Dobson Bridge River Access

Area Status: Not Cleared

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:  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.
Open Season: Apr 1 - Dec 1
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: January 1 to December 31
Restrictions: Pine River Corridor - Camping -
  • Camping within a ¼ mile of Pine National Scenic River, except at Peterson Bridge campground.
Watercraft -
  • Leaving a watercraft unattended more than 36 hours.
  • Launching a watercraft except at designated sites.
  • Entering, leaving or using National Forest lands in the Pine National Scenic River Corridor with the intent to launch or retrieve a watercraft before 9:00 am or after 6:00 pm. during the period of Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend, unless authorized by permit.
Sanitation -
  • Possessing, storing or transporting Styrofoam coolers, glass beverage and/or food containers on the Pine National Scenic River.
Closest Towns: Dublin
Water: None
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: Cadillac Manistee Ranger District - (231) 723-2211
Information Center: Cadillac/Manistee Ranger District 231-723-2211

General Information


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  



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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


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