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.


Mason County go to Mason County map
   Ludington go to Ludington city map

Manistee County go to Manistee County map

Lake County go to Lake County map

Oceana County go to Oceana County map
   Hesperia go to Hesperia village map

Pere Marquette River Lake and Mason Counties

This is a designated Wild and Scenic Waterway between The Forks and Custer Bridge. If you wish to canoe on this portion of the Pere Marquette River you need a permit between May 15 and September 10. There are special regulations   which apply. Private watercraft permits may be reserved by calling 1-231-745-4631. Some of the landings along the river require a Recreation Fee sticker to park there. This is a listing of the landings from the farthest upstream to downstream of the portions considered canoeable.

The times listed below are taken from various sources, and will vary with the season of the year, current, paddler's abilities
  • The Forks at the fork of the Middle and Little South Branches, south side M-37 crossing - , 0.7 miles, 15 minutes to M-37
  • from M-37 - 3.7 miles, 1 1/2 hour to Green Cottage, south side, no bridge
  • from Green Cottage - 4.7 miles, 2 hours to Gleason's Landing, north side, no bridge
  • from Gleason's Landing - 2.6 miles, 1 hour to Bowman Bridge south side, road bridge not at landing, no access to north side
  • from Bowman Bridge - 7.3 miles, 2 hours to Rainbow Rapids, north side, no bridge
  • from Rainbow Rapids - 3.1 miles, 2 1/4 hours to Sulak Landing, south side, no bridge
  • from Sulak Landing - 2.7 miles, 45 minutes (add 10 minues to Elk Campground canoe-in campsite) to Upper Branch Bridge, south side
  • from Upper Branch Bridge - 2.6 miles, 1 1/4 hours (add 1 1/4 hours to Logmark Campground canoe-in campsite) to Lower Branch Bridge, south side,
  • from Lower Branch Bridge - 3.7 miles, 1 1/2 hours to Maple Leaf Access, north side, no bridge, (Logmark canoe-in campground is slightly before you reach Maple Leaf)
  • from Maple Leaf Access - 3.8 miles, 1 1/2 hours to Walhalla Bridge, south side
  • from Walhalla Bridge - 5.5 miles, 3 hours to Indian Bridge, south side
  • from Indian Bridge - 2.4 miles, 2 hour to Custer Bridge, south side- portage required
  • from Custer Bridge - 6 miles, 1 1/2 hours to Scottville Riverside Park, north side- west of bridge
  • from Scottville Riverside Park - 20 miles, 6 hours to Pere Marquette River Flats, south side
  • from Pere Marquette River Flats - 0.5 miles, 15 minutes to Sutton's Landng, south side, off Iris Road,
  • from Sutton's Landing - ? hours flat paddling on Pere Marquette Lake to Lake Michigan

Manistee River Manistee County

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.
  • from Hesperia - Vida Weaver Park or Hesperia Dam 2 hours to Taylor Bridge
  • from Taylor Bridge - 3 hours to Pines Point
  • from Pines Point - 4 hours to Sischo
  • from Sischo - 3 hours to Diamond Point
  • from Diamond Point - 4 hours to Trading Post Landing
  • from Trading Post Landing - 1 hour ? to Hilt's Landing
  • from Hilt's Landing - 1 hour ? to White Lake
  • from White Lake - ? hours to Lake Michigan, generally not paddled because of slow times on flat water

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