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

Whitefish River, Michigan

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Managing Agency:

U.S. Forest Service, Hiawatha National Forest


Designated Reach:

March 3, 1992. The main stem from its confluence with the East and West Branches to Lake Michigan. The East Branch from the crossing of County Road 003 to its confluence with the West Branch. The West Branch from County Road 444 to its confluence with the East Branch.


Classification/Mileage:

Scenic — 31.5 miles; Recreational — 2.1 miles; Total — 33.6 miles.

Whitefish River

Photo Credit: Tim Palmer

Whitefish River

The Whitefish River is cold, swift and deep in the early spring, challenging canoeists and kayakers and providing good steelhead fishing. During the summer, much of the river becomes too shallow for canoeing, but offers fishing for brook trout in the upper reaches and a variety of warm-water species downstream from the confluence of the East and West Branches. The river is located on the Hiawatha National Forest in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.