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
Managed season is from May 15 to November 30. 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.
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.
April 1 - December 1
January 1 to December 31
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
Camping is prohibited, except at designated campgrounds or campsites.
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.