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Manistee River, Manistee

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Water Body · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
The Manistee River in the U.S. state of Michigan, runs 190 miles (310 km) through the northwestern Lower Peninsula; it now passes through the contemporary villages of Sharon, Smithville, and Mesick, entering Lake Michigan at Manistee. It is considered, like the nearby Au Sable River, to be one of the best trout fisheries east of the Rockies.

The river rises in the sand hills in southeastern Antrim County, on the border with Otsego County, about 6 miles (10 km) southeast of the town of Alba. These deep glacial sands provide it with a remarkably stable flow of clean cold water year round, making it a popular river for fishing as well as canoeing. Over the course of its length, it drops in elevation from around 1,250 to 579 feet (381 to 176 m), with an average stream gradient of about 2.9 feet per mile (55 cm/km).
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  • Great fishing people really nice trax bar and grill has amazing sandwiches very busy though you have to wait for food but I felt it was worth it love this place will return next year  more »
  • Went kayaking down parts of this river, so beautiful and pretty clear, saw a bald eagle and nest, definitely recommend  more »
  • ive kayaked a couple sections of this beautiful river. never a let down. bird watching is A plus.
  • The respect and care everyone shows the river keeps it beautiful. The Manistee River is a natural work of art Mother Nature created for everyone to enjoy. Take the afternoon to paddle down the river and relax. Remember to put your cell phone in a waterproof bag :-) Water will always win that battle.

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