Canoeing In Michigan


Manistee River in Michigan

The Manistee River in the U.S. state of Michigan, runs approximately 232 miles through the northern Lower Peninsula, through the villages of Sharon, Smithville, Mesick, and enters Lake Michigan at Manistee. It is considered, like the nearby Au Sable River, to be one of the best trout fisheries east of the Rockies. The river rises in the sand hills in southeastern Antrim County, on the border with Otsego County, about six miles southeast of the town of Alba. These deep glacial sands provide it with a remarkably stable flow of clean cold water year round, making it a popular river for fishing as well as canoeing. Over the course of its length, it drops in elevation from around 1300 feet to 582 feet, with an average stream gradient of about 2.9 feet per mile.

Trip - Beautiful Weather 9:30 amto 3:30 pm
Date: July 7, 2007
Start: Fire Lane - No Bridge
Finish: Wilderness Canoe Trips
Miles: 20 miles - 6 1/2hours
With: Leslie Watson, William Eubank


Got home about 9:00 pm



Put in at Fire Lane about 9:15

Taking a hard boiled egg break about 10:30 AM

This would be lunch break about 11:45.

Coming up on theHarvey Bridge - fellows jumping off from about 20' up - one fellow said he hurt his ankle.

Approaching the take out West of M-37 bridge.

The Big Manistee starts as a narrow stream north of Grayling and spreads to more then 125 feet wide by the time it snakes its way westward near Mesick. Relax and enjoy almost 200 miles of rapid-free river, uninterrupted by portages and with few signs of civilization. Gentle currents will carry you effortlessly through scenic woodland teeming with wildlife. Quiet solitude provides a refuge for Beaver, Mink, Muskrat, Otter, Raccoon, Deer and more. Rainbow Trout, Pike, Walleye and Brown Trout flirt with the fishermen while Brook Trout entice anglers into the feeder streams. Share the river with Ducks, Geese, Swans and other waterfowl. Picnic among bouquets of wildflower shaded by Maple, Cedar and Jack pines.

Wilderness Canoe Trips

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