Discover Michigan: Caseville

By: Jennifer Sigouin | Online Only | Published June 15, 2016

 Caseville's beaches make the city a popular place for fishing, sailing and swimming.

Caseville's beaches make the city a popular place for fishing, sailing and swimming.

Photo by Maria Allard

With miles of beaches, countless outdoor recreation options, summer festivals and plenty of vacation rentals, it’s no wonder Caseville is often considered the “closer Up North.”

“Caseville is just one of our bustling beach towns along the Saginaw Bay/Lake Huron shoreline of  M-25 at the Tip of the Thumb,” Thumb Area Tourism Council Marketing Director Kris Reinelt said in an email. “It features many hot spots for tourists and locals of all ages.”

Caseville is located in the western thumb area at the mouth of the Pigeon River on Saginaw Bay. Reinelt noted that Caseville was originally know at Port Elizabeth and, as a beach town, is home to several marinas. The Caseville Chamber of Commerce added that the city’s “Harbor of Refuge and great boating facilities brings anglers to the area in search of walleye, perch, trout and more.”

The chamber encourages visitors to experience a sunset on Saginaw Bay and enjoy swimming, sunbathing, fishing, sailing and water skiing along the city’s “beautiful sandy beaches.” The area also boasts modern camping areas, hiking, golf courses and hunting.

Here are more tips if you plan on visiting:

Approximately 125 miles — about a 2 1/2-hour drive. Visitors from the Detroit area can take Van Dyke/M-24 the entire way. For a longer, more scenic route, take M-25 around the entire thumb.

• Visit Caseville County Park — The 40-acre Caseville County Park is part of the Huron County Park system and offers RV campsites, picnic areas, beach swimming, fishing at nearby Caseville Pier and easy access to local marinas and city attractions.

• Shop local — Downtown Caseville’s Main Street is lined with quaint shops and eateries. Take a break from the beach and enjoy a gourmet coffee at the Lemon Tree Marketplace & Coffee House, grab a burger at local mainstay Lefty’s Diner, or browse unique home decor at Cottage Outfitters.

Play a round of golf — If you want to hit the links, the Caseville area has a number of courses to choose from including the Bird Creek Golf Course in Port Austin, Century Oaks Golf Club in Elkton and the nine-hole Caseville Golf Course.

Key North Mini Golf & Family Fun Center
This is one of the ultimate places to visit for family fun in Casevile. In addition to mini golf, the attraction features bumper boats, batting cages, water wars, go-karts, a giant slide, bike rentals and more.

“My favorite is the giant slide,” Reinelt noted via email. “And I might refer to this as one of the historic Caseville attractions, as I’ve been enjoying it since I was a child and can remember going there with my great grandparents, who passed away more than 35 years ago.”

Thumb Brewery —  According to its website, Thumb Brewery is “nestled in an 1800s historic home in the heart of Caseville, Michigan, where the charm and character of the home spills into an open air patio, providing the perfect place to sit back, relax and enjoy some of life’s simple pleasures.”

Craft beer-lovers can enjoy a nice IPA, Hefeweizen or one of several other exclusive brews on tap, as well as a number of guest tap selections. The brewery also offers a full food menu that includes small plates, soups, sandwiches and salads.

Caseville Country Ribstock, June 24-26
A country music festival combined with rib cook-off makes for a weekend of down-home fun. VIsit www.casevillechamber.com for the full music lineup and more information.

Cheeseburger in Caseville, Aug. 12-21
You may have heard of Jimmy Buffet’s “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” but how about Cheeseburger in Caseville? The annual 10-day extravaganza is Caseville’s own tribute to both Jimmy Buffet and cheeseburgers, with festivities including concerts, fireworks and laser light shows on the beach. The biggest event is the Parade of Tropical Fools, held on the first Wednesday night of the festival. The parade draws more than 50,000 spectators who line Main Street to catch beads, candy, Frisbees, and other treats thrown from the floats each year.

There’s even a Cheeseburger Fest mobile app (available for iPhone and Android) that gives visitors all the information they’ll need, including a schedule of events, a map and a cheeseburger finder.

For information on other events, inlcuding the annual Caseville Walleye Tournament in July and Shanty Days in February, visit the Caseville Chamber of Commerce at www.casevillechamber.com.

“My husband, daughter and I have gone to Caseville the past two summers for a long weekend both times. We loved hanging out on the beach, swimming and trying out different restaurants. The town, right on Lake Huron, definitely has a beach feel to it, especially with all the pink flamingo decorations everywhere. It’s a fun getaway that is not too long of a drive from Detroit. The drive itself is relaxing and passes through different small towns and some neat farmland.” — Maria Allard, staff writer for the Warren Weekly and the Grosse Pointe Times


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