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Betsie River - 6 miles northeast of Thompsonville - 44 miles.  Designated as a Wild-Scenic River.  Put-in at Grass Lake Forest Campground.  Shallow water in upper portion.  Camping on public land.  Frequent access points.  Dam portage.  Takeout at Betsie Lake.


Boardman River - 7 miles south of Williamsburg - 24 miles.  For experienced canoeists.  Designated as a Wild-Scenic River.  Put-in at Forks Forest Campground.  Campgrounds on upper section.  Dam portages. Known for trout fishing.  Take-out at Traverse City on Traverse Bay.


Inland Waterway - 40 miles.  Chain of lakes and rivers.  Crooked Lake to Lake Huron at Cheboygan.  Winds and large boat wakes can be hazardous in Burt and Mullet Lakes.  Route passes through two locks.  Campgrounds


Pere Marquette River - 2.5 miles south of Baldwin.  38 miles. Designated a National Scenic River.  USFS permit required.  Put-in at M-37 bridge.  Rapids.  For experienced canoeists.  Few campgounds.  Numerous access sites.  Takeout at Custer Bridge.  Heavy used by fishermen and canoeists.


Pere Marquette River, Big Sout Branch - 5 miles south of Baldwin.  15 miles.  Put-in at Campbell Bridge off Walhalla Road.  Flows primarily through wooded areas.  Camping on Manistee National Forest land.


Pine River - 5.5 miles north of Luther.  Popular river suitable for experienced canoeists.  USFS permit required in season.  Put-in at Silver Creek Forest Campground.  Rapids.  No camping within 0.25 miles of river except at established campgrounds.  Takeout at Low Bridge.


Platte River - 2 miles southeast of Honor.  13 miles. Suitable for beginning canoeists.  Put-in at Platte River Forest Campground.  Passes through Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.  Takeout at Lake Michigan.


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