duffy Park
- Fifth Avenue Beach
- Mack Park (Golden Acres Park)
- Man-Made Lake
- Morton Park
- Municipal Marina
- Ninth Street Boat Launch
- North Beach Access Park
- Red Szymarek Park
- Rietz Park
- Sands Park
- South Riverwalk
- Veterans Memorial Park/North Riverwalk
BeachesThe City has two beaches on with breathtaking views of Lake Michigan. Douglas Park is the largest recreation facility in the City and is home to First Street Beach. The south riverwalk that runs along the Manistee River Channel connects the park to beautiful Historic Downtown Manistee.
Fifth Avenue Beach is home to the Manistee North Pierhead Lighthouse which is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. The Lighthouse has one of the four remaining catwalks on Lake Michigan. The Manistee County Historical Museum is in charge of fundraising and restoration of the Lighthouse. Lake Michigan frontage connects Fifth Avenue Beach to North Beach Access Park. You can see what is happening at the beaches by checking out the beach cams.
Boat LaunchesThe City of Manistee operates three boat launches.
- First Street
- Arthur Street
- Ninth Street
This money is earmarked for repair, maintenance and improvements to the facility and compliance is enforced by the Manistee Police. Please remember to pay for and support these fine facilities!
The city takes great pride in its boat launches. Collectively, they are the best facilities on the west side of Michigan. The First Street launch is constantly being upgraded and improved. Recent work included widening skid piers.
In 2010, the city completely renovated the Arthur Street launch. The addition of an accessible fishing pier makes this a great asset for the whole area. Finally, the Ninth Street launch is proposed for a makeover once grant funding can be secured.