Cheboygan on Lake Huron spans the Cheboygan River and has been an industrial, shipping, and boating port since the 1870’s. The river winds through a quaint historic downtown, numerous neighborhoods, and is the centerpiece of several wonderful dining and shopping experiences. The downtown offers a summer concert series, a music festival, and bridge walk, as well as museums, galleries, boutiques, and dining. The park along Lake Michigan is a lovely venue for an afternoon picnic.
Cheboygan hosts the annual Michigan Waterways Festival where you can take a stroll back to the days when the whole family would head up north for a summer getaway. Dip your feet in the cool, clear waters of the Straits of Mackinaw. Feed your adventurous spirit with a kayak tour of shipwrecks in Duncan Bay, or pack a picnic and sit on the banks of the Cheboygan River and watch the Open Water Challenge Great Lakes Downwind Championship kayak, SUP and paddle board racers cross the finish line in beautiful downtown Cheboygan, the Gateway to the Inland Waterway. The Michigan Waterways Festival celebrates our pristine lakes, rivers and streams, from Lake Huron to Burt Lake and all the connecting waterways between! Enjoy family friendly activities ranging from campfire ghost stories told along the Cheboygan River, to live entertainment in the heart of downtown Cheboygan at Festival Square. Take a tour of the pride of Cheboygan, the USCG Cutter Mackinaw or try your hand at Sidewalk Chalk Art in Washington Park. Come to Cheboygan for the Michigan Waterways Festival, and let us remind you how a laid back up north summer vacation feels!
The Farmer’s Market is every Wednesday in the summer.
Cheboygan is an ideal launch point for a fishing, boating or sailing adventure through the Inland Waterways or to Lake Huron to Duncan bay, Drummond Island, or Mackinaw Island.
Cheboygan Brewery is a restored historic brewery that makes some of the best ale’s anywhere.
In winter, Cheboygan offers miles of snowmobile trails, ice fishing and an ice rink.
The University of Michigan Biological Station (UMBS) was founded in 1909. UMBS students and faculty have been studying environmental change since day one.
UMBS was established on land acquired from lumber barons after virtually all the trees had been cleared. Student and faculty researchers studied the biota of a landscape ravaged by catastrophic logging and subsequent fires, allowing them to learn first-hand how land exploitation impacted the natural environment.
The station’s 10,000-acre property has since been reforested via natural processes. But new environmental challenges have emerged, climate change and invasive species foremost among them. Fortunately, dedicated student and faculty researchers continue to roll up their scientific sleeves at the station, and they do so with an increasingly interdisciplinary approach. Natural historians collaborate with microbiologists, ecologists with climatologists, geologists with atmospheric scientists. These cross-disciplinary interactions – strengths of UMBS – foster a greater understanding of the natural world.
Today, UMBS students engage in and learn about biology and environmental science by studying directly in the field and by developing relationships with some of the world’s most respected experts. UMBS is a highly interactive community where students, faculty and researchers come together to learn about the natural world, to examine environmental change, and to seek solutions to the critical environmental challenges of our times.
Silicon Outpost Technology Park is a consortium of software developers, designers, and researchers who enjoy a peaceful work environment with high capacity connectivity across Northernmost Cape.
With headquarters in downtown Pellston near the University of Michigan Biological Research Station, Silicon Outposts hosts companies performing development of Internet of Things (IoT) systems, research in virtual and augmented reality applications, AI robots and advanced manufacturing. Silicon Outpost Technology Park is the latest evolution of the ideal tech development ecosystem, offering work-from-home collaboration, peaceful living, and active lifestyle opportunities.
Silicon Outpost Technology Park is managed by Skylab Research.
Pellston Regional Airport is one of the most beautiful airports in the country. Featuring a modern log structure with nature scenes and beautiful taxidermy throughout the efficient boarding area, with free wifi in the fireplace lounge and business center, and free parking, Pellston Airport is a great place to grab a flight or make a business pit stop.
Pellston Regional Airport offers full service Jet service with commercial flights operating four to six flights daily. The airport also hosts UPS, Federal Express, car rental companies and other amenities.