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
Open May 9 to September 15.
Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week unless otherwise posted. Forest quiet hours apply.
Reservations are not required, but are recommended. Visit the Passes and Permits section for more information.
Watercraft Permit -
Required May 15 to September 10.
May 9 - September 15
May 15 to September 15
Forest-wide Closures - CampingCamping 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 nudeStoring Watercraft
Storing, mooring, or leaving a boat or raft over 24 hours.
Parking in violation of posted instructions.
American Land and Leisure - (801) 226 - 3564; CM
Manistee Ranger Station
From Manistee -
Travel east on M-55 for 26 miles.
Turn right and travel south on M-37 for 1.5 miles.
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 needed -
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.