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Pere Marquette River
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at Lower Branch Bridge

Lower Branch Bridge

Lower Branch Bridge

This is one of the named bridges if you are canoeing the Pere Marquette and want to track your progress. It is surrounded by private homes, and offers no real amenities.

Boat Launch- dirt ramp with a drive-around circle, parking for 4 or 5 vehicles with trailers. There is only a minimal dirt foot path here for hand-carrying a canoe or kayak to the river on the southwest side of the bridge. The only parking is along the road. There is a sign visible from the water.
Distance and time- Canoe Lower Branch Bridge to Maple Leaf & Logmark Access, 1 hour 30 minutes, 3.7 miles.

Camping- There is no camping here, but the Logmark Campground (canoe or walk-in only) is downstream, between this bridge and Maple Leaf & Logmark Access.

Fishing- The Pere Marquette is known for steelhead and salmon runs, and brown/rainbow trout. Fly fishing is popular too.

Rest Rooms- none
Potable Water- none

Access- paved Landon Road with no shoulder, guardrail extends from bridge, no access for boat trailer.
Restrictions- must have permit for any watercraft on the Pere Marquette (A Wild and Scenic Waterway), boating allowed only 9am to 6pm, no glass containers.
Seasonality- road is plowed, winter boating not recommended
Ecosystem- river edge near private homes
Most recent date this info personally checked- May 2007
Additional Facilities- none
Maintained by- Landon Road is a Mason County road
More- This is a designated Wild and Scenic Waterway between The Forks and Custer Bridge. If you wish to canoe on this portion of the Pere Marquette River you need a permit between May 15 and September 10. There are special regulations which apply. Private watercraft permits may be reserved by calling 1-231-745-4631. Some of the landings along the river require a Recreation Fee sticker to park there (self-pay tubes are available- $3/day, $5/weekly, or $20/year at a Ranger Station).

[Counties] Lake County Manistee County Mason County Oceana County

Lower Branch Bridge is located on Landon Road where the Pere Marquette River crosses. Turn south on Landon Road off US 10, 0.5 miles west of Branch, MI. Proceed 0.8 mile to the bridge.


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