Manistee River

A logging river, The Manistee River was used to float logs, during the turn of the century, from the center of the state out to Lake Michigan.

Many sunken logs can still be found today in the bed of the river. The Manistee River runs 190 miles through the villages of Sharon, Smithville, and Mesick then enters 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.