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

Presque Isle River, Michigan

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Managing Agency:

U.S. Forest Service, Ottawa National Forest


Designated Reach:

March 3, 1992. The main stem from the confluence of the East and West Branches to Minnewawa Falls. The East Branch within the Ottawa National Forest. The South Branch within the Ottawa National Forest. The West Branch within the Ottawa National Forest.


Classification/Mileage:

Scenic — 24.0 miles; Recreational — 48.0 miles; Total — 72.0 miles.

Presque Isle River

Presque Isle River

Portions of this river are considered by some as the most challenging whitewater in Michigan, if not in the Midwest. This river is listed as one of the ten North American rivers that "define the outer edge of contemporary whitewater paddling." Its outstandingly remarkable values include scenery, recreation, geology, fish and wildlife.