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Sutton's Landing

This small park is located on the south side of the Pere Marquette River Flats. There is an accessible boardwalk which is a good place to watch wildlife or fish from a wheelchair.

There are picnic facilities for day use, benches a fire pit, one disc golf cage, and a playground.

Boat Launch- Paved boat ramp with a dock dividing boat trailer access from canoe/ kayak access at the park.

Sutton's Landing Riverwalk

This is much too small to be called a trail, but it is wonderful anyway. The description begins at the west end of the parking area. The entire Riverwalk is a boardwalk built of wood with high railings. Go down the ramp and around a rather sharp bend to reach the 300 feet of straight boardwalk along the south branch of the Pere Marquette River. There are two sets of benches built into the walkway. Near the east end a set of 12 steps returns to the parking area. There is adequate space for wheelchairs to turn around and return to the ramp.
Dow plant visible across river, their ponds are to the west, but are contained by high berms and the water surface is not visible.
Access-   paved parking area with reserved handicapped spaces.
Distance and time-   300 feet; this is a nice spot for birdwatching on the marshes
Trail Markers-   unnecessary
Condition of Marking-   adequate signage at gates
Treadway-   boardwalk with high railings
Grades-   flat with ramp at one end and stairs at the other
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Picnicking- Picnic tables, grill, trash barrels, large shaded area under an oak tree. Pavilion has kitchen and can be reserved by calling 231-843-2704

Playground- swings, two spring ride-ons, and a digger in day use area. Loose sand surface. One disk golf cage for practice in grassy area. Horseshoe pits at west end in grass.

Scenic Views- Pere Marquette River flats

Wildlife Watching- Pere Marquette River flats are a good place to see waterfowl

Interpretive- There are small signs along the boardwalk with information about birds, fish, sea lampreys, ancient peoples, a map, and the watershed.

Handicap Accessibility- The boardwalk is compeletely accessible.
Pavilion and rest rooms are concrete with no barriers.
Latrine has no lip, but access is over grass.
All picnic tables not in the pavilion are on concrete pads, but access is over grass, and none have extension for wheelchair.

Rest Rooms- Full rest rooms available in summer, latrine open all year.
Potable Water- drinking fountain, rest room sinks summer only, or when rented

Access- paved road and parking
Restrictions- no hunting, no firearms
Seasonality- officially closed in winter, gate locked
Ecosystem- Wooded dune rising in back of the park. Riverflat marsh viewed from the riverwalk
Most recent date this info personally checked - Julne 2019
Maintained by- Pere Marquette Township, call 231-845-1277
Pere Marquette Township web site
More- The Pere Marquette is a designated Wild and Scenic Waterway between The Forks and Custer Bridge. If you wish to canoe on that 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 (self-pay tubes are available for daily passes, yearly passes may be purchased at a Ranger Station). Manistee National Forest Recreation Fees

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To reach Sutton's Landing go south from Ludington on Old US 31, also known as Pere Marquette Highway. Cross the Pere Marquette River and immediately turn right (west) on Iris Road at the Pere Marquette Township Hall. Almost immediately make another right into the park. There is a gate which is closed in winter.


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