Blacksmith Bayou Access Site

Area Status: Not Cleared
  
 

Blacksmith Bayou

One of many bayous along the lower portion of the river, Blacksmith is an oxbow lake left from an old river channel. The river channel moves during geologic time, creating new meanders in the mile-wide river valley. The North Country Trail follows the ridge along the bayou and crosses the entrance road. This is a good area for ice fishing.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: No fees/no service from Nov 1 to Dec 1. This site is gated when closed.
Operational Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week unless otherwise posted. Forest quiet hours apply.
Rentals & Guides: Canoe Rentals -
  • Manistee
    • Manistee Paddlesport Adventures
  • Irons
    • Enchanted Acres
Area Amenities: Boat ramp,Parking
Fees Recreation Enhancement Act Fee - Day Use -
  • Day: $5.00
  • Week: $15.00
Permit Info: Special Use Permit -
  • No special use permit is required for individuals or small groups (74 people or less).
  • Permits are required for commercial, event or large groups (75 people or more).
Visit the Passes and Permits section for more information on obtaining a special use permit.
Open Season: Apr 1 - Dec 1
Usage: Light
Best Season: January 1 to December 31
Busiest Season: May to October
Restrictions: As a visitor to the National Forest, you are asked to follow certain rules designed to protect the Forest, natural resources and to provide for public safety of visitors. These rules are available to you on-line or at any office of the Huron-Manistee National Forests. Please take time to read and understand them. General Topic orders apply across the Forests. Applicable Orders -
  • Motorized Vehicle Use of Roads, Trails and Off-road Areas; R904-14-02
  • Occupancy and Use - Developed Recreation Areas, Dispersed Areas, Being Publicly Nude, Marine Prohibitions, Parking and Sanitation; R904-14-03
Closest Towns: Brethren
Water: None
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: Cadillac Manistee Ranger District - (231) 723-2211
Information Center:

General Information

Directions:

From Manistee -

  • Travel east on M-55 for 15 miles.
  • Turn left and travel north on High Bridge Rd. for 2 miles.
  • Turn left and travel west on Chicago Ave. for 1 mile.
  • Turn right and travel north for .5 miles to the site entrance.

General Notes:

Location - Manistee National Recreation River

Nearby Recreation Areas -

  • North Country National Scenic Trail

County -  Manistee     


Activities


Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

Reservation InfoNo reservation needed.  All sites are first come, first served.
No. of SitesSingle: 6

Fishing

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Hiking

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Picnicking

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Water Activities

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Amenities

Boat ramp Asphalt
Parking 24 vehicle capacity