manistee river trail


foot bridgeThe The Manistee River is one of Michigan’s premier canoe floats. Clear, cool water, good fishing, and excellent wildlife watching can be found here year round. This 30-mile stretch of the river from M-37 above the Village of Mesick (Explore Mesick) to Tippy Dam near Wellston features many miles of undeveloped, natural shoreline in the Manistee National Forest, plus the Hodenpyl Dam and Tippy Dam Pond areas. There are plenty of public access sites along the route where canoes and small boats can be launched. A variety of opportunities for observing wildlife from these accessible shoreline locations are also available

Trail - There is a good chance of viewing bald eagles on Hodenpyl Pond from several shoreline points. Try the new barrier-free shoreline observation deck at the Veteran’s Memorial Park, one mile west of Mesick on M-115, or the Roadside Scenic Turnout two miles south of Mesick on M-37.

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