Trail Condition Report, by Steve, August 15, 2006. This site is amazing!!!
My girlfriend and I went on an "adventure" for our first date. We just started driving and any time we saw something fun we stopped. We did a good bit of walking and sight-seeing in the area. Then we drove past the waterfowl observation tower. We hadn't seen anything like it, so we got food and had a picnic on top. After a month, neither of us could remember where it was, and both kinda wanted to go back some time.
Well, I'm proposing to her this weekend and I want to do it on that platform, and your site is the only thing on the internet that I could find with any information on it. The platform has a perfect place in our history together for a place to propose and I couldn't have found it without you.
Thank you so much for getting all this info together and keeping it up to date. Keep up the good work.
Wildlife Watching- Pere Marquette River flats are a good place to see waterfowl- see Observation Platform description above.
Handicap Accessibility- An accessible ramp goes to the lower level of the platform, with 12 additional steps to the top level
Rest Rooms and Potable Water
Rest Rooms- latrine at south boat ramp
Potable Water- none
Access- via paved Old 31 (Pere Marquette Highway), all parking areas are dirt
Restrictions- No hunting, no firearms.
Seasonality- open year round, but may not be plowed
Ecosystem- extensive cattail marsh where
Other points of interest- Sutton's Landing is just to the south
Most recent date this info personally checked- July 2006
Additional Facilities- none
Maintained by- Michigan DNR 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 to park there (self-pay tubes are available- $3/day, $5/weekly, or $20/year at a Ranger Station).
To reach the Pere Marquette River Flats go south from Ludington on Old US 31, also known as Pere Marquette Highway. Reach the Pere Marquette River in just under 2 miles.
Or leave the US 31 Freeway at the Pere Marquette Highway exit, turn north and go 1 mile to the river.