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
No fees/no service from Nov 1 to Dec 1. This site is gated when closed.
Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week unless otherwise posted.
Reservations are not required, but are recommended. Visit the Passes and Permits section for more information.
Day Use -
Watercraft Permit -
Required May 15 to September 10.
Apr 1 - Dec 1
January 1 to December 31
Pine River Corridor -Camping -
Camping within a ¼ mile of Pine National Scenic River, except at Peterson Bridge campground.
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.
Possessing, storing or transporting Styrofoam coolers, glass beverage and/or food containers on the Pine National Scenic River.
Cadillac Manistee Ranger District - (231) 723-2211
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.
Location - Pine River, National Scenic River
Nearby Recreation Areas -
County - Wexford
River and Stream Fishing
National Scenic River
Blue Ribbon Cold-water Trout Stream
Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout
Boat, Shore, Wade
No reservation is required for picnicking. A reservation is required for watercraft permits.
No. of Sites
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.