Sunrise Side Costal Highway

Alcona Alpena Arenac Cheboygan Iosco Presque Isle


US 23 Heritage Route sign provided by Christopher J. Bessert at

US-23 from Mackinaw City to Standish is nearly 200 miles of an excellent roadway system that takes travelers by spectacular scenic views of Lake Huron, and an astounding array of large public forest, park and recreational properties. The coastal counties of Alcona, Alpena, Arenac, Cheboygan, Iosco and Presque Isle contain some of the most extensive and significant recreational, ecological, historical and cultural sites in Michigans Lower Peninsula. Unlike the shoreline of northern Lake Michigan, where private ownership is the norm, the northern Lake Huron shoreline is graced with large tracts of publicly owned properties. Thus much of the northern Lake Huron shoreline is free and accessible to residents and visitors alike.


The Sunrise Side Coastal Highway will be a key element in the overall recreational experience offered along the Lake Huron coastal communities from Mackinaw City to Standish. A wide variety of well managed recreational, historical and cultural opportunities will be available for enthusiasts to enjoy while surrounded by clean air, clear water, lush vegetation and wildlife habitat.


Travelers will experience preserved scenic views of the waters, forests and open spaces found along the Coastal Highway. The Coastal Highway will be safe and inviting for all modes of transportation. Visitors will find a wide variety of services and attractions along the Coastal Highway, especially in the many beautiful and thriving towns and cities along the Route. Having US-23 designated as a Coastal Highway will help improve the quality of life for residents, visitors and tourists alike, as well as strengthen local economic development efforts.


The public will be informed about the attributes of the Coastal Highway through a coordinated marketing and educational campaign.

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