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Situated on Hessel Bay on Lake Huron, Hessel is an unincorporated community in the southeastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Hessel is in the central-western portion of Clark Township, in southeastern Mackinac County, north of Marquette Island. As Hessel is not a census-designated place, it is without defined boundaries, although it is concentrated south of M-34 and its intersection with 3 Mile Road, including the peninsula along Hessel Point Road.

The village of Detour, more than twenty miles to the east, is the nearest incorporated municipality, while the cities of St. Ignace and Sault Ste. Marie about thirty miles to the southwest and north, respectively. Unincorporated communities within ten miles of Hessel include Patrick Landing, Cedarville, and Port Dolomite.

Tourism and water recreation on Lake Huron and the Les Cheneaux Islands are the most significant aspect of the community's economy. The many channels, and sheltered bays and coves are ideal for boating, canoeing, kayaking, and sailing. There are also several golf courses within minutes of Hessel, as well as ATV and snowmobiling trails.

Hessel was founded as a fishing village, and salmon, walleye, pike, perch, and other species can still be caught in area waters. Weekly vacation rentals are available in and around the community, and on nearby islands.

The community was founded in 1885 by two Swedes and a Norwegian, John and Carley Hessel, and John A. Johnson. A post office was established in a store operated by John Hessel on September 13, 1888, with Mr. Hessel as the first postmaster. John Hessel also operated a sawmill in the area where Hessel Bay Sunset Cabins is now located.

Joseph Fenlon clerked for John Hessel in his original store until Joseph and his brother, James, opened their own general store. Besides the store, the Fenlon family acquired several parcels of timber, which they harvested. Another member of the family, Edward P. Fenlon, opened the E.P. Fenlon Saloon on Lake Street, which later became a VFW Hall. Another early saloon was McFees, which also had a soda fountain, catering to adults and children.

Still in operation, Hessel Grocery was founded by Leonard and Dorothy Rye, who ran the store for more than twenty-five years.

The focus of this guide is on the community known as Hessel, Michigan. Online resources pertaining to the community itself, or to any businesses, schools, churches, organizations, attractions, events, and recreational opportunities are appropriate here.



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