Stamas begins 2016 Heritage Route 23 Legislative Tour

First day highlights Lake Huron coast from Standish to Alpena

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Stamas on Thursday began a two-day legislative tour of Heritage Route 23 with several state and regional officials in an effort to help bring attention and tourists to northeastern Michigan.

“Our goal is to help highlight what Michigan’s sunrise side has to offer and engage the community with state officials about issues critical to the region,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “In addition to several legislators, we have four department directors and numerous state and local officials joining us on this tour. This positive tour will help us continue to serve the people by identifying new ways to help attract tourists, improve the economy and create jobs.

“The tour has already seen agriculture at work while visiting a grain elevator and a local dairy farm with the state agriculture director and experienced tourism and recreation in the great outdoors while kayaking on the AuSable River and seeing a Lake Huron lighthouse.”

Beginning at Wheeler’s Restaurant in Standish, the tour will travel 200 miles along the scenic roadway of the U.S. 23 Heritage Route to Mackinaw City.

“Michigan’s sunrise coast is one of our state’s gems, and I encourage Michigan families and out-of-state tourists to come experience spectacular lake views and outstanding recreational opportunities along Heritage Route 23,” Stamas said. “Families traveling up the coastline can also enjoy numerous historical and cultural sites, have fun on the beach or relax at one of more than 50 area campgrounds.”

Some of the first day’s highlights included touring the Anderson Grain Elevator in Standish, visiting the Sturgeon Point Lighthouse in Harrisville and checking out Butterwerth Dairy Farm in Alpena.

The second day will include attending the “Good Morning Alpena” breakfast at the Brown Trout Festival, touring a local veterans office in Rogers City and checking out the Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum in Mackinaw City.

Scheduled to join Stamas on the tour are Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City; Sen. Margaret O’Brien, R-Portage, chair of the Senate veterans committee; Rep. Peter Pettalia, R-Presque Isle; Rep. Joel Johnson, R-Clare; Rep. Brad Jacobsen, R-Oxford; Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Director Jamie Clover Adams; Michigan Department of Natural Resources Director Bill Moritz; Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Director Keith Creagh; Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon; Travel Michigan Vice President Dave Lorenz and numerous other officials from state and local government.

Residents can discover more information on Heritage Route 23 by visiting the route’s website at: The site includes information on community events, outdoor activities and even a “Plan Your Trip” link that can help visitors learn about what best fits their interests and assist them in mapping out their vacation.

For more information, residents may also contact Stamas’ office toll-free at 1-855-347-8036.


Editor’s note: The above photographs of the tour are available by clicking on the images or by visiting the senator’s photowire at: