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Maple Leaf Access & Logmark Canoe Campsite

Maple Leaf Access & Logmark Campsite

Maple Leaf 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.

Logmark is a legal place to canoe camp if paddling down the Pere Marquette River. There are also trails that can be hiked. They are used mostly by anglers, but make for a nice walk.

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.

Logmark canoe-in campground is just upstream of Maple Leaf. It has no facilites, and barely a flat spot for a tent, but it is a legal place to camp on the river. If you are paddling the river watch for the Logmark sign on the north bank in a stretch of white cedar. Float time from Lower Branch Bridge to Logmark is 1.25 hours.

There is no camping allowed near the parking areas, or by the river at the take-out.

Handicap Accessibility- Latrine is accessible, but ramp must be approached over dirt surface.

Loop Trail

There are two trails which leave the eastern parking area. The right hand (west) 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.

There is trail going both up and downstream. The upstream section ends at a steep bluff in a short distance, and there is private property beyond that point, so there's no point in trying to proceed.

Taking the downstream trail makes a nice loop hike. There is no marking but the obvious trail follows the edge of the river. There are a couple of places where you have to scramble up or down steep slopes, this has recently become more of a test. This is not an easy walk. Eventually you climb to the end of a sand road where you will see the cement foundation of a small cabin, and a sign about Stream Improvement. Trail does continue a short distance to private property, but if you take the road, this is the end of FR 8671 which will lead you out to the kiosk, and FR 5580 so you can return to the parking area. I will try to add more details when I hike this again.

Access- parking at either the end of FR 5580 or the parking area on FR 8671. Room for many cars at either location.
Restrictions- No camping anywhere along this loop.
Seasonality- road not plowed in winter.
Distance and time- about 1 hour.
Trail Markers- none
Condition of Marking- the treadway is well compacted along the river except where eroded
Treadway- packed sandy forest soil. Trail is well used and treadway is easily followed except where eroded
Grades- mostly flat but with several short, severe ups and downs requiring scrambling.
Ecosystem- river edge
Additional Facilities- none
Other points of interest- two nice U-bends in the river which are very interesting to view from the high banks.
Most recent date this info personally checked on foot- July 2014
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Logmark Trail

The left hand trail, marked with a carsonite post as a "Fisherman Trail," leads to Logmark canoe-in campsite.

Leave the parking area on this trail through the woods, and in 0.15 mile you will be passing by a cattail marsh, on your left. Reach the edge of the river. The trail appears to go both down and upstream, but the downstream postion ends almost immediately at private property.

Turn left, and cross the small outlet creek from the marsh on a couple of boards. In another 0.1 mile pass under a power line which crosses the river. A yellow-clad guy wire is highly visible. Continue straight along the river, and quickly reach Logmark campsite. The only way you'll know you are there is if you note the back side of the small wooden sign which marks the site for canoeists.

Access- parking at the end of FR 5580. Room for many cars.
Restrictions- Camping only at Logmark. All National Forest regulations apply
Seasonality- road not plowed in winter.
Distance and time- 20 minutes, out and back.
Trail Markers- none
Condition of Marking- the treadway is well compacted along the river and easy to follow
Treadway- packed sandy forest soil. Trail is well used and treadway is easily followed
Grades- mostly flat.
Ecosystem- river edge
Additional Facilities- none
Most recent date this info personally checked on foot- April 7, 2011
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Scenic Views- nice open bend of the river with a big maple tree and sandy beach and Maple Leaf. Several beautiful views from high banks along the trail.

Rest Rooms- accessible latrine at end of 5580
Potable Water- none

Access- via sand Taylor Road (Forest Road 5580), or to Logmark from the river.
Restrictions- No camping south of the RR tracks (except at Logmark), fee area. All National Forest regulations apply. Maple Leaf is a Recreation Fee Site, which means you need a sticker to park there (self-pay tubes are available for daily passes, yearly passes may be purchased at a Ranger Station). Current fee schedule
Seasonality- road not plowed in winter
Ecosystem- wooded river edge
most recent date this info personally checked- April 7, 2011
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 boat/paddle on this portion of the Pere Marquette River you need a permit May through September. 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- See Manistee National Forest Recreation Fees

[Counties] Lake County Manistee County Mason County Oceana County

Taylor Road (Forest Road 5580) is a sand road off US-10, 2 miles west of Branch or 2 miles east of Walhalla. Turn south on Taylor Road. (Taylor Road north of US 10 is slightly west of the turn south). After 0.4 mile you cross the RR tracks and come to a fork with the Forest Service kiosk and self-pay tube. The right hand fork (FR 8761) leads to parking in 0.2 mile. The left hand fork (FR 5580) leads to parking and the trails to the river in 0.3 mile.


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