Dobson Bridge River Access

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed
 

Dobson Bridge Entrance Sign

The parking lot is located at the top of a steep stairway. Visitors are asked to not disturb the wood turtles. There is a large patch of poison ivy near the water.

To download the Pine 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/stelprdb5172185.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

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.
Rentals & Guides: Canoe Rentals -
  • Baldwin
    • Bosman's Canoe Rental
  • Irons
    • Shomler Canoe and Kayak
  • Wellston
    • Carl's Canoe Livery
    • Pine River Paddlesport Center
    • Horina's Canoe and Kayak
    • Sportsman's Port
Area Amenities: Boat ramp,Parking
Fees Recreation Enhancement Act Fee - Watercraft Permits -
  • Reservations are not required, but are recommended.  Visit the Passes and Permits section for more information.
Day Use -
  • Day: $5.00
  • Week: $15.00
Permit Info: Watercraft Permit -
  • Required May 15 to September 10.
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: Heavy
Best Season: January 1 to December 31
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
  • Pine National Scenic River Corridor; R904-14-12
Highlights - Camping is prohibited, except at designated campgrounds or campsites.
Closest Towns: Dublin
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 26 miles.
  • Turn right and travel south on M-37 for 2 miles.
  • Turn left and travel west on 48 Mile Rd. for 2 miles.
  • Keep right when the road becomes gravel.
  • The entrance is on the left.

General Notes:

Location -  Pine River, National Scenic River 

Nearby Recreation Areas -

  • Elm Flats

County -  Wexford  


Activities


Fishing

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Picnicking

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Water Activities

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Boating - Non-Motorized

Canoeing and kayaking are the primary activities on this river, with much of the appeal being the fast water and light rapids. The Pine River has a river gradient of 7% and offers the fastest average flow of any river in lower Michigan.

Size RestrictionsNone
Class of Rapids1 - 2
Water/Flow LevelFast
Type of CraftCanoe, Kayak, Pontoon, Raft, Driftboat
Reservation required?: Y
Permit required?: Y

Amenities

Boat ramp Wood, Gravel
Parking 30 vehicle capacity - with trailers