The safety of visitors and protection of this wonderful, natural resource, are always our top priorities. As such, securing our watercraft also comes with agreement from you and your guests to the following:

  • Glass bottles/containers, foam containers/coolers are prohibited on the Pine National Scenic River.
  • Clothing is required at all times.
  • Each watercraft occupant must have a Personal Flotation Device (PFD). Children 6 and under must wear a PFD at all times.
  • Camping and campfires in the Pine River corridor are only allowed at designated areas.
  • Carry and display permit upon request of any Forest Officer.

Additional trip planning information includes:

  • Bring onion bags or dry bags to fasten all belongings to your watercraft to prevent loss and littering.
  • Pick-up and dispose of all trash at the appropriate stations.
  • Additional fees ($5) are required at most day-use sites, including Elm Flats, Dobson, Peterson and Low Bridge.
  • Fireworks are always illegal and drugs are always prohibited.
  • Practice Leave No Trace Ethics. Be respectful of private property.
  • Adhere to the four beverage/person limit. Bring drinking water with you or obtain from filters.
  • The Pine National Scenic River contains unique riparian landforms with a deeply incised river channel. The high, exposed, sandy banks are fragile. Climbing the steep, sandy banks accelerates erosion rates and has detrimental effects on the river resource.
  • The Pine River is a “Blue-Ribbon” cold-water fishery. In order to reduce conflicts between anglers and non-anglers, watercraft users are encouraged to limit boating hours between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily. Consult Michigan Department of Natural Resources for more fishing information.
  • Launching and retrieving of motorized watercraft on National Forest System Lands in the corridor is prohibited.
  • Any Questions please contact us at 231-862-3571 or