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Pine Cleanup Peterson - Low
South of the intersection of M-55 and M-37
Midway between Manistee and Cadillac
We’ll spend the day paddling from Peterson to Low, just south of the intersection of M-55 and M-37. This section is the most heavily used of the Pine River corridor, and it's quite common for novice paddlers to capsize, so we should be finding lots of stuff right after the holiday weekend.
The Pine River is one of our favorite streams; it's a National Scenic River and requires watercraft permits for the bulk of the summer paddling season. We have arranged to get free permits for everyone, courtesy of the rangers who appreciate our efforts. They will also provide free vehicle permits, and the kind folks at Pine River Paddlesports Center will give us a free shuttle. If you would like to use a free loaner kayak for this trip, we can arrange that as well.
Hopefully the temperature will be high enough so that diving for loose pop cans will be refreshing. This trip will give you a chance to practice precise maneuvering skills in your boat, but it is not a trip for beginning paddlers.
The Pine has exceptionally clear water, and is one of the prettiest rivers in northern Michigan. We will paddle for a couple of hours, then take a break for lunch, and continue on downstream picking up debris as we go. It would be best to bring a boat that turns easily, as well as a "grabber stick". We will bring large trash bags; please bring some small ones.
Details about exact meeting time will be sent to all registrants with your e-mail confirmation.
Pine River (Peterson Bridge)
Drive to the corner of M-37 and M-55 (about 45 minutes south of Chums Corner), and then continue south on M-37 for another mile. Turn left (east) at the Peterson Bridge
canoe access, before you cross the river. Drive all the way down the hill to the landing at the riverside. Reminder: you will need a Manistee National Forest permit to park your vehicle. Do not follow M-37 over the river to the south shore and the campground; if you look over the edge and see the Pine River, you went too far.
Coordinates: 44.203405,-85.79941 (verified)
Map to Peterson access
Shuttles along the Pine River