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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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.
May 15 to September 15
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
Camping is prohibited, except at designated campgrounds or campsites.
Turn right and travel south on M-37 for 1.5 miles.
The entrance is on the left, after the bridge.
Location - Pine National Scenic River
Nearby Recreation Areas -
Peterson Bridge North Day Use Area
County - Wexford
Beaches & Dunes
Along the river there is a sandy beach and boat landing area where visitors can enjoy a beachlike experience along a fresh-water river.
Camping & Cabins
Reservation recommended -
Mid-May to Mid-September
One time reservation fee of $9.00
Reservations can be made up to 6 months in advance of visit.
Reservations must be made at least 3 days in advance of visit.
Go to: Recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777. Walk-in sites are first come, first served.
No. of Sites
River and Stream Fishing
National Scenic River
Blue Ribbon Coldwater Trout Stream
Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout
Boat, Shore, Wade
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.