Kayaking the Little Manistee River


Not far off of our property is the Little Manistee River with water nearly as cold as Lake Michigan year round. The current is also quite strong throughout its course. It flows through both Driftwood Valley and Beartrack camping grounds both of which are remote campsites without many modern conveyances.

Fishing is excellent and for the avid fisherman salmon season awaits you where you literally can just reach in your hand and pick out your choice. If you like cold water this river can be ideal for swimming or simply exploring. And for the avid canoeist it is a paddling dream.

But for youngsters using the Kayak, the Little Manistee River is a paddling dream. It is both a test of endurance and skill to move about the many jags of this fast moving stream. Ed Hawks provided this photo.

One thought on “Kayaking the Little Manistee River

  1. Dear David,
    I’m researching information about the Little Manistee River and its historical impact on Elk Township.  I’m looking for personal anecdotal material about people interacting with the river and any “impact” it has had on their personal lives, especially as it relates to Elk Twp early history and our early inhabitants.  I believe that many Bass Lk. visitors may have also accessed the Little Manistee or have information about it from family members.  My focus is on the section of river located in Elk Twp. between Johnson Bridge and 18 Mile Bridge.  I plan to use this material as part of a publication for the Elk Twp. Historical Soc. due to be printed this summer.  An appeal to your readers with a request to email me with an information would be greatly appreciated.  If you prefer not to use your website for this appeal, I do understand.  I enjoy reading the historical information on your website provided by those with a knowledge of Bass Lk.
    Thank you for your consideration.
    Joyce Durdel, Elk Twp. Email:  whitepine50@gmail.com

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