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The Water Trails of Michigan.
My sources.

Source 1. Hillstrom.
Paddling Michigan. Kevin and Laurie Collier Hillstrom. Falcon (2001).
The Locator Map on page ix shows their three regions for filing water trails.
I documented all 70 Michigan water trails described there.

Source 2. Counts.
The Paddler’s Guide to Michigan. Jeff Counts. Countryman Press (2011).
He uses five regions for Michigan; I documented all 48 Michigan water trails described there.
He documents also the Apostle Islands, a water trail in Wisconsin; I intend to add it to my CCR post for WI.

Unfinished business.
I need make identical my References for water trails documented in these books.

Source 3. Delorme.
The Atlas & Gazetteer (2019) for Michigan clarified several matters.
I document below an error regarding the Sturgeon River that flows into the west side of the Portage Waterway (which connects a bay of Lake Superior to the main body of the lake).

Michigan’s regions, as defined at
http://www.michiganwatertrails.org/regions.asp
Region 1. Upper Peninsula.
http://www.michiganwatertrails.org/uptrails.asp
Region 2. Northwestern Lower Peninsula.
http://www.michiganwatertrails.org/northwest.asp
Region 3. Northeastern Lower Peninsula.
http://www.michiganwatertrails.org/northeast.asp
Three water trails, one not official (whatever that means).
Region 4. Western Michigan.
http://www.michiganwatertrails.org/west.asp
Region 5. Mid-Michigan.
http://www.michiganwatertrails.org/mid_michigan.asp
Region 6. Saginaw Bay area.
http://www.michiganwatertrails.org/saginaw_bay.asp
Region 7. Michigan’s Thumb.
http://www.michiganwatertrails.org/thumb.asp
Region 8. Southwest Michigan.
http://www.michiganwatertrails.org/southwest.asp
Region 9. Southern Michigan.
http://www.michiganwatertrails.org/south.asp
Region 10. Southeast Michigan.
http://www.michiganwatertrails.org/southeast.asp

Opinion.
No paddler was consulted regarding the construction of these regions, for water trails are filed by coast, rather than by river or lake; the absurdities that result are too numerous to document.

My four regions for filing Water Trails.
I use “region” not “basin” in part because all Michigan waters flow into Lake Erie.

Region Superior.
Definition. The Michigan part of Lake Superior, Michigan waters flowing into the lake, and the Straits of Mackinac (which connect it to Lake Huron).
https://www.google.com/search?q=lake+su ... e&ie=UTF-8
https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/ ... e-superior
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Straits_of_Mackinac
Aside 1. The Lake Superior Water Trail is part of the Western Upper Peninsula Water Trail (documented below).
Aside 2. Segments of Lake Superior Water Trails outside Michigan.
Ontario. http://www.superiorconservancy.org/water-trail
Minnesota. https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/watertrails/lswt/index.html
Wisconsin. https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/watertra ... erior.html
http://www.nwrpc.com/868/Lake-Superior-Water-Trail

Region Michigan.
Definition. Lake Michigan and waters flowing into it (except those from the Straits of Mackinac).
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Michigan

Region Huron.
Definition. Lake Huron and waters flowing into it (except those from Lake Michigan and Canada); no waters downstream from Lake Huron.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Huron
https://www.michigan.org/great-lakes/lake-huron
http://ontheworldmap.com/usa/lake/lake- ... huron.html
Straits area Blueway.
http://www.michiganwatertrails.org/loca ... cv&cid=221
Huron Shores Coastal Water Trail.
http://www.michiganwatertrails.org/trai ... tv&ctid=13
Aside. The Inland Waterway is a 40-mile long historic water route that begins north of Petoskey and with a series of rivers and lakes and connects Conway, Oden, Alanson, Indian River, and Cheboygan to Lake Huron. A coastal route, part of the Huron Shores Blueways connects the city of Cheboygan to Mackinaw City and the Straits of Mackinac.
The water trails connect 7 state parks; numerous campgrounds, day-use parks, and resorts; 20 Little Traverse Conservancy Nature Preserves, and six communities. Combination paddle and pedal trips are possible since the North Central State Trail, the North Eastern State Trail, and the Northwestern State Trail all parallel segments of the water trail.

http://www.michiganwatertrails.org/trai ... cv&cid=133
The following bike trails (perhaps also hiking trails) are associated with the waterway.
North Central State Trail.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Central_State_Trail
https://www.trailscouncil.org/north-cen ... inaw-city/
etc.
North Eastern State Trail.
https://www.trailscouncil.org/north-eas ... -michigan/ , etc.
North Western State Trail.
https://www.trailscouncil.org/north-wes ... ate-trail/ , etc.

Region St Clair.
Definition. Waters from the downstream end of Lake Huron to Lake Erie.
Specific inclusions. The St Clair River, Lake St Clair and the Detroit River.
The St Clair River.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Clair_River
http://www.bluewaysofstclair.org/nature ... =cv&cid=15
Lake St Clair.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_St._Clair
https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/ ... e-st-clair
The Detroit River and Lake Erie.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Detroit_River
https://www.britannica.com/place/Detroit-River
https://www.britannica.com/place/Lake-Erie
Comment. The boundary between the Detroit River and Lake Erie is indistinct.
I define the region so that it includes water trails 1 and 2 of Counts.

Michigan’s peninsulas.
The Lower Peninsula is the mitten-like feature jutting northward from Ohio and Indiana. The Straits of Mackinac lie to the north, Lake Michigan to the west, and Lake Huron to the east.
The Upper Peninsula is bordered on the north by Lake Superior, on the northeast by Ontario, on the south by Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, on the southwest by Wisconsin, and on the northwest by Minnesota. It looks to me like a belly-up, chewed-up shark.
References.
https://maps.gosur.com/map/united-state ... gJ_mvD_BwE
http://www.michiganwatertrails.org/trai ... cv&cid=118

Four particular Michigan Water Trails.

1. The Western Upper Peninsula Water Trail
…encompasses all shoreline from the west to east, Michigan-Wisconsin border to Baraga County-Marquette County and even up in the Keweenah.
The trail traverses 319 miles along the southern shore of Lake Superior. It begins at the Michigan-Wisconsin border and passes around the Keweenaw Peninsula to the Baraga/Marquette County line. Passing by some of Michigan’s most rugged but beautiful coastline, it connects to the Keweenaw Water Trail, a separate designated paddling loop around and through the Keweenaw Peninsula. On its eastern edge, it is a short distance from the Hiawatha Water Trail that traverses around the City of Marquette and the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. [paraphrased]
http://www.paddlelakesuperior.org/about-the-trail/
http://www.michiganwatertrails.org/trai ... cv&cid=118

2. The Lake Superior Water Trail.
http://www.paddlelakesuperior.org/
http://www.superiorconservancy.org/water-trail
https://www.themcguffins.ca/lake-superior-water-trail/
https://500daysinthewild.com/the-lake-s ... ter-trail/

3. The Hiawatha Water Trail.
http://www.michiganwatertrails.org/trai ... cv&cid=122
https://www.hiawathawatertrail.org/
https://paddlingmag.com/trips/trips-hia ... ter-trail/
https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/trave ... -michigan/
https://www.grandmaraismichigan.com/vis ... -kayaking/
https://noquetrails.org/hiawatha/
https://www.ontarioparks.com/parksblog/ ... of-trails/

4. The Keweenaw Water Trail.
http://www.paddlelakesuperior.org/about-the-trail/
https://www.michigan.org/property/keweenaw-water-trail
http://kwta.org/
http://www.exploringthenorth.com/chassell/watermap.html
https://www.keweenaw.info/recreation/gr ... ent-angle/
https://www.keweenawadventure.com/sea-k ... ail-tours/
http://www.michiganwatertrails.org/trai ... cv&cid=118

More sources.
Each does little but assert the existence of the trail.

Source 1.
Southeast Lower Peninsula.
http://www.michiganwatertrails.org/southeast.asp
Northeast Lower Peninsula.
http://www.michiganwatertrails.org/northeast.asp
Upper Peninsula.
http://www.michiganwatertrails.org/trai ... cv&cid=118
Southwest Michigan.
http://www.michiganwatertrails.org/southwest.asp
West Michigan.
http://www.michiganwatertrails.org/west.asp
Northwest Michigan.
http://www.michiganwatertrails.org/northwest.asp

Source 2.
http://www.michiganwatertrails.org/uptrails.asp
The title Upper Peninsula Water Trails of the corresponding map is risible.
1. Circumnavigation of Isle Royale. The corresponding National Park is Michigan’s only such.
2. The Western Upper Peninsula trail skirts the shores of Lake Superior from the western tip of the Upper Peninsula to Huron Bay at the eastern border of Baraga County.
3. The Hiawatha trail runs 120 miles from Big Bay to Grand Marais Michigan on Lake Superior’s south shore; it follows a shoreline paddled by Native Americans, Voyageurs and early European explorers.
4. The Lake Superior East trail runs from Grand Marais to Whitefish Point on Lake Superior’s south shore.
5. The Saint Marys River trail runs along the Michigan side of the river from Sault Ste Marie to Drummond Island
6. The trail runs from the DeTour peninsula to St Ignace on Lake Huron’s north shore; it includes the islands of Mackinac and Bois Blanc.
7. The trail runs along the 400 miles of Lake Michigan’s north coast.

Source 3.
http://www.michiganwatertrails.org/
https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-3 ... --,00.html

Yet more sources.
https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/ ... /31285485/
https://www.google.com/search?q=michiga ... e&ie=UTF-8
http://www.michiganwatertrails.org/
https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-3 ... --,00.html
https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/michigan_ ... ew_website
https://wbckfm.com/michigan-water-trails/

Introduction.
The following provides summaries of water trails documented in the books of Hillstrom and Counts.
Should a water trail be documented in both, I must yet ensure that the references are identical.

Source Hillstrom.
Paddling Michigan. Kevin and Laurie Collier Hillstrom. Falcon (2001).
The Locator Map on page ix shows their three regions for filing water trails.
I documented all 70 Michigan water trails described there.

Hillstrom region 1. Southern Lower Michigan.

Cass River.
Hillstrom water trail 1. p 9.
Region Huron.
Character. A surprisingly pretty and remote-feeling river near the industrial centers of Flint and Saginaw. [Hillstrom]
Location. Between Flint and Saginaw at the base of Lower Michigan’s Thumb. [Hillstrom]
Information. The Cass River flows into the Shiawassee River in the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge, less than a mile from where the Shiawassee merges with the Tittabawassee River to form the Saginaw River. In turn, the Saginaw flows into Saginaw Bay of Lake Huron in the “Thumb” area of Michigan, southwest of the city of Saginaw. [Wikipedia, paraphrased]
Hazards are documented by Hillstrom.
Hillstrom documents the 23-mile reach from Chambers Road Bridge near Caro to Frankenmuth.
References.
http://www.michiganwatertrails.org/trai ... cv&cid=254
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caro,_Michigan
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cass_River_(Michigan)
http://www.cassriver.org/cass-river-water-trail.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chambers_ ... red_Bridge
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flint,_Michigan
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frankenmuth,_Michigan
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saginaw,_Michigan
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saginaw_River
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shiawassee_River
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shiawasse ... ife_Refuge
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tittabawassee_River

Dowagiac River.
Hillstrom water trail 2. p 12.
Region Michigan.
Character. A moderately paced, family-friendly river that winds under a shady canopy of shoreline hardwoods for much of its length. [Hillstrom]
Location. Eastern Cass County and Southern Berrien County. [Hillstrom]
Information. The Dowagiac flows into the St Joseph River, a tributary of Lake Michigan. [Wikipedia, paraphrased]
Hazards are documented by Hillstrom.
Hillstrom documents 14-mile reach from Dowagiac to Niles.
References.
http://www.michiganwatertrails.org/trai ... cv&cid=155
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dowagiac_River
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Josep ... e_Michigan)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dowagiac,_Michigan
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niles,_Michigan

Flat River.
Hillstrom water trail 3. p 16.
Region Michigan.
Character. A gentle but scenic river that is ideal for family excursions. [Hillstrom]
Location. Montcalm and Iona Counties in the west-central section of the Lower Peninsula. [Hillstrom]
Hazards are documented by Hillstrom.
Information. The Flat River is a tributary of the Grand River. Its source is the “Six Lakes” system in Belvidere Township. [Wikipedia, paraphrased]
Hillstrom documents the 28-mile reach from Greenville to Fallasburg Park.
References.
https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-3 ... --,00.html
http://www.grpaddling.com/excursions/ri ... lat-river/
https://www.michigan.org/city/six-lakes ... ix%20Lakes
https://www.kentcountyparks.org/fallasburg/
https://www.michigan.org/property/fallasburg-park
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_River_(Michigan)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenville,_Michigan
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belvidere ... ,_Michigan

Harsens Island. Kayak necessary.
Hillstrom water trail 4. p 20.
Region St Clair.
Character. A little-known watery paradise that offers a variety of pleasant day trips for Detroit-area paddlers. [Hillstrom]
Location. In the St Clair River at the north end of Lake St Clair. [Hillstrom]
More precisely, the island is located 20 miles south of Lake St Clair in the Blue Water Area on the Eastern Shores of Michigan. Ontario lies immediately to the east across the St Clair River.
Hazards are documented by Hillstrom.
Information. Harsens Island is a wet marshy location at the mouth of the St Clair River on Lake St Clair in the US state of Michigan. [Wikipedia]
References. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harsens_Island
http://www.michigandnr.com/publications ... WA_map.pdf
https://www.michigan.org/city/harsens-i ... s%20Island
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Clair_River
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_St._Clair
https://www.michigan.org/hot-spots/blue-water-area

Huron River.
Hillstrom water trail 5. p 23.
Region St Clair.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huron_River_(Michigan)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huron_River_(Michigan)#/media/File:Huron_River_Michigan_map.png
Character. A highly accessible river with a mellow temperament that makes it a favorite getaway for families throughout the Detroit metropolitan area. [Hillstrom].
Location. Oakland, Livingston, Washtenaw, and Wayne Counties in southeastern Lower Michigan. [Hillstrom].
Hazards are documented by Hillstrom.
Information. The river extends for over 100 miles from Commerce Lake in Oakland County to Lake Erie, but the paddling reach is broken into two parts. [Hillstrom]


The upper Huron River extends 55 miles from Proud Lake Recreation Area to Gallup Lake in Ann Arbor. 14-30 hours. [Hillstrom]
References.
https://www.michigan.org/property/proud ... ation-area
https://www.a2gov.org/departments/Parks ... allup.aspx

The lower Huron River extends 26 miles from Lower Huron Metropark to Pointe Mouillee State Game Area. 10-12 hours. [Hillstrom]
But the portage around the Flat Rock Dam can be blocked, if so splitting the reach.
References.
https://www.metroparks.com/parks/lower-huron-metropark/
http://www.michigandnr.com/publications ... GA_map.pdf
https://www.michigantrailmaps.com/membe ... game-area/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flat_Rock_Dam

The Pinckney Recreation Area “Chain of Lakes”.
Hillstrom water trail 6. p 33.
Region Huron.
Character. Pinckney’s rolling woodlands feature a cluster of interconnected small lakes that offer a mellow afternoon of paddling. [Hillstrom]
Location. 15 miles northwest of Ann Arbor in Washtenaw County. [Hillstrom]
Hazards are documented by Hillstrom.
Information. Waters appear to flow into the Huron River. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huron_River_(Michigan)#/media/File:Huron_River_Michigan_map.png
Opinion. Infested with homes, cottages and motorboat traffic.
References.
Pinckney. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinckney,_Michigan
https://www.michigan.org/city/pinckney# ... e=Pinckney
Pinckney Recreation Area. Northwest of Ann Arbor, near Silver Lake.
https://www.michigan.org/property/pinck ... ation-area
Bruin Lake campground. https://www.michigan.org/property/bruin-lake-campground https://www.mapquest.com/us/michigan/br ... -364797913
Crooked Lake campground. https://www.michigan.org/property/crook ... campground
Waterloo Recreation Area. West of Ann Arbor, north of I-94.
https://www.michigan.org/property/water ... ation-area

Pointe aux Barques. Kayak necessary.
Hillstrom water trail 7. p 37.
Region Huron.
Character. A varied piece of Lake Huron lakeshore that allows kayakers to view lighthouses, beaches, sand dunes, and rugged sandstone cliffs. [Hillstrom]
Location. On the tip of Lower Michigan’s Thumb, where Saginaw Bay meets Lake Huron. [Hillstrom]
Hazards are documented by Hillstrom.
Information. Approximately 20 miles of coastline, from Port Crescent State Park to the Pointe aux Barques Lighthouse. One water trail runs westward to the city of Port Austin and the dunes of Port Crescent State Park, the other eastward to the Pointe aux Barques Lighthouse and Museum. [Hillstrom]
References.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_Austin,_Michigan
https://www.michigan.org/property/port- ... state-park
https://pointeauxbarqueslighthouse.org/
https://www.michigan.org/property/point ... and-museum
http://www.pointeauxbarques.com/

Rogue River.
Hillstrom water trail 8. p 40.
Region Michigan.
Character. A quiet western Michigan River easily accessible to Grand Rapids-area paddlers. [Hillstrom]
Location. Kent County. [Hillstrom]
Hazards are documented by Hillstrom.
Hillstrom documents the 21-mile reach from Grange Road to the confluence with the Grand River (which junction lies north and a bit east of the city of Grand Rapids).
References.
https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-3 ... --,00.html
https://www.trailstotrout.com/river-info/rogue-river/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_River_(Michigan)
https://www.miottawa.org/Parks/grandriver.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Rapids,_Michigan

St John’s Marsh.
Hillstrom water trail 9. p 44.
Region Huron.
Character. A labyrinth of reeds and cattails teeming with wildlife. [Hillstrom]
Location. Near Algonac in the St Clair Flats. [Hillstrom]
Hazards are documented by Hillstrom.
Information. One mile wide and 2.5 miles long. [Hillstrom]
References.
http://www.michigandnr.com/publications ... WA_map.pdf
https://www.michigan.org/property/saint-john-s-marsh
http://www.bluewaysofstclair.org/nature ... =cv&cid=42
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Algonac,_Michigan

Thornapple River.
Hillstrom water trail 10. p 47.
Region Michigan.
Character. An easygoing stream that meanders through low southwest Michigan woodlands [Hillstrom]
Location. Barry County. [Hillstrom]
Hazards are documented by Hillstrom.
Information. The Thornapple is a tributary of the Grand River; the junction lies north of the I-94 bridge.
Hillstrom documents the 14-mile reach from Charlton Park through Hastings to the takeout below Airport Bridge Road.
References.
http://www.grpaddling.com/excursions/ri ... ple-river/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thornapple_River
https://paddling.com/paddle/trips/thorn ... 84&zoom=12
https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/mich ... pple-river
https://www.charltonpark.org/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hastings,_Michigan

Hillstrom region 2. Northern Lower Michigan.

Au Sable River.
Hillstrom water trail 11. p 50.
Region Huron.
Character. One of America’s legendary trout streams. [Hillstrom]
Location. Begins in Crawford County and winds through Oscoda, Alcona, and Iosco Counties before emptying into Lake Huron. [Hillstrom]
Information. Michigan’s best-known fishing river. [Hillstrom]
From its source at the junction of Kolka and Bradford Creeks, it flows into Lake Huron, south of Oscada. [Wikipedia]
Hazards are documented by Hillstrom.
Hillstrom documents the 115-mile reach from Grayling to Lake Huron.
References.
https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-3 ... --,00.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Au_Sable_River_(Michigan)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oscoda,_Michigan
https://www.rivers.gov/rivers/ausable.php
https://www.michigan.gov/documents/dnr/ ... 3514_7.pdf
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grayling,_Michigan
https://www.michigan.org/city/grayling# ... e=Grayling

Au Sable River, South Branch.
Hillstrom water trail 12. p 57.
Region Huron.
Character. A pleasant slow-moving stream that is popular with canoeists and fly fishermen alike. [Hillstrom]
Location. The river begins at Lake St Helen in Northern Roscommon County and flows into southeastern Crawford County before joining the mainstream of the Au Sable River. [Hillstrom]
Aside. The junction lies downstream from Wakeley Lake.
Hazards are documented by Hillstrom.
Hillstrom documents the 25-mile reach from Roscommon to the Connors Flats public access site on the mainstream of the Au Sable.
References.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Helen,_Michigan
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_St._Helen
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Au_Sable_River_(Michigan)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roscommon,_Michigan
https://naturalatlas.com/boat-launches/ ... ts-2232514
https://www.hipcamp.com/michigan/huron- ... -lake-area
https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/mich ... ct-pathway

Betsie River.
Hillstrom water trail 13. p 61.
Region Michigan.
Character. The upper reaches of this pleasant stream encompasses a range of paddling options, from sections of swift, twisting river to quiet marshlands teeming with wildlife. [Hillstrom]
Location. Southern Benzie and northern Manistee Counties. [Hillstrom]
Hazards are documented by Hillstrom.
Information. Perhaps more to come.
Hillstrom documents the 41-mile reach from Grass Lake State Forest Campground to Elberta on the east shore of Lake Michigan
References.
https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-3 ... --,00.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betsie_River
https://www.michigan.gov/documents/dnr/ ... 8814_7.pdf
http://northernmichigantrails.org/paddle/betsie-river/
http://www.betsieriver.com/
https://www.visitbenzie.com/four-season ... noe-kayak/
https://www.michigan.org/property/grass ... campground
https://www.campendium.com/grass-lake-campground
https://www.michigan.org/city/elberta#? ... le=Elberta
https://www.mapquest.com/us/michigan/el ... -282031757

Boardman River.
Hillstrom water trail 14. p 66.
Region Michigan.
Character. A spirited, attractive river that flows past conifer forests and north-country cottages before emptying into Grand Traverse Bay. [Hillstrom]
Location. Grand Traverse County. [Hillstrom]
Hazards are documented by Hillstrom.
Information. Perhaps more to come.
Hillstrom documents the 20-mile reach from the Forks Campground (in Pere Marquette State Forest) to Boardman Pond.
References.
https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-3 ... --,00.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boardman_River
http://www.theboardman.org/boardman-river/
http://theboardman.org/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boardman_ ... rdman_Lake
https://www.michigan.org/property/forks ... campground
http://amberliquidanglers.blogspot.com/ ... round.html
https://www.michigantrailmaps.com/membe ... nd-trails/
https://www.stateparks.com/pere_marquette.html
https://www.michigan.org/property/pere- ... ate-forest
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pere_Marq ... ate_Forest
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Traverse_Bay

Chippewa River.
Hillstrom water trail 15. p 70.
Region Huron.
Character. A pleasant, scenic river that winds through the fields and forests of Michigan’s heartland. [Hillstrom]
Location. Isabella County. [Hillstrom]
Hazards are documented by Hillstrom.
Information. A tributary of the Saginaw River.
Hillstrom documents the 52-mile reach from Coldwater Road Bridge (just below Lake Isabella) to Magruder Road Bridge (not the one in Idaho).
References.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chippewa_River_(Michigan)
http://www.mt-pleasant.org/docs/dept/pa ... -trail.pdf
https://paddling.com/paddle/trips/chipp ... 75&zoom=13
https://outdoormichigan.org/feature/3633
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/US-12%E2% ... ver_Bridge
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Isabella,_Michigan

Jordan River.
Hillstrom water trail 16. p 75.
Region Michigan.
Character. A fun, spirited river that winds through the gorgeous Jordan Valley. [Hillstrom]
Location. Runs from central Antrim County north into Lake Charlevoix in Charlevoix County. [Hillstrom]
Information. The Jordan flows into Lake Charlevoix and continues to Lake Michigan.
Hazards are documented by Hillstrom.
Hillstrom documents the 9-mile reach from Graves Crossing to Rogers Road.
References.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jordan_River_(Michigan)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Charlevoix
https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-3 ... --,00.html
http://www.lakecharlevoix.org/
https://paddling.com/paddle/trips/jorda ... 05&zoom=12
https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/mich ... ey-pathway

Little Manistee River.
Hillstrom water trail 17. p 78.
Region Michigan.
Character. A quick and narrow river that winds through Manistee National Forest, this favorite of local anglers sees relatively light paddling traffic. [Hillstrom]
Location. Begins in northwestern Lake County and passes westward through Mason and Manistee Counties to Manistee Lake. [Hillstrom]
Information. The river flows into the east side of Lake Michigan.
Hazards are documented by Hillstrom.
Hillstrom documents the 24-mile reach from Fox Bridge to Stronach Bridge.
References.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Manistee_River
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Charlevoix
https://www.visitmanisteecounty.com/pro ... stee-river
http://northernmichigantrails.org/paddl ... tee-river/
https://paddling.com/paddle/trips/littl ... 82&zoom=12
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manistee_National_Forest
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manistee,_Michigan
Little Manistee Weir.
https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-3 ... --,00.html
Manistee Lake. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manistee_Lake
https://search.yahoo.com/yhs/search;_yl ... ec-ext_onb

Little Muskegon River.
Hillstrom water trail 18. p 82.
Region Michigan.
Character. Pleasant and scenic, the Little Muskegon receives little pressure because of its lack of shoreline camping options and log-strewn river corridor. [Hillstrom]
Location. Southern Mecosta County, northwestern Montcalm County, and eastern Newaygo County. [Hillstrom]
Hazards are documented by Hillstrom.
Information. A tributary of the Muskegon River.
Hillstrom documents the 26-mile reach from Morley to Croton Dam.
References.
https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/mich ... egon-river
https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/hmnf/re ... ecid=18670
https://paddling.com/paddle/trips/littl ... 43&zoom=12
https://outdoormichigan.org/feature/3571
https://mapcarta.com/22344976
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muskegon_River
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morley,_Michigan
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Croton_Dam_(Michigan)

Ludington Canoe Pathway.
Hillstrom water trail 19. p 86.
Region Michigan.
Character. The canoe trail winds through placid marsh waters adorned with tall reeds and floating fields of lily pads. [Hillstrom]
Location. Ludington State Park’s Hamlin Lake, in western Mason County. [Hillstrom]
Hazards are documented by Hillstrom.
Information. The canoe trail begins at the Hamlin Lake Canoe concession, then goes southeast to John’s Pond and Carp Ponds and beyond before returning; the round-trip length is ~6 miles. [Hillstrom]
References.
http://www.visitludington.com/statepark/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ludington_State_Park
https://stateparks.com/ludington.html
https://www.campsitereports.com/htm/cam ... p?pid=1063
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamlin_Lake
http://www.hamlinlake.com/
https://www.midmichiganponds.com/blogs/news/st-johns-mi

Manistee River.
Hillstrom water trail 20. p 89.
Region Michigan.
Character. An undemanding river that features many campgrounds and access points along its banks,; it is ideally suited for family camping outings. [Hillstrom]
Location. From headwaters in Antrim and Otsego Counties, the Manistee passes through … Counties before emptying into Lake Michigan. [Hillstrom]
Hazards are documented by Hillstrom.
Information. Perhaps more to come.
Hillstrom documents the 160-mile reach from Deward to Manistee Lake.
References.
https://www.rivers.gov/rivers/manistee.php
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manistee_River
https://www.michigantrailmaps.com/membe ... al-forest/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deward,_Michigan
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manistee,_Michigan
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manistee_Lake,_Michigan

Manitou Islands. Kayak mandatory.
Hillstrom water trail 21. p 95.
Region Michigan.
Character. Two rugged wilderness islands within the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. [Hillstrom]
Location. About six miles northwest of Sleeping Bear Dunes mainland shoreline. [Hillstrom]
Hazards are documented by Hillstrom. In particular, the crossing between the mainland and the islands, and that between the islands, are highly dangerous.
Camping is permitted on both islands; a ferry service operates between them and Leland.
References.
https://www.michigan.org/property/manit ... ping-south
https://www.michigan.org/property/south ... land-light
https://www.nps.gov/slbe/planyourvisit/nmicamping.htm
https://www.michigan.org/city/manitou-i ... %20Islands
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leland,_Michigan

Muskegon River.
Hillstrom water trail 22. p 98.
Region Michigan.
Character. A sleepy section of Michigan’s second-longest river that is ideal for family camping trips. [Hillstrom]
Location. The river originates in central northern Michigan and flows through eight counties before emptying into Lake Michigan. [Hillstrom]
Hazards are documented by Hillstrom.
Information. Perhaps more to come.
Hillstrom documents the 85-mile reach from Michigan Hwy 55, through Leota and Church Bridge, and on to Evart and Riverside Park.
References.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muskegon_River
http://www.theenchantedforest.com/html/leota.html
https://michigan.hometownlocator.com/mi/clare/leota.cfm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evart,_Michigan
https://muskegonriverguides.com/muskego ... shing.html
https://www.evart.org/our_community/riv ... ground.php
https://www.mapquest.com/us/michigan/leota-mi-283416392

Negwegon State Park. Kayak necessary.
Hillstrom water trail 23. p 103.
Region Huron.
Character. Remote and largely undeveloped, this park of sandy beaches and low-lying woodlands of pine and cedar is an outstanding day-trip option for Lake Huron paddlers. [Hillstrom]
Location. Lake Huron shoreline in south eastern Alpena County and northeastern Alcona County. [Hillstrom]
Hazards are documented by Hillstrom.
Camping is not permitted in the park. [Hillstrom]
References.
https://www.michigan.org/property/negwegon-state-park
https://thedyrt.com/camping/michigan/ne ... state-park

Old Mission Peninsula. Kayak necessary.
Hillstrom water trail 24. p 106.
Region Michigan.
Character. This scenic area near Traverse City offers several outstanding day trips with views of lighthouses, beaches and hillsides covered with orchards and vineyards. [Hillstrom]
Location. Grand Traverse Bay north of Traverse City in the northwestern Lower Peninsula. [Hillstrom]
Hazards are documented by Hillstrom.
Information. Lighthouse Bay is a possible launch point. Most of the land along the coastline is privately owned. Hillstrom documents launch sites and Power Island (which belongs to the county).
References.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Traverse_City,_Michigan
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Traverse_Bay
http://www.grandtraverse.org/Facilities ... t-Island-8
https://www.traversecity.com/listings/power-island/444/
https://www.oldmission.com/
http://www.missionpointlighthouse.com/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mission_Point_Light
https://www.peninsulatownship.com/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Power_Island
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Mission_Peninsula_AVA
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Traverse_City,_Michigan

Pere Marquette River.
Hillstrom water trail 25. p 109.
Region Michigan.
Character. Michigan’s first National Wild and Scenic River, the beautiful Pere Marquette winds through gently through the wooded hills of Manistee National Forest. [Hillstrom]
Location. Lake and Mason Counties in the western Lower Peninsula. [Hillstrom]
Hazards are documented by Hillstrom.
Information. Perhaps more to come.
Hillstrom documents the 42-mile reach from US 10 (MI 37) at Baldwin to Custer Bridge near Custer (upstream from Scottville).
References.
http://www.visitpmriver.com/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pere_Marquette_River
https://www.rivers.gov/rivers/pere-marquette.php
https://www.inspirock.com/united-states ... -a73994865
https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Attraction_R ... higan.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baldwin,_Michigan
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Custer,_Michigan
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scottville,_Michigan

Pigeon River.
Hillstrom water trail 26. p 116.
Region Huron.
Character. A beautiful trout stream with a wilderness feeling and an unpredictable character. [Hillstrom]
Location. Otsego and Cheboygan Counties, northeast of Gaylord. [Hillstrom]
Hazards are documented by Hillstrom.
Information. Perhaps more to come.
Hillstrom documents the 17-mile reach from Red Bridge (Webb Road) to Mullett Lake.
References.
https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-3 ... --,00.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pigeon_Ri ... llett_Lake)
https://www.michigan.gov/documents/Pige ... 2975_7.pdf
http://www.pigeonrivercountry.com/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mullett_Lake The Cheboygan River flows out of its northeast end.
https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-3 ... --,00.html

Pine River.
Hillstrom water trail 27. p 121.
Region Michigan.
Character. Swift and strong, the Pine River has a North Country ambience and challenging runs that make it one of the Lower Peninsula’s top paddling destinations. [Hillstrom]
Location. Lake, Wexford, and Manistee Counties. [Hillstrom]
Hazards are documented by Hillstrom.
Information.
1. The Pine River is a designated Blue Ribbon Trout Stream. [Hillstrom]
2. It is a tributary of the Manistee River, which flows into Lake Michigan. https://www.michigan.gov/documents/dnr/ ... 4830_7.pdf
Hillstrom documents the 40-mile reach from Edgetts Bridge to Low Bridge (just upstream from Tippy Dam Pond).
References.
https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-3 ... --,00.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pine_River_(Michigan)
https://www.rivers.gov/documents/plans/pine-plan.pdf
https://naturalatlas.com/boat-launches/ ... ge-2232290
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tippy_Dam
https://www.michigan.org/property/tippy ... ation-area


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