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Before You Begin:

Welcome to the Pere Marquette on! Before you begin making a reservation, familiarize yourself with the new reservation system (create a profile, login and look around!), view tips about making reservations, and read our frequently asked questions. As in the past, each reservation is limited to a maximum of eight watercraft. A maximum of four reserved trip dates, made one at a time, including a holiday weekend, per person, will be allowed.

Why is the Quota Doubled?

In order to accommodate the new reservation system, the quota was artificially doubled. In reality, the quota system remains as it has in the past. For example, in the past, 12 permits were available mid-week on River Segment 1; now the quota will show 24 available. Rest-assured, the quota remains as it has in the past to ensure protection of the river's outstanding and remarkable values while providing high-quality recreational experiences.

Make a Reservation: One Type of Watercraft

For 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.”

Make a Reservation: Combination of Watercraft

For a permit with a combination of watercraft (such as one canoe and three kayaks or two tandem kayaks and one raft), please click here to learn more about calculating your total number of watercraft in the new reservation system.

Pere Marquette National Scenic River Watercraft Permits (Huron Manistee), MI

part ofHuron-Manistee National Forests, US Forest Service
Photo: Pere Marquette National Scenic River Watercraft Permits (Huron Manistee)


In 1978, sixty-six miles of the Pere Marquette were designated a National Scenic River. The Pere Marquette River is the longest unregulated (no dams or impoundments) river system in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. The river is a nationally known, high-quality stream supporting large populations of resident trout, steelhead and salmon.

The Pere Marquette River, within the Forest’s boundary, has been divided into three non-motorized watercraft segments: Segment 1 - Forks to Bowman Bridge; Segment 2 - Bowman Bridge to Upper Branch Bridge; and Segment 3 - Upper Branch Bridge to Indian Bridge. The river’s characteristics and the setting vary by river segment. Someone wanting a recreation experience where there is a good chance of encountering others would enjoy Segment 1; those wanting the opportunity to experience more solitude would appreciate Segment 3.

Camping within the river corridor on National Forest lands is allowed only at designated sites. Sites range from developed campgrounds to primitive, canoe-in only sites. Fees for camping and using river access sites are charged under the Recreation Fee Enhancement Act. Check the bulletin board at each site for fees and additional information.

Know Before You Go
Watercraft permits are required for all watercraft, including tubes, from the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend through the Monday of Labor Day Weekend for a fee of $2.

Watercraft hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Much of the river corridor is privately owned. Use only public sites for rest stops. Respect private property.

Each watercraft occupant must have a personal flotation device (PFD), children 6 and under must wear a PFD at all times.

Camping and campfires at designated sites only.

Fireworks, nudity, glass bottles, and styrofoam are not permitted.

Contact Information

Baldwin-White Cloud District
650 N. Michigan Ave.,
P.O. Box Drawer D
Baldwin, Michigan 49304
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