Fishing at Pine River in Michigan

Fishing at Pine River in Michigan
The Pine River is in Manistee National Forest in Michigan. It is a high-gradient stream with clear waters and protected by seasonal fishing regulations. The river is a National Scenic River that attracts paddlers and anglers each year. As a state-designated Natural River and a blue-ribbon trout stream, fishing at the Pine River involves wild strains of trout catches.

Access Sites

Anglers have a variety of access points along the Pine River. These include Low Bridge, Peterson Bridge, Dobson Bridge and Elm Flats. A recreation pass is required at these access sites and it can be purchased at any Forest Service office. Other access sites with no passes required include Edgetts, Skookum Bridge and Lincoln Bridge. Additionally, two outfitters offer fishing guides and access: Outcast River Guides and Schmidt Outfitters.

Pine River / Manistee Ranger Station
412 Red Apple Road
Manistee, MI 49660


Species and Fishing Season

The river is designated as a National Wild and Scenic River as well as a Blue-Ribbon Trout Stream. It is a wild fishery with trout species such as brown, rainbow and brook trout. Fishing season at the Pine River is from the last Saturday in April until Sept. 30, as of March 2010.

Camping and Watercraft Fishing

Anglers who want to take advantage of park facilities can use any of the four National Forest access sites along the river: Elm Flats, Dobson Bridge, Peterson Bridge North and Low Bridge. All four access sites have amenities such as toilet facilities, picnic tables, grills and parking areas. Camping is only allowed at Peterson Bridge South Campground, along with private campgrounds nearby. Fishing with watercraft is allowed within the courtesy hours of 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. A watercraft permit is required for all anglers on the river from May 15 to Sept. 10. Anglers can also rent canoes and kayaks from a local livery, where permits can be obtained. If you have your own canoe or kayak for fishing, reservations can be made by calling the Baldwin Ranger Station.

U.S. Forest Services/ Baldwin Ranger Station
650 Michigan Ave.
Baldwin, MI 49304-7128


Article Written By Rona Aquino

Rona Aquino began writing professionally in 2008. As an avid marathon runner and outdoor enthusiast, she writes on topics of running, fitness and outdoor recreation for various publications. Aquino holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and English from the University of Maryland College Park.

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