Low Bridge Canoe Landing

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Low Bridge Entrance Sign

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

Current Conditions: Managed Season starts Apr. 1, 2016 and ends Dec. 1, 2016. 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 - Day Use -
  • Day: $5.00
  • Week: $15.00
Permit Info: Watercraft Permit -
  • 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).
Open Season: April 1 - December 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: Wellston
Water: None
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: Cadillac Manistee Ranger District - (231) 723-2211
Information Center: Cadillac/Manistee Ranger District 231-723-2211 r9_hmnf_website@fs.fed.us

General Information


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.

General Notes:

Location -  Pine National Scenic River        

Nearby Recreation Areas -

  • Udell Hills
  • Dorner Lake Day Use Area
  • Pine Lake Campground
  • Sand Lake Recreation Area
  • Udell Lookout Tower
  • Marzinski Horse Trail

County -   Manistee   



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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


Boat ramp wood
Parking 70 vehicle parking - with trailers
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