at Sulak Landing
This boat landing is located just over a mile east by vehicle of Upper Branch Bridge, but it's a 45 minute float down the river, so you can actually do a short loop trip by paddling from Sulak to Upper Branch Bridge and then hiking back to your vehicle via the North Country Trail and Sulak Road. Then you can drive to pick up the canoe or kayak at Upper Branch. A fun family outing.
Camping- There are 12 numbered sites along the east side of Sulak Road- These sites have vehicle access, picnic tables, ground fire rings, and lantern stands. Ther is a latrine at the parking loop on the west side of the road. These sites are often used by families or anglers who are camping for several days. Because of their easy vehicle access this is not a quiet backcountry location. Expect something between the level of a commercial RV campground and a remote Forest Service site. If you are canoe camping you will need to carry your gear 0.2 mile uphill from the landing to the nearest site. Suggest continuing less than 1 hour to Elk Campground for a quieter experience.
Note that the land on the south side of Sulak Road where the campsites are is National Forest, and on the north side is State Land. No camping allowed.
Boat Launch- paved ramp for boats on trailers, racks for commercial canoe launching, parking at a large loop just uphill from the launch site.
Distance and time- Canoe Sulak Landing to Upper Branch Bridge 45 minutes, 2.7 miles.
Fishing- The Pere Marquette is known for steelhead and salmon runs, and trout. Fly fishing is popular
North Country Trail
Follow the link for a description of the North Country National Scenic Trail in Lake County.
A designated trail for anglers to reach the river goes from the back of the day parking loop on Sulak Road to the river's edge. You can walk upstream or downstream from there.
Rest Rooms- latrines near the river, and about 1/2 mile uphill on Sulak Road near the camp sites
Potable Water- none
Access- dirt Sulak Road, paved at the steepest part near the bottom
Restrictions- must have permit for any watercraft on the Pere Marquette (A Wild and Scenic Waterway), boating allowed only 9am to 6pm, no glass containers, no camping at parking area
Seasonality- Road may not be plowed in winter and is very steep
Ecosystem- Mixed deciduous forest, hemlock and white cedar along the river with steep sand bluffs.
Other points of interest-
North Country Trail, Upper Branch Bridge nearby
Most recent date this info personally checked- March 2020
Additional Facilities- none
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 for daily passes, yearly passes may be purchased at a Ranger Station). Manistee National Forest Recreation Fees
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