Peterson Bridge South Campground

Area Status: Open

Peterson Bridge Campground is the only Forest Service campground on the Pine River. Ten of the sites are paddle or walk-in only. The canoe/boat launch is located across the river at Peterson Bridge North.


At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week unless otherwise posted. Forest quiet hours apply.
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: Camping (per night)
  • Single Site: $25.00
  • Walk-in, Riverside: $10.00 per person
Day Use (per vehicle)
  • Per Day:$7.00
  • Extra Vehicle: $8.00
Permit Info: Watercraft Permit
  • Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend
Reservations are required.  Visit the Passes and Permits section for more information. Special Use Permits
  • 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 23 - October 14
Usage: Light
Best Season: May 15 to September 15
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: Drinking Water
Restroom: Flush, Vault
Operated By: American Land and Leisure - (801) 226 - 3564; CM
Information Center:

General Information


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, after the bridge.

General Notes:

Brochure and Map: 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.

Location - Pine National Scenic River

Nearby Recreation Areas -

  • Peterson Bridge North Day Use Area

County -  Wexford  

Pine National Scenic River

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Sand Play

Along the river there is a sandy beach and boat landing area where visitors can enjoy a beachlike experience along a fresh-water river.

Campground Camping

No. of Sites  
  • Single: 20
  • Walk-in: 10
Reservation Info Reservation recommended -
  • Mid-May to Mid-September
  • One time reservation fee of $9.00
  • Reservations can be made up to 6 months in advance of visit.
  • Reservations must be made at least 3 days in advance of visit.
Go to: or call 1-877-444-6777. Walk-in sites are first come, first served.
Sleeping Shelter No

RV Camping

River and Stream Fishing

Special Designations
  • National Scenic River
  • Blue Ribbon Coldwater Trout Stream
Fishing Mode Boat, Shore, Wade
Fish Species Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout
Fishing Platform No
Water Temperature Cold
Fishing Method Fly, Pole
Water/Flow Level Fast

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 Restrictions None
Type of Craft Canoe, Kayak, Pontoon, Raft, Driftboat
Class of Rapids 1 - 2
Water/Flow Level Fast


Parking: 30 vehicle capacity
Boat ramp: Sand

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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