Bureau of Land Management National Park Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Forest Service

Indian River, Michigan

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Managing Agency:

U.S. Forest Service, Hiawatha National Forest


Designated Reach:

March 3, 1992. From Hovey Lake to Indian Lake.


Classification/Mileage:

Scenic — 12.0 miles; Recreational — 39.0 miles; Total — 51.0 miles.

Indian River

Photo Credit: Tim Palmer

Indian River

The Indian River located on the Hiawatha National Forest in Michigan's Upper Peninsula provides beautiful and varied northwoods scenery. The river flows through a variety of settings ranging from a series of connected lakes in the upper sections, to a meandering channel in an incised valley through the middle section, to a braided channel and an area of extensive wetland before flowing into Indian Lake.

Trout fishing is good, and there is spawning habitat for lake sturgeon and habitat for eagles and ospreys. The river offers excellent canoeing and kayaking for all skill levels throughout the year due to its steady flow. There are numerous dispersed campsites along the river, as well as Widewater Campground.