at 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 even from a wheelchair.
There are picnic facilities for day use.
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; make it take a long time
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, pavillion has kitchen and can be reserved by calling 231-843-2704
Scenic Views- Pere Marquette River flats
Wildlife Watching- Pere Marquette River flats are a good place to see waterfowl
Handicap Accessibility- The boardwalk is compeletely accessible.
Rest Rooms- Full rest rooms available only if the pavillion is rented, latrine open all year
Potable Water- available only with pavillion rental
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 - July 14, 2006
Maintained by- Pere Marquette Township, call 231-845-1277
Pere Marquette Township web site
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 to park there (self-pay tubes are available- $3/day, $5/weekly, or $20/year at a Ranger Station).