The Les Cheneaux Culinary School

Wooden Boat Show

The Hessel Michigan Region includes the areas of  Les Cheneaux Island, Drummond Island and the St. Mary’s River

Setteled in 1850, this quaint waterfront village is at the entrance to the Archipeligo and Les Chenaux Islands in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  Settled in the 1880’s by Euro-Americans, it once was a lively Indian fishing village, followed by lumbering.  It now is a main marina area where summer residents of Marquette and other island come to spend time in the 4 seasons and enjoy the beautiful summer temperatures. World class kayaking, boating, duck hunting, snowmobiling  and many other recreational activities make up this part of the “Great Waters” area.   Hessel is also home to the annual Les Chenaux Island Wooden Boat showThe Les Cheneaux Culinary School and seasonal restaurant opened in 2014 and features a state of the art facility on Lake Huron.  Graduating many happy students who have either taken jobs in the region or expanded their new skills to other cities and states.  Many small business’s call it home including a popular Kayak outfitter, marina storage/repair, small restaurants, mom-pop resorts,  gift shops, book store and a grocery/deli/meeting place.


 is an unincorporated community on M-134 north of Marquette Island, the largest of the Les Cheneaux Islands at 46°00′15″N84°25′33″W.[6] It was founded in 1885 by two Swedes and a Norwegian, John and Carl Hessel and John A. Johnson and a post office was established in September 1888.[4] The ZIP code of 49745 serves an area between M-134 and the Lake Huron shore.[7] Hessel is the home of the Antique Wooden Boat Show[8] which is held annually at the public docks on the second weekend of August.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 101.6 square miles (263 km2), of which, 79.1 square miles (205 km2) of it is land and 22.5 square miles (58 km2) of it (22.11%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,200 people, 952 households, and 674 families residing in the township. The population density was 27.8 per square mile (10.7/km²). There were 1,962 housing units at an average density of 24.8 per square mile (9.6/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 86.73% White, 0.05% African American, 9.95% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.27% from other races, and 2.64% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.64% of the population.

There were 952 households out of which 26.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.1% were married couples living together, 8.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.2% were non-families. 26.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.76.

In the township the population was spread out with 22.8% under the age of 18, 4.5% from 18 to 24, 23.4% from 25 to 44, 29.8% from 45 to 64, and 19.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 100.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.1 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $33,975, and the median income for a family was $40,795. Males had a median income of $31,071 versus $21,480 for females. The per capita income for the township was $18,357. About 6.4% of families and 9.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.3% of those under age 18 and 8.3% of those age 65 or over.

There is a great influx of population in the summer. Many businesses are seasonal.

The community of Cedarville is just a few miles east of Hessel


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