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This is the first National Wild & Scenic River in Michigan. There's no dams, so the fishing... read more

Reviewed August 25, 2018
ccindyk48
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Westville, Indiana
Come in late September to see the salmon run

Great river good for all ages easy float and if you come in late September you will see 100's of... read more

Reviewed September 26, 2017
maryjok456
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed August 25, 2018

This is the first National Wild & Scenic River in Michigan. There's no dams, so the fishing & boating is great. My husband wanted to check it out for future fishing, so we spent a day wandering around the area. He fished, but was unsuccessful. The runs of salmon start in Sept, so we went too early.
There's 21 river access points. They have brochures at most of them, so pick one up. Not all access points require the $5 day use fee. Some have pit toilets, all have a boat launch. There's 8 that have some form of camping, be it hike in or drive in.
None have
electricity. We drove to 9 out of the 21 sites.
I was able to walk down the river on a hiking path at Lower Branch Bridge. The only other hike I could find was at Bowman Lake. There's trail access to the North Country Trail & a 1.1 mile lollipop loop trail at Bowman Lake. This is the left hiking trail when looking at the parking lot. It's suitable for families, but there's an incline going back to the parking lot.
Baldwin Canoe Rentals have a selection of rentals & also offer carspotting. It seemed pretty pricy to me, but it's the only game in the area.

Thank ccindyk48
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Reviewed January 13, 2018

We’ve kayaked the PM several times. We prefer the upper section. It’s a beautiful, calm river, mostly through the woods. We have River Run Canoe in Scottsville spot us up river as we have our own equipment. We like longer trips, so they take us up around Custer I think. Going further up river has fewer paddlers & no floaters for most of the trip. It’s about a three hour paddle back to the park in Scottsville.

Thank dcnwayne
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Reviewed September 26, 2017 via mobile

Great river good for all ages easy float and if you come in late September you will see 100's of salmon swimming upstream to spawn.

We used Baldwin canoe rental. Highly recommend them. They put you in the river then drive your car to the take out point. SWEET!!!

1  Thank maryjok456
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Reviewed September 25, 2017

I did a morning kayak trip and it was spectacular. Only fisherman along the stretch going for salmon, steelhead and lake trout. This segment was very easy to navigate. What a perfect way to start a Saturday morning!

Thank dsniegow
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Reviewed September 3, 2017

What a lovely place to visit, walk and watch the boats. Very romantic, quiet and clean. I look forward to visiting again very soon!

Thank maltesemama15
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Reviewed August 16, 2017 via mobile

Went kayaking with my wife and other family members on the Pere Marquette river. The river was pretty calm the day we were on it. Saw a few white swans along our trip, nice clean river and very popular for kayakers and fishing.
Looking forward to kayaking again and kayaking farther up the river.

Thank Chris S
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Reviewed August 3, 2017 via mobile

What a nice kayak trip. It was beautiful and peaceful. There was no trash and nobody. We launched at the MDNR Ramp, on the south fork, across from Expeditions Party Store. There was no one there. From there we paddled a 2 hour loop. We went east, upstream in deep slow current. The whole trip was rather slow current. A little way upstream from the ramp you reach the main river. Turn left there and you are paddling downstream. Paddle down past the Pere Maquette Highway bridge to the next fork. Go left there and the ramp is again upstream only a short way. If you wanted to get out at the highway bridge you would reduce your paddle by approximately 25%. But then you would have to walk back to the ramp which is not really too far. This was a real nice scenic peaceful private kayak ride. Try it you will like it.

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Reviewed July 24, 2017

This is a beautiful river to tube or kayak. Great for beginners as it has lots of slow areas and still some challenging spots with speed or with debris. River Run Canoe's did a great job for us, super friendly staff and efficient job done. Very nice van to take you to your put-in. We would definitely use them again!

1  Thank Elizabeth S
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Reviewed October 17, 2016 via mobile

Very large river off Lake Michigan/pere Marquette lake. Popular fishing spot for steelhead and Salmon. Several family friendly parks, boat launches and access points for wading. Also popular for kayak, canoes, tubing.

Thank Liz C
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Reviewed September 30, 2016

Kayak rentals are available, but the river is not wooded. It is all in the open wetlands winding through the cattails. Bring hats and suntan lotion if you paddle in the summer.

Thank atmananda
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