Pere Marquette River


River Description:

The Pere Marquette River runs 63.9 miles from Lake County through Mason County and finally exiting into Lake Michigan.  The river is designated as a National Scenic River and is home to many species of fish and is quite popular for all types of motorized and non-motorized recreational boating.  The river currents will run more swift during major rainfall events and during early season thaws, however, it is typically smooth and easy flowing without any major obstacles making it great for all experience levels.  The marked access points are official access points to the Pere Marquette River and we recommend only using these designated areas when on the river.

Difficulty: Easy


River Amenities/Quick Look:

  • Most of the river access points are easily accessible and contain a variety of amenities outside of just a parking area and launch platform/site.  Click on each individual site below for details.

Suttons Landing

Site Amenities:
– Parking Area
– Paved Boat Launch
– Fishing Platform
– Toilets
– ADA Accessible Site
– Picnic Area
– Playground Area

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Scottville Bridge/Park

Site Amenities:
– Parking Area
– Paved Boat Launch
– Fishing Platform
– Toilets
– ADA Accessible Site
– Picnic Area
– Playground Area

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Custer Bridge

Site Amenities:
– Parking Area
– Fishing Platform

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Indian Bridge

Site Amenities:
– Parking Area
– Fishing Platform
– Toilets
– Fee for parking

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Walhalla Bridge

Site Amenities:
– Parking Area
– Fishing Platform
– Toilets
– Fee for parking

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Lower Bridge

Site Amenities:
– Parking Area
– Fishing Platform
– Toilets
– Fee for parking

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Lower Bridge >> 2.5 hrs >> Walhalla Bridge >> 1.5 hrs >> Indian Bridge >> 0.75 hrs >> Custer Bridge  >> 1.5 hrs >> Scottville Bridge/Park >> 4.0 hrs >> Suttons Landing @ Pere Marquette Lake

Total float time for the entire segment outlined >> 10.25 hrs


Top Family Friendly Float Segment:

Most of this river is easy flowing, therefore almost any segment is a great first time friendly float. It all depends on your desired time on the water.  There are simple hour long floats, or all day excursions.  There are usually many great spots to stop and get out to socialize with your party.

Paddle the Loop

The Pere Marquette River Loop will take approximately 2 hours to paddle depending on wind direction and the frequency of your paddling. We recommend you begin at “Suttons Landing.” There is easy access and plenty of parking available. This is a great day trip for the novice canoe or kayaker looking to learn the sport.

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