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Status: Closed through Wed May 07 2014   Season Dates


Peterson Bridge Campground is located on the Pine River in Michigan’s Manistee National Forest. The location on the river makes it ideal for canoeists and those looking to experience the adventure of this swift moving river.

Natural Features:

The Pine River is well known as one of the most outstanding canoeing and trout fishing rivers in the Midwest. The river gradient is 7% and, depending upon the season, offers the fasted average flow of any river in lower Michigan. The lower 26 miles of the Pine River have been designated a National Wild and Scenic River.


With access to the river so close, floating the Pine River is a popular activity at Peterson Bridge. Several locations near the campground offer canoe rentals. Supporting outstanding trout fishing, the Pine River is also a “Blue Ribbon” cold-water fishery. For State Fishing Regulations consult the Michigan Department of Natural Resources website, website http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/.


The facility offers several tent sites which are walk-in only. Those tent sites on the river bank can also be accessed from the river.
In addition, the facility offers RV sites with many of the sites at this facility offering shade and seclusion.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Pit Toilets
  • Accessible Sites
  • Accessible Swimming
  • Drinking Water
  • Firewood
  • Flush Toilets
  • Host
  • Ice Machine
  • Parking Area
  • Paved Parking Spurs
  • Paved Roads
  • Picnic Area
  • River Access
  • River Trips
  • Self Pay Station
  • Tables
  • Tent Pads
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
  • Water
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Canoe Rentals
Know Before You Go
  • The Pine River is under a watercraft permit system with permits required May 15 - Labor Day. Click here for reservations for Pine National Scenic River Watercraft Permits.
  • An extra vehicle fee applies after the first vehicle and will be collected at the campground.
  • Some sites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • All equipment must fit on the site pad. Vehicles park in developed areas only.
  • This is a National Wild and Scenic River; because of this status special regulations apply at this facility.
    • Don't move firewood: To limit the spread of invasive tree-killing pests, firewood from outside the area is not permitted. Some states have quarantines and may confiscate your firewood. Please help protect our forests from invasive species by obtaining your firewood at or near your camping destination and burning it on-site. Visit don'tmovefirewood.org for more information.

    Getting There:

    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    44.20417, -85.79611
    44°12'15"N, 85°47'46"W

    Please note: Peterson Bridge Campground is located on Highway 3T at Pine River Bridge, South of Highway 55.
    From Baldwin, MI: Take State Rt. 37 north about 21 miles to campground sign (just before Pine River bridge). Turn right into campground.
    From the north: follow M-37 south 1.5 miles from its junction with M-55. Turn left into the area after crossing the bridge over the Pine River.
    From the south: follow M-37 north 21.5 miles from Baldwin. Turn right into the area prior to crossing the bridge over the Pine River.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    Highway 3T @ Pine River Bridge, South of Highway 55
    Wellston MI 49689

    Phone Number:

    Project Office:(231)723-0141