Day-trips to the island will give you the chance to explore and experience South Manitou’s great beauty and history. No food service is available on the island, so please pack a picnic lunch. There is a cash bar with packaged snacks and drinks on board. When visiting south manitou for the day, you are required to get a national park entrance pass for who you are travelling with. These are $15.00 for the weeklong entrance pass which is the minimum, or $30.00 for the yearly pass. These passes are just good for the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park. These are different then the State park pass which is on your license plate.
Giant Cedar Trees
Tucked away on the southwest corner of South Manitou Island is a grove of virgin White Cedar trees, the largest in North America. One of the fallen trees showed 528 growth rings dating its existence back to before Columbus. These trees are over twice as large as the average White Cedar. The trail loops through this area, so you can get a good appreciation for the size and number of these trees. It is a mystical walk. Some say that these trees were spared because their bark is infused with wind-blown sand, and the lumberman didn’t want to have continually resharpen their saws, which they had to do by hand. This hike is about 0.3 miles beyond the turn-off to the Shipwreck of the Morazan. It is also on the wagon tour route.