Pine River

Luther, Michigan

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Swift and strong, the Pine River has a North Country ambience and challenging runs that make it one of the Lower Peninsula’s top paddling destinations. The Pine River is one of the most appealing streams in the entire state. Passing through Manistee National Forest and other public land for much of its length, the cold, clear river rambles past banks that bristle with towering pines and deep hardwood forests. This natural beauty, combined with the river’s reputation as one of the fastest in the Lower Peninsula, makes it a real gem for canoeing and river kayaking enthusiasts. In fact, the Pine’s charms attract so many paddling visitors that the U.S. Forest Service instituted a canoe permit system for the river back in 1978 that remains in force today. This system controls overuse somewhat, but be warned that thick clots of paddlers do descend on the river on many summer weekends.
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by Kevin Hillstrom & Laurie Collier Hillstrom (Falcon Guides)

Swift and strong, the Pine River has a North Country ambience and challenging runs that make it one of the Lower Peninsula’s top paddling destinations. The Pine River is one of the most appealing streams in the entire state. Passing through Manistee National Forest and other public land for much of its length, the cold, clear river rambles past banks that bristle with towering pines and deep hardwood forests.

This natural beauty, combined with the river’s reputation as one of the fastest in the Lower Peninsula, makes it a real gem for canoeing and river kayaking enthusiasts. In fact, the Pine’s charms attract so many paddling visitors that the U.S. Forest Service instituted a canoe permit system for the river back in 1978 that remains in force today. This system controls overuse somewhat, but be warned that thick clots of paddlers do descend on the river on many summer weekends.

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

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Luther
Distance: 40
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 12 - 16 hours
Class: Class I-II
Season: Best May to October
Local Contacts: Manistee National Forest, Pere Marquette State Forest
Local Maps: USGS Reed City North, Chase, Luther, Stewart Lake, Wellston NE, Wellston
Driving Directions: Directions to Pine River

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