Upper Big Manistee River

Big Manistee River is one of the premier rivers of Michigan, offering over 90 miles of access and varied difficulty levels, from beginner to expert paddling experiences (depending on the segment).  This river is wide and smooth-flowing.  Some parts have tighter navigation and fast switchbacks, which may take you a little off guard, but overall in the Cadillac region, this river is perfect for the casual paddler.  With all of those switchbacks, you will quickly find many sandbars, perfect for socializing and sunbathing.





River Access Points

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Hodenypl Dam is a no fee access point just below the Dam. A portage is required to get to this access point from [...]
This community park offers a lot of amenities and scenic overlooks at the waters edge.
Veterans Memorial Community park, West Mesick Avenue, Mesick, MI, USA
Glengary Bridge offers a primitive launch/access site just off the shoulder of N 11 Rd.
No Fee Area with gravel/dirt road parking site with hard concrete launch site.
Harvey Bridge, Buckley, MI, USA
The Baxter Bridge Access – also known as the Old US 131 State Forest Canoe Pull Out, is a popular access point on the [...]
Old 131 state forest canoe pull out, No 29 1/2 Road, Manton, MI, USA
The Manistee River Roadside Park (US 131 Roadside Park/River Access) is a full amenity roadside park with easy drop in access to the Big [...]
Manistee River Roadside Park, U.S. 131, Fife Lake, MI, USA


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Chippewa Landing’s friendly service, natural setting, and top quality equipment will always assure a great paddlesport experience. The first and friendliest name in camping, [...]
Rentals Available:
  • Kayak Rentals
  • Canoe Rentals
  • Raft Rentals
  • Tube Rentals
10420 Chippewa Landing Trail, Manton, Michigan 49663
Located in the heart of Michigan’s Huron-Manistee National Forest, Pine River Paddlesports Center is where family fun begins. We’re up North but close by.
Rentals Available:
  • Kayak Rentals
  • Canoe Rentals
  • Raft Rentals
  • Tube Rentals
9590 S. M-37, Wellston, Michigan 49689

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