Lumber operations and river log drives of the 1800s abandoned many logs in the river. In the early 1900s salvage operations retrieved the abandoned logs which were then milled at the site. The original name of the site, Sawdust Pile, comes from the sawdust piles that used to be found near the sawmills. The sawdust flats were large open fields on the north side of the river were sawdust was piled until it was removed. There are multiple foot paths down to the river from the camping area. The North Country National Scenic Trail passes below and west of the site.
At a Glance
Managed season is from May 15 to October 31.
Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week unless otherwise posted. Forest quiet hours apply.
Recreation Enhancement Act Fee -
Day Use -
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).
May 15 - October 31
January 1 to December 31
May to October
Forest-wide Closures - Camping
Camping in Developed Recreation Areas
Camping in a developed campground for a period longer than 14 consecutive days unless posted otherwise.
Entering or being in a developed recreation site or portion thereof when posted CLOSED.
Entering or remaining in a campground between 10 PM and 6 AM when posted - except for properly registered campers.
Using a developed campsite by more than eight (8) people on a single unit or by more than sixteen (16) people on a double site.
Parking or leaving a vehicle in violation of posted instructions, including the use of a handicap-parking site without a valid state permit properly displayed.
Parking a vehicle outside the parking space assigned to one's own camp unit or other designated parking area.
Occupying a developed campsite by parking more than one camper, trailer, or motor home (RV) on a single unit site. Parking more than two camping vehicles or camping trailers on a double unit site or exceeding limits to group sites unless otherwise posted.
Parking, possessing, or leaving more than two vehicles per single unit camp site or four vehicles per double unit sites, except bicycles, motorcycles, or ATV's on trailers, unless posted otherwise.
Being publicly nude
Storing, mooring, or leaving a boat or raft over 24 hours.
Parking in violation of posted instructions.
Cadillac Manistee Ranger District - (231) 723-2211
From Manistee -
Travel east on M-55 for 15 miles.
Turn left and travel north on High Bridge Rd. for 6 miles.
Turn right and travel east on Coates Hwy. for 3.5 miles.
Turn right and travel south on Dilling Rd. for 2 miles.
Turn right and travel north on FR 8799 to the site entrance.