Pere Marquette National Scenic River

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Pere Marquette National Scenic RiverIn July 1978 the Pere Marquette River and its major tributaries were designated a Michigan Natural River by the State of Michigan. This same year the river was added as a National Wild and Scenic River, the first in Michigan.  The scenic portion of the river is a sixty-six mile stretch from the junction of the Middle and Little South Branches east of Baldwin to the Old Highway 31 Bridge.  The Natural River designation includes the main stem and major tributaries.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: The issuance of watercraft permits for the Pere Marquette have been temporarily suspended until access can be improved. The Pere Marquette is open to visitors who already have a valid permit. The following sites are closed until further notice:
  • Bowman Bridge Campground
  • Gleason's Landing Campground
  • Rainbow Rapids
Operational Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week unless otherwise posted. River quiet hours on the National Scenic River are 6 p.m. to 9 a.m.
Rentals & Guides: Watercraft Rentals -
  • Baldwin
    • Baldwin Canoe Rental
Area Amenities: Boat ramp
Fees Recreation Enhancement Act Fee - Watercraft Permits - Recreation Enhancement Act Fee - Day Use -
  • Bowman Bridge River Access
  • Clabybanks
  • Gleason's Landing River Access
  • Green Cottage
  • Indian Bridge
  • Maple Leaf Trial and Fishing Access
  • Rainbow Rapids
  • Upper Branch Bridge Landing
Camping -
  • Clabyanks
Concessionaire Fee - Camping (per night):
  • Bowman Bridge Campground
  • Gleason's Landing Campground
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: January 1
Usage: Heavy
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
  • Pere Marquette National Scenic River Corridor; R904-14-14
Highlights - Camping is prohibited, except at designated campgrounds or campsites.
Closest Towns: Baldwin, Branch, Walhalla, Custer, Scottville
Operated By: Baldwin White Cloud Ranger District - (231) 745-4631
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