This is the last take-out on the Pine River and is the most heavily used site because of it. A fenced overlook allows visitors a scenic view of the river, as well as a quiet place to wait for paddlers. A low bridge that the site is named for, crosses the river and is too low for canoes to pass under and is adjacent to a county road. The road and bridge often flood. The county road is a snowmobile trail in the winter.
Brochure and Map: 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.
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).
Visit the Passes and Permits section for more information on obtaining a special use permit.
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
Highlights - Camping is prohibited, except at designated campgrounds or campsites.
Cadillac Manistee Ranger District - (231) 723-2211
Turn right (before the bridge over the Pine River) and travel south on FR 5996 for 1 mile.
The entrance is on the right.
Location - Pine National Scenic River
Nearby Recreation Areas -
Dorner Lake Day Use Area
Pine Lake Campground
Sand Lake Recreation Area
Udell Lookout Tower
Marzinski Horse Trail
County - Manistee
River and Stream Fishing
National Scenic River
Blue Ribbon Coldwater Trout Stream
Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbrow Trout
Boat, Shore, Wade
No reservation needed. All sites are first come, first served.
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.