Low Bridge Canoe Landing

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

Low Bridge Entrance Sign

Pine National Scenic River

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.

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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).
Visit the Passes and Permits section for more information on obtaining a special use permit.
Open Season: April 1
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: January 1 to December 31
Restrictions: 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.
Closest Towns: Wellston
Water: None
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: Cadillac Manistee Ranger District - (231) 723-2211
Information Center:

General Information

Directions:

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   


Activities


Fishing

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Picnicking

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Water Activities

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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

Amenities

Boat ramp wood
Parking 70 vehicle parking - with trailers