Manistee River

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Manistee National Recreation RiverThe Manistee River, from Tippy Dam to the M-55 Bridge, is a designated National Recreation River.  There are several river access sites, day use areas and campgrounds located along this section of river.  During the summer the river is popular with canoers and kayakers, while during the fall salmon season, sites such as Suicide Bend and Sawdust Hole are popular with anglers.

The section north of Tippy Dam, up to Hodenpyl Dam Pond, is bordered on either side by the Manistee River Trail and the North Country National Scenic Trail.  This area is also within the Manistee River Semi-Primitive Nonmotorized Area, a 7,900 acre area of the Forest.


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At a Glance

Reservations: No reservations are needed for this river.
Rentals & Guides: Manistee:
  • Manistee Paddlesport Adventures
  • Enchanted Acres
  • Pine Creek Livery
Area Amenities: Accessible,Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees Recreation Enhancement Act Fee - Day Use -
  • Sawdust Hole
  • High Bridge
  • Blacksmith Bayou
  • Udell Rollways
  • Bear Creek
  • Rainbow Bend
  • Seaton Creek Campground
Camping -
  • Seaton Creek Campground
Permit Info: No watercraft permit is required on this river.
Open Season: January 1
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
Closest Towns: Manistee, Irons, Wellston, Brethren, Mesick
Water: Yes
Restroom: Yes
Operated By: Manistee Ranger Station (231)723-2211
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Boat ramp Blacksmith Bayou, Red Bridge, High Bridge, Bear Creek
Camping trailer Seation Creek Campground
Toilets All
Accessible Rainbow Bend, High Bridge
Picnic tables All
Fee charged for some activities See Fee Description
Parking All
Tent camping Government Landing, Red Bridge, Sawdust Hole, Seaton Creek, Manistee River Primitive Campsites
Drinking water Red Bridge, Seaton Creek