Peterson Bridge South Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

Peterson Bridge Campground Entrance Sign

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.

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: Open May 9 to September 15.
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 -
  • Reservations are not required, but are recommended.  Visit the Passes and Permits section for more information.
Permit Info: Watercraft Permit -
  • Required May 15 to September 10.
Open Season: May 9
Usage: Light
Best Season: May 15 to September 15
Restrictions: Forest-wide Closures - Camping Camping in Developed Recreation Areas
  • Camping in a developed campground for a period longer than 14 consecutive days unless posted otherwise.
  • Entering or being in a developed recreation site or portion thereof when posted CLOSED.
  • Entering or remaining in a campground between 10 PM and 6 AM when posted - except for properly registered campers.
  • Using a developed campsite by more than eight (8) people on a single unit or by more than sixteen (16) people on a double site.
  • Parking or leaving a vehicle in violation of posted instructions, including the use of a handicap-parking site without a valid state permit properly displayed.
  • Parking a vehicle outside the parking space assigned to one's own camp unit or other designated parking area.
  • Occupying a developed campsite by parking more than one camper, trailer, or motor home (RV) on a single unit site. Parking more than two camping vehicles or camping trailers on a double unit site or exceeding limits to group sites unless otherwise posted.
  • Parking, possessing, or leaving more than two vehicles per single unit camp site or four vehicles per double unit sites, except bicycles, motorcycles, or ATV's on trailers, unless posted otherwise.
Being publicly nude Storing Watercraft
  • Storing, mooring, or leaving a boat or raft over 24 hours.
Parking
  • Parking in violation of posted instructions.
Closest Towns: Dublin, Wellston
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Flush, Vault
Operated By: American Land and Leisure - (801) 226 - 3564; CM
Information Center:

Manistee Ranger Station

(231) 723-2211

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  

Seasonal and Other Information -

  • Gated when closed.

 


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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
Fire Danger Level: Low
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Location

 
  Latitude : 
44.202063
  Longitude : 
-85.797846