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.
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 ends October 31.
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).
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
From Manistee -
Travel east on M-55 for 20 miles.
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
Seasonal and Other Information -
This site is not gated in the off season.
From December to March the County Road is a snowmobile trail.
This site is not maintained in witner:
The access road and/or parking lot is not plowed.
No toilet facilities are available.
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.