manistee river trail
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
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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