at Maple Leaf Access
Maple Leaf Access
This is a fishing access point. It would be difficult, but not impossible, to put in or take out a canoe or kayak here. You would need to hand-carry the craft and also climb steps. It would be a wonderful place to stop for lunch.
Information on this site and Logmark Campground is not complete.
Boat Launch- This would be a difficult, but not impossible launch point, due to steps amd 0.1 mile trail to parking area. Makes a nice lunch stop on the river with it's sandy beach, but there is no sign on the river, so you would need to look for the view seen in the picture above with the large maple tree to know you are there.
Distance and time- Canoe Maple Leaf Access to Walhalla Bridge 1 1/2 hours, 3.6 miles.
Fishing- Walk-in angler access- see foot trails. The Pere Marquette is known for steelhead and salmon runs, and brown/rainbow trout. Fly fishing is popular too.
Camping- Logmark canoe-in campground is just upstream of Maple Leaf. I have not yet visited this site, but it supposedly has no facilites, but is a legal place to camp on the river.
There is no camping allowed near the parking areas, or by the river at the take-out.
There are two trails which leave the eastern parking area. The right hand trail goes along the edge of a gully with a marshy bottom for 0.1 mile and comes to a private sand road. Cross the road obliquely to the left and find 19 earth-packed steps which lead you down to the river. There is a monofilament recycle box and and fishing access sign at the edge of the road. Take the steps to the river and there is a nice sandy beach. You can walk up or down stream for a short distance.
I do not know for sure yet where the left hand trail from the parking area goes. Perhaps to Logmark Campground.
Scenic Views- nice open bend of the river with a big maple tree and sandy beach.
Rest Rooms- none
Potable Water- none
Access- via sand Taylor Road (Forest Road 5580)
Restrictions- fee site, no camping south of the RR tracks, fee area, Forest Service regulations apply
Seasonality- road not plowed in winter
Ecosystem- wooded river edge
Other points of interest- Logmark Campground
most recent date this info personally checked- May 2007
Additional Facilities- monofilament recycle box
Maintained by- Baldwin District of the Manistee National Forest
650 N. Michigan Avenue
P.O. Box D
Baldwin, MI 49304
More- The Pere Marquette 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).
In lieu of the Forest Service parking fee, Interagency passes are also accepted. Display on your dashboard when you park.