About Explore 131 North

We Welcome You to Explore the US 131 North Corridor!

Explore 131 North is a grassroots collaboration project spearheaded by local government and community leaders along the US-131 corridor, including Cadillac, Manton, Fife Lake, Kalkaska, Mancelona, Boyne Valley, Walloon Lake, and Petoskey.
The corridor is highly traveled and communities are situated in visible locations, but access to the great outdoors is only minutes away. Small towns and scenic vistas along the corridor evoke a sense of freedom and rural comforts, and a relaxing respite from the hustle of everyday life. Business and travel opportunities are affordable and convenient, which appeals to investors, professionals, families and tourists seeking a safe, comfortable, and relaxing lifestyle or home-away-from-home.

Why Bring It North?

Cadillac is only a quick 3-hour drive from Detroit, and just 4 hours from Chicago. “Up-North” really is closer than you think!

Watch It Grow

Affordable living, commercial and residential properties ready for redevelopment, as well as reinvestments into our local infrastructure are a driving force behind the recent pilgrimage North!

Hike It, Bike It, Paddle It

Our varied trail systems and waterways are well marked and maintained through all four seasons. With an abundance of inland lakes and rivers you will find many hidden gems along the way!


Where the Stars are a Little Brighter…

Abundant Economic Opportunity

Bring your ideas,
your business, your talents, your effort & watch it grow.

World Class Outdoor Experiences

Experience the slower pace
& natural beauty that
up-north living provides.

Welcoming Communities

Mile-Long Corridor

Attractions & Activities


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