in Mason, Manistee, Lake and Oceana Counties, Michigan
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BOATING refers to the use of all small non-motorized watercraft, such as canoes, kayaks, rowboats, small sailboats, sailboards, etc. Use your own judgement as to which type of craft is appropriate at various locations. Taking a canoe or kayak on Lake Michigan needs careful attention to the weather. Taking sailcraft on a river may be silly.
The Manistee River is usually canoed from the M-66 Bridge in Wexford County to Tippy Dam, but can be paddled all the way to Lake Michigan. This website focuses on the Manistee County sites. This is a designated Wild and Scenic Waterway between Tippy Dam and the M-55 Bridge. This is a listing of the landings upstream to downstream, but detailed information will ultimately be provided only for those from M-115 downstream
The times listed below are taken from various sources, and will vary with the season of the year, current, paddler's abilities
from M-66 - 3 hours to Coster Road
from Coster Road - 1 1/2 hours to Lucas Road
from Lucas Road - 3 1/2 hours to US 131
from US 131 - 4 hours to Baxter Bridge
from Baxter Bridge - south side, no bridge, 3 1/2 hours to 23 Road
from 23 Road - 2 hours to Harvey Bridge
from Harvey Bridge - 3 hours to Glengary
from Glengary - 1 hours to M-115 Bridge
from M-115 Bridge - portage, 1 hour to Hodenpyl Dam
from Hodenpyl Dam - 4 hours to Red Bridge
from Red Bridge - DNR fee site, portage, north side, no bridge, 6 miles, depends on wind (flat water), 3 1/2 hours typical to Tippy Dam
from Tippy Dam - north side, 2 hours to Highbridge
from Highbridge - 3 hours to Bear Creek
from Bear Creek - 1 1/2 hours to Rainbow Bend
from Rainbow Bend - 4 hours, (26 miles from Tippy Dam, this portion designated Wild and Scenic) to M-55 Bridge
from M-55 Bridge - 34 miles, more detail coming soon to Lake Michigan
White River Oceana and Muskegon Counties
The White River can be paddled from Hesperia in Oceana County to Lake Michigan. This is a listing of the landings upstream to downstream.
The times listed below are taken from various sources, and will vary with the season of the year, current, paddler's abilities, and float times in a tube are consderably slower.