Peterson Bridge North Day Use and Boat Launch Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

Peterson Bridge Day Use Entrance Sign

Peterson Bridge is the last take-out before Low Bridge. This large landing area sits just before a sharp bend in the river that will take paddlers underneath the M-37 Bridge. A pond area at the site is home to many species of wildflowers and turtles. The picnic shelter was built in the early 1930's by Civilian Conservation Corps. This site was reconstructed in 2010 and has had many updates and improvements. 

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: Managed season ends October 31.
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 -
  • Reservations are not required, but are recommended.  Visit the Passes and Permits section for more information.
Day Use -
  • Day: $5.00
  • Week: $15.00
Permit Info: Watercraft Permit -
  • Required May 15 to September 10.
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: January 1 to December 31
Busiest Season: May to October
Restrictions: Pine River Corridor - Camping -
  • Camping within a ¼ mile of Pine National Scenic River, except at Peterson Bridge campground.
Watercraft -
  • Leaving a watercraft unattended more than 36 hours.
  • Launching a watercraft except at designated sites.
  • Entering, leaving or using National Forest lands in the Pine National Scenic River Corridor with the intent to launch or retrieve a watercraft before 9:00 am or after 6:00 pm. during the period of Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend, unless authorized by permit.
Sanitation -
  • Possessing, storing or transporting Styrofoam coolers, glass beverage and/or food containers on the Pine National Scenic River.
Closest Towns: Dublin, Wellston
Water: None
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: Cadillac Manistee Ranger District - (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, before the bridge.

General Notes:

Locaton - Pine National Scenic River

Nearby Recreation Areas -

  • Peterson Bridge South Campground

County - Wexford

Seasonal and Other Information -

  • This site is not gated during the off season.
  • This site is not maintained in winter:
    • Access road and/or parking lot are not plowed.
    • No water and/or toilet facilities available.

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 capacity - with trailers
Fire Danger Level: Low
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Location

 
  Latitude : 
44.203284
  Longitude : 
-85.79827