Paddling our Rivers in Manistee County
Looking to find that perfect river to float? Well you are in luck, we have many fantastic paddling or floating rivers. The Little Manistee River, Big Manistee River, Pine River are great paddling rivers for all experience levels. If you are looking for a lazy day float, try the lower half of Bear Creek in the late summer/early fall for great fall color! Browse any of these great rivers below!
Number of Rivers in Manistee County
White Water Rivers
Number of Access Sites
EXPLORE OUR WATERWAYSDownload a complete guide to all of the rivers in Manistee County. Included you will find float times/charts and GPS locations for each access site. Download a Map of all the Manistee County Rivers
Explore the Rivers in the Manistee County Area
With 250+ river miles to explore… there is no shortage of paddling and fishing opportunities on the rivers of Manistee. Here you will find a complete list of rivers in our region and recommended routes, trips and float times.
River Tips and Recommendations
Best River for Families: Big Manistee River – This top Michigan river is ideal for families traveling to the region, as it is wide and there are plenty of rental liveries servicing the various segments.
Best River for Experienced Paddlers: Pine River – This river contains some of the only white water in the Lower Peninsula. This river is frequented by expert paddlers throughout the season, however, the early spring thaw attracts many from around the Midwest as this is the time of year when the river is at its swiftest current.
Best River for a Tube/Float: Little Manistee River – This great river, is shallow and is great for those looking for a quick 2-3 hour afternoon float.
No Watercraft? No Problem… search our great rental liveries and companies serving the waterways around Manistee County.