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In 1845, Adam Stronach built a lumber mill on the channel between Lake Michigan and Portage Lake. Onekama (the Indian name for Portage) was settled and soon had two major railroads; the Manistee and the Northwestern. Onekama reached village status in 1891 and was considered a favorite spot for tourism in the early 1900s. Today, the village consists of many prospering businesses including restaurants, lodging facilities, retail stores and a marina. The area is a favorite recreational location for many travelers. The Historic Portage Point Inn along with other Victorian style cottages offer a glimpse back in time when tourism first started and this great resort town was developed.
Summertime offers great outdoor opportunities with charter boat fishing, boating, swimming, windsurfing and sunbathing. The fall season offers hunting, hiking and biking and when winter arrives the outdoor fun keeps going. With ice fishing on Portage Lake, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and skiing, winter enthusiasts can get their fill. From glistening Portage Lake to sparkling Lake Michigan, come; fill your days with cool breezes, incredible sunsets and numerous recreational opportunities. You won’t regret a single, lingering moment in this tranquil two-lake town.