Peterson Bridge North Day Use and Boat Launch Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

Peterson Bridge Day Use Entrance Sign

Pine National Scenic River

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.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: Managed Season starts Apr. 1, 2016 and ends Dec. 1, 2016. This site is gated when closed.
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 - Day Use -
  • Day: $5.00
  • Week: $15.00
Permit Info: Watercraft Permit -
  • Required 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: April 1
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: January 1 to December 31
Busiest Season: May to October
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: None
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: Cadillac Manistee Ranger District - (231) 723-2211
Information Center:

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.

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General Notes:

Locaton - Pine National Scenic River

Nearby Recreation Areas -

  • Peterson Bridge South Campground

County - Wexford


Activities


Fishing

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Picnicking

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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