Little Manistee River

Manistee, Michigan

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A quick and narrow river that winds through Manistee National Forest, this favorite of local anglers sees relatively light paddling traffic. The Little Manistee is an attractive stream that offers good paddling for competent canoeists looking to escape for a day trip or overnight excursion. Yet the allure of other nearby rivers (Pere Marquette, Manistee, and Pine) keeps paddling traffic relatively light. Even on summer weekends, the hordes of canoeists that routinely descend on the river’s better-known neighbors are absent from the Little Manistee. But you will still need to keep an eye out for anglers, for this is one of the Lower Peninsula’s more popular trout streams.
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by Kevin Hillstrom & Laurie Collier Hillstrom (Falcon Guides)

A quick and narrow river that winds through Manistee National Forest, this favorite of local anglers sees relatively light paddling traffic.

The Little Manistee is an attractive stream that offers good paddling for competent canoeists looking to escape for a day trip or overnight excursion. Yet the allure of other nearby rivers (Pere Marquette, Manistee, and Pine) keeps paddling traffic relatively light. Even on summer weekends, the hordes of canoeists that routinely descend on the river’s better-known neighbors are absent from the Little Manistee. But you will still need to keep an eye out for anglers, for this is one of the Lower Peninsula’s more popular trout streams.

©  Kevin Hillstrom & Laurie Collier Hillstrom/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Manistee
Distance: 23.5
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 7 - 10 hours
Class: Class I
Season: Best May to June
Local Contacts: Huron - Manistee National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Manistee, Star Corners, Udell, Peacock
Driving Directions: Directions to Little Manistee River

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