Peterson Bridge South Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

Pine National Scenic River

Peterson Bridge Campground is the only Forest Service campground on the Pine River. Ten of the sites are paddle or walk-in only. The canoe/boat launch is located across the river at Peterson Bridge North.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: This campground is open May 5, 2016 to Oct. 10, 2016. This site is gated when closed. Reservations recommended from May 13 to Sept. 11.
Operational Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week unless otherwise posted. Forest quiet hours apply.
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 Concessionaire Fee - Camping (per night):
  • Single Site: $18.00
  • Walk-in: $6.00 per person
Day Use (per vehicle):
  • Per Day:$4.00
  • Extra Vehicle: $6.00
Recreation Enhancement Act Fee - Watercraft Permits -
Permit Info: Watercraft Permit -
  • 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: May 5
Usage: Light
Best Season: May 15 to September 15
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: Dublin, Wellston
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Flush, Vault
Operated By: American Land and Leisure - (801) 226 - 3564; CM
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General Information

Directions:

From Manistee -

  • Travel east on M-55 for 26 miles.
  • Turn right and travel south on M-37 for 1.5 miles.
  • The entrance is on the left, after the bridge.

General Notes:

Location - Pine National Scenic River

Nearby Recreation Areas -

  • Peterson Bridge North Day Use Area

County -  Wexford  


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 Sand
Parking 30 vehicle capacity