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Oceana County, Michigan




 

Oceana County, Michigan

Oceana County, Michigan

Oceana County is located on Michiganís western coastline, approximately half-way up the state. Organized in 1855, it was named after its long shoreline on lake Michigan. The first known white settlement was a saw mill site built in 1849 at the mouth of Whiskey Creek. The county grew during the lumber era, with the development of Pentwater, Shelby, and Hart, the county seat. When the lumber boom came to a halt, farmers found the area an excellent place for orchards.

Today, it prospers, holding the second largest fruit tree acreage in the state. It is also known as the asparagus capital of the world. Tourism plays a vital part along the countyís coastline. Pentwater is a major summer resort, as is the Little Sauble Point area, with Silver Lake and the sand dunes, one of the few places in the nation offering first class dune schooner rides to view the pristine sandy coastline along the Big Lake.

Inland, many recreational spots abound in the Manistee National Forest, which dots the county. There is also great canoeing and fishing along the White River beginning at Hesperia. For sightseeing, fruit picking, or just plain outdoor fun, Oceana County is where you want to be!



 

Oceana County, Michigan     Oceana County, Michigan

Oceana County, Michigan     Oceana County, Michigan

Oceana County, Michigan     Oceana County, Michigan

Oceana County, Michigan     Oceana County, Michigan

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