The City of Manistee operates three boat launches.
First Street launch is the primary launch for access to Lake Michigan. It is a pay facility. The cost is $10 for a daily pass and $50 for a seasonal pass. Seasonal pass annual stickers are available in November for the upcoming season and can be purchased at City Hall or by mailing a request with a check or money order and the annual sticker would be mailed to you. Annual passes can also be purchased at the First Street and Arthur Street boat launches; however, the actual sticker will need to be obtained by presenting the receipt at the City Hall (Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) or at the Marina (open daily, hours vary depending on time of year) during their respective hours of operation.
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 (pay facility, same fees as First 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.