By Shanna Avery Lake County Historical Society
Over half of Michigan boasts beautiful well maintained forest land where wild life freely roam and where Michiganders and visitors enjoy the peace and recreation. An early English translation of the name Manistee, 'The Spirit of the Woods,' is appropriately named for the river that gracefully courses the northern expanse of the forest. The forest covers an area of 1,256,000 acres of largely sandy wooded land dotted with lakes and scribbled with rivers and streams in west central Michigan. It also borders some lake shore of Eastern Lake Michigan.