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Fifth Avenue Beach


  1. Benches
  2. Bike Racks
  3. Concessions
  4. Drinking Water
  5. Fishing Area
  6. Grills
  7. Parking
  8. Picnic Area
  9. Playground Equipment
  10. Public Restrooms
  11. Universal Accessibility
  12. Vending
  13. Volleyball Nets
  14. Waterfront
The beach area was purchased by the City in 1912. Fifth Avenue Beach is located on the north side of Manistee at the west end of Fifth Avenue on Lake Michigan. The Coast Guard facility is adjacent to the park. There is a large lakefront beach with a new Universally Accessible Beach House (including concession/vending) that was constructed next to the playground and parking lot. Universal Access from the Beach House to the beach is made possible by the installation of “Brock” decking.

The Manistee North Pierhead Lighthouse and catwalk are adjacent to the Coast Guard Station. In 2011 the City acquired the Lighthouse from the Department of the Interior and entered into a Concession Agreement with the Historical Museum who will oversee operation of the Lighthouse. While the Lighthouse is not universally accessible plans are for a tour of the structure will be available on the City’s web page for people of all abilities. Pedestrian traffic and fishing are permitted on the pier. There is a picnic area with green space across from the Coast Guard Station. Parking and traffic flow improvements were made in 1992/93.

NIA Fifth Avenue Beach History Page