Indian River Canoe Trail


Canoe Trail Map of Indian River

ALERT: Recent storm damage may have affected the canoe route. Please use extreme caution when you are near the Indian River Campground, which is inaccessible right now due to significant storm damage.

The 51 mile long Indian River was designated a Federal Wild and Scenic River in 1992. The designation will allow the nationally significant resource values and free flowing condition to be protected for future generations. The excellent water quality of the Indian River is an important component of the local ecosystem and provides quality habitat for fish and game species. Many rare, threatened or sensitive species such as the bald eagle, American marten, wolf, common loon, osprey and wood turtle call the corridor home. Once a working river during the log driving era, the Indian now is a great river for a day paddle or a multi day canoe trip.

INDIAN RIVER CANOE/KAYAK TRAIL:  Link to Trail Map The Indian River offers excellent canoeing/kayaking and provides beautiful and varied scenery, from canyon-like banks and sharp curves, to broad marshland reaches. After mid-June, the gentle flow of the river, combined with its scenic beauty, will impress any canoeist. A one or two-day trip will take you deep into the Hiawatha National Forest, where you will drift past northern hardwoods, mixed conifers, rolling hills and marshlands. The average width of the Indian River is 30-50 feet and has an average depth of 1 to 3 ft. NOTE: Before mid-June the water may be high and fast. We recommend paddlers scout conditions before floating the river during this time.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: The Area is cleared from Fish Lake to Cedar Point campsite. It is Not Cleared from Cedar Point campsite to 8-mile. 
Open Season: January - December
Closest Towns: Munising, Manistique and Steuben

General Information


The Indian River stretches all the way from Doe Lake on FR2268 (13 miles south of Munising) to Indian Lake just north of US 2. There are multiple access points to the river. Refer to map for directions to access points.

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