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Pere Marquette National Scenic River Watercraft Permits (Huron Manistee)
650 N. Michigan Ave., P.O. Box Drawer D
Baldwin, MI 49304
Wild and Scenic River: Camp, Water Sports
In 1978, sixty-six miles of the Pere Marquette were designated a National Scenic River. The Pere Marquette River is the longest unregulated (no dams or impoundments) river system in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. The river is a nationally known, high-quality stream supporting large populations of resident trout, steelhead and salmon, as well as, being a popular canoeing and kayaking destination each summer.
Camping within the river corridor on National Forest lands is allowed only at designated sites, Bowman Bridge Campgroundand Gleason’s Landing Campground. Sites range from developed campgrounds to primitive, canoe-in only sites. Fees for camping and using river access sites are charged under the Recreation Fee Enhancement Act. Check the bulletin board at each site for fees and additional information.
This permit allows the permit holder and their group to use watercraft on the Pere Marquette River. Permits are required for all watercraft, including tubes and stand up paddle boards, from the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend through the Monday of Labor Day Weekend for a recreation fee of $2 per watercraft. A maximum of eight watercraft per reservation is allowed.
Permits are available in advance beginning January 1 each year and are required on the Pere Marquette River between Forks and Indian Bridge public access sites.
One Day, Multiple Segment Trips: To float multiple segments of the river on the same day, please select each desired segment for that day prior to booking. This will ensure all segments you selected for the one day will included on one permit. You may not reserve another segment for the same day once you have booked a permit for that day.