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US 23 Heritage Route

Pure Michigan Byways Logo SignThe US 23 Heritage Route is a Pure Michigan Byway, a program under the Michigan Department of Transportation. It begins in Standish and travels 200 miles up the Lake Huron shoreline to Mackinaw City. US 23 Heritage Route connects to a River Road National Scenic Byway in Oscoda. 

US 23 logo

Visit the US 23 website heritage23.com! 



US 23 Management Council

US 23 is overseen by a Management Council - this Council sets the direction of the US 23 program and provides feedback to the Northeast Michigan Council of Governments (who manages and provides staffing and technical support for the program).


Current US 23 Management Council Members

Cheboygan County:

Cheboygan Chamber of CommerceScott Herceg (Cheboygan Area Chamber of Commerce Director)

Mackinaw City RepresentativePat Wyman (Mackinaw City Village Manager)

Mackinaw City Chamber of Commerce: Jamie Westfall (Mackinaw City Chamber Director)

Presque Isle County:

Presque Isle CountyAnne Belanger (Presque Isle Library and Bon Ami Filmworks)

Rogers CityKim Margherio (Rogers City DDA)

Alpena County:

Alpena Chamber of CommerceAdam Poll (Alpena Chamber Director) (alternate Mike Mahler, Target Alpena)

City of Alpena: Andrea Kares (City Planning and Development Director) (alternate Rich Sullenger - City of Alpena)

Sanborn TownshipKen Gauthier 

Alpena CVBMary Beth Stutzman (Alpena CVB Director) (Kyla Schatz, alternate)

Alpena County: Don Gilmet, Alpena County Commissioner

South Bay Corridor Larry Clark

Alcona County:

Alcona TownshipMarlena MacNeill (Alcona Township Supervisor) - Management Council Vice-Chairperson

Alcona CountyMary Ellen Jones (Mitten Women Productions)

City of Harrisville: Jacquelyn Schwanz (Harrisville City Council)

Iosco County:

Iosco CountyD. Jay O'Farrell (Iosco County Board of Commissioners)

Iosco CountyDave Wentworth (Heritage Coast Sailing & Rowing)

Oscoda CVB: Erin Kellstrom (Oscoda CVB Executive Assisant)

Sunrise Coastal CoalitionBelle Flora (alternate Pat Shiftlet)

Arenac County:

Arenac CountySue Stein

Arenac Countyvacant

Organizations, Agencies & Other:

Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary: Sarah Waters

Friends of the Thunder Bay National Marine SanctuaryKatie Wolf (Management Council Chairperson)

Museums: Chris Witulski (Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan Director)

Michigan Department of TransportationKevin Schaedig and Garrett Dawe

Michigan Department of Natural Resources Blake Gingrich and Eric Ostrander

Michigan Sea Grant Brandon Schroeder

Saginaw Chippewa Indian TribeDon Seal (alternate Frank Cloutier)

US Forest ServiceAndrew Kenyon

Private Tourism : Ian Dockrill (Lost Lake Woods)

Private Tourism vacant


Corridor Management Plan:

The US 23 Heritage Route is governed by a Corridor Management Plan - click here to download


US 23 Heritage Route Program Manager: Denise Cline