Pere Marquette River Permit Policy
Make a Reservation: Combination of WatercraftFor a permit including a combination of watercraft on the Pere Marquette, please review the new watercraft values below.
After selecting "Combination of Watercraft" from the drop-down menu at the left (under "Find Permits"), the system will prompt you to enter the number of "Watercraft." The new reservation system has assigned a value to each type of watercraft. You will need to total your watercraft according to the following new values:
Examples of Combination Watercraft Trips
Make a Reservation: One Type of WatercraftFor a permit with a single-type of watercraft such as canoes, kayaks, tandem kayaks, rafts, driftboats or tubes, please begin the reservation process at the left under "Find Permits" by selecting the appropriate amount of watercraft you wish to bring. Remember, each reservation is limited to a maximum of 8 watercraft.
Frequently Asked QuestionsHow can I get help if I am confused with the new reservation system?
Answer: If you have questions or need assistance in making a reservation, please call Recreation.gov at 877-444-6777, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern Time.
Why are there different values for certain watercraft on the Pere Marquette (e.g., 1 canoe equals 2 canoes)?
Answer: The quota for watercraft had to be artificially doubled in the new reservation system. In order to accommodate this, we had to assign new values to each watercraft. For those visitors reserving only one type of watercraft (e.g., you are only reserving a permit for kayaks), the system will calculate your watercraft and deplete the quota for you. For those visitors reserving a combination of watercraft (e.g., you are reserving a permit for 1 kayak and 1 raft), you must calculate your total watercraft first using the new values and enter the total number of watercraft in order for the quota to deplete properly.
Why has the permit quota increased this year? When I look at the calendar view, it appears there are many more permits available than in the past.
Answer: In order to accommodate the new reservation system, the quota had to be artificially doubled. As you progress through the reservation process and arrive at the calendar view, each available day marked with an "A" has the total quota below it. These numbers have been increased artificially in order for the system to calculate watercraft totals. The Huron-Manistee National Forest remains committed to our policies, including the quota. In reality, the quota remains as it has to ensure protection of the river's outstanding and remarkable values while providing high-quality recreational experiences.
I am trying to make a reservation for 8 canoes and my selected date and river segment shows 12 in the quota. Why can't I make a reservation?
Answer: The quota for watercraft had to be artificially doubled in the new reservation system. In order to accommodate this, we had to assign new values to each watercraft. For example, each canoe now uses two in the quota. Therefore, you would need 16 in the quota (8 canoes x 2) to be available for your group.
In the past I was able to go to the District office and get a permit for that day if there was quota available. Can I still do that?
Answer: Yes, you can go to the District office in Baldwin, Manistee or the Supervisor's Office in Cadillac and get a permit for a trip if there is quota. You will still be required to pay the $6 transaction fee and $2 for each watercraft.