The Pine River

Designated a National Wild and Scenic River and a Blue Ribbon Trout Stream, The Pine River in Cadillac is a popular destination for both adventurous paddlers and seasoned fishermen. Deep river channels, high exposed sand banks, diverse wildlife and vegetation contribute to the overall scenic feel of the river.

Canoeing and kayaking are the primary activities on this river, with much of the appeal being the fast water and light rapids, as it is known for providing the fastest average flow of any river in lower Michigan. Beginning paddlers may find the rapids and currents challenging, but it rated a Class I-II river. Spring levels of 2.0 or higher can give it a full Class II rating, but the more typically encountered levels are in the 0.5 range.

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River Access Points

Found 10 listings
The highest point on the river with access, however, a 1/8 mile trek with your watercraft down a difficult embankment and trail is required [...]
Meadow Brook Bridge offers convenient access off 6 Mile Road.  The launch is near the dirt parking area on the east side of the [...]
Skookum offers a primitive parking area with small information board and single vault toilet.  The launch is fairly wide open, with stairs to the [...]
Walker Bridge offers a drop-off/pick-up location only with a steep embankment and a primitive trail on the east side of the bridge.  This location [...]
Lincoln offers a relatively easy drop in with a wide open grassy area leading down from a dirt parking loop.  
Elm Flats is a US Forest Service area with access to the Pine River.  Elm Flats is equipped with plenty of parking, dedicated launching [...]
Dobson Bridge is a US Forest Service area with access to the Pine River.  Dobson has two varied parking areas, one for loading/unloading and [...]
Peterson is a US Forest Service area with access to the Pine River.  The launch area is on the north side of the river, [...]
Low Bridge is a US Forest Service access area.  This area provides easy, direct access to one of the lowest locations on the pine [...]
Norman Dixon is a township park area with direct access to the upper backwaters of the Tippy Dam Pond. The area offers a lot [...]

RENTAL LIVERIES



Found 3 listings
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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