This site is primarily used by anglers, hunters and families for camping. There is a short, .25 mile walk from the campsites to the river, through federal and state land. The river access is operated by the MI-DNRE.
To download the Pere Marquette River, National Scenic River, brochure, with map, visit the Maps and Publications section of the website or select this link: http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5180864.pdf. This brochure is set to print on 11 x 17 paper, landscape (wide) orientation. To print on 8 1/2 x 11 paper set the print area to "shrink to printable area", this will make the text on the page smaller.
At a Glance
Managed Season starts May 1, 2016 and ends Oct. 31, 2016.
Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week unless otherwise posted.
Watercraft Permit -
Required Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend.
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).
January 1 to December 31
May to October
Forest-wide Closures - CampingCamping 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.
Baldwin White Cloud Ranger District - (231) 745-4631
From Baldwin -
Travel west on 52nd St. for 8.5 miles.
Turn right and travel north on S. Branch Rd. for 2.5 miles.
The site is located on the right.
Location - Pere Marquette National Scenic River
Nearby Recreation Aras -
Upper Branch Bridge
County - Lake
Seasonal and Other Information -
This site is not maintained during the off season.
This site is not maintained in winter:
Access road and/or parking lot are not plowed.
No toilet facilities are available.
Camping & Cabins
No reservation needed. All sites are first come, first served.
Pavement Type of Parking
0 to 25 Feet
No. of Sites
Trail to river
No reservation needed. All sites are first come first served.