Area Status: Open
The 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.
- Manistee National Recreation River: 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.
- Manistee River Trail and Backwaters: This brochure is set to print on 11x17 paper, landscape (wide) orientation. To print on 8 1/2 by 11 paper set ht eprint area to "shrink to printable area", this will make the text on the page smaller.
At a Glance
||No reservations are needed for this river.
|Rentals & Guides:
Manistee Paddlesport Adventures
||Accessible,Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
||Recreation Enhancement Act Fee - Day Use -
- Sawdust Hole
- High Bridge
- Blacksmith Bayou
- Udell Rollways
- Bear Creek
- Rainbow Bend
- Seaton Creek Campground
||No watercraft permit is required on this river.
||January 1 - December 31
||Manistee, Irons, Wellston, Brethren, Mesick
||Manistee Ranger Station (231)723-2211
||Cadillac/Manistee Ranger District