The east side of the Manistee River has high banks )125+ feet and is a truly beautiful hike. Workers there just waved us across, New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, More posts from the CampAndHikeMichigan community, Continue browsing in r/CampAndHikeMichigan. A 23-mile loop can be formed with the North Country National Scenic Trail. User account menu. Your email address will not be published. Recreational use of the river will be maintained throughout the construction, although those who plan to backpack the popular loop between Hodenpyl Dam and Red Bridge will be unable to cross over the river on Coates Highway. You will see white paint head high on the tree trunks and plastic blue diamond trail markers. There was once a town here, but now just a few houses, one of which had a dog that began barking incessantly about my intrusion into these quiet woods. If not then any alternative loops in the area (i.e within 1 hr driving)? It is considered, like the nearby Au Sable River, to be one of the best trout fisheries east of the Rockies. Is Red Bridge opened on the Manistee River Trail loop yet? Basically it is not open at this point but should be closer to end of October and to check the website or call. The Manistee River Trail is one of the best hikes I have done. Along the way there are scattered, designated campsites. On the upper river portion (north of Hodenpyl Dam) a favorite trip is the US-131 to Baxter Bridge. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. Completion expected 2022. 2. Don't need to drive across just get us and our packs over! You can park your takeout car at the … All of the websites said August 24th but I heard it's still possibly closed. Thanks for the info. The wife and I set out on a 3 day/2 night hiking trip through the Manistee National Forest. The trail is part of the North Country Trail (NCT) so it is well marked with signs leading the way. The trail follows the east bank of the Manistee River for 10.5 miles This area has great smallmouth bass water. 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. We planned on three days and two nights to backpack the North Country Trail Manistee River Loop in lower Michigan. Unmolested by bridges, cottages and dams, this wild stretch of Michigan's third-longest river appeals not only to paddlers and anglers looking for trophy trout but also to hikers. For beginners, we recommend beginning at the Red Bridge Trailhead and hiking along the North Country Trail side first and camping near Eddington Creek. Manistee National Forest. Looks like you're using new Reddit on an old browser. It’s also the take out spot for the trout water above the bridge coming down from Hodenpyl Dam near Mesick. I was biking thru that area monday planning to take the bridge. This 17.5-mile link-up of the Manistee River and North Country Trails is so good that one in four BACKPACKER Facebook fans … 2. He has requested that all river users be cautious when on the water near the bridge. Along with amazing hiking along the North Country Trail. Trying to head up there this weekend or next. If you are wanting a long Saturday easy Sunday I’d start on the north side of the trail, cross the bridge and head to the campgrounds a few miles past the bridge on the south side. Seaton Creek Campground to the north is available for water fill-ups and camping if you do not prefer truly rustic camping your first night. Thought I'd keep this post fresh with another "Is it Open Yet"? Close. No bridge made for a more interesting ride. Unread post by MQT1223 » Tue Dec 31, 2019 4:12 am. Any updates would greatly be appreciated. Manistee River Hiking & Water Trail • North Country Trail West Michigan Trails s Rd s Rd W 26 Rd W 30 Rd W 32 Rd tage Rd Slagel Creek Rd W 30 1/2 Rd W 28 Rd Marilla Rd S Hodenpyl en Rd W 28 1/4 McClish N 3 1/2 No. Grand Traverse Bay Fishing Report for 6.9.20, Product Review- Patagonia Macro Puff Hoody. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. Manistee_River_Trail_FKT_.gpx 946.03 KB. Water sources – The Manistee river is unlikely to freeze, providing you with an open water source along the MRT side of the trail. I was wondering the same thing. The bridge was still closed this weekend when we did the Manistee River Trail. River Road parallels the river in close proximity for the first 1.5 miles below Hodenpyl Dam, providing hike-in You can access by turning off M-37 near Yuma and going West on 26 Mile road towards Seaton Creek Campground. The Fall color hike is the best one ever. The trail traverses past several wetlands and there are bridges crossing two creeks. The trail passes several wetlands and there are bridges crossing two creeks along the way along with a waterfall near the northern section. Manistee River Hodenpyl Dam to Red Bridge Manistee County (T23N, R13W Section 25, 26 , 35, 36, and T22N, R13W Sections 2, 11, 14, 15, 22, 23) Surveyed June, 2000 Mark A. Tonello and Andrew J. Nuhfer Environment The Hodenpyl Dam to Red Bridge stretch of the Manistee River is located in eastern Manistee County, MI, near the town of Mesick. Where the bridge crosses the river is the back waters of Tippy Pond. It would be like a (rough and tough) 15 mile Saturday though. Have one of the best backpacking adventures in the Lower Peninsula on this tranquil 17.5-mile loop through the Manistee National Forest. The site may not work properly if you don't, If you do not update your browser, we suggest you visit, Press J to jump to the feed. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/michigan/the-manistee-river-trail Looks like there was also some storm damage late last month. Have you been lucky enough to cross this pedestrian bridge during past visits to the area? 1 Rd No. If it is still closed is there an estimated date? The Manistee River Trail crosses Number One Road about 100 yards south of Hodenpyl Dam parking. The Manistee River Trail segment begins at the “Little Mac” foot bridge that connects the Manistee River Trail to the North Country Trail. With many access points to the trails, starting out at the Upper River Trailhead just off of Coates Highway is a great spot to begin. From the top of the bluff the river seems so close, yet so far away. Required fields are marked *. The bridge on Coates Highway crossing the Manistee is slated for replacement this coming summer. Re: New Bridge Over Manistee River. From there make your way across the suspension bridge and onto the Manistee River trail, … Your email address will not be published. MQT1223 O Scale Railfanner Posts: 3007 Joined: Wed Sep 10, 2014 12:46 pm Location: Grandville, Michigan. I have hiked from Hodenpyl down to Red Bridge about 6 times. 23 Miles Awesomeness factors – Manistee river, towering hardwood forests, great views, wildlife, streams and a waterfall, the lil’ mac suspension bridge. https://www.visitmanisteecounty.com/project/manistee-river-trail Archived. The Manistee River Loop Trail near Marilla, Michigan follows the east shore of the Manistee River for 8.8 miles through rolling hills and connects with the North Country Trail along the western shore to make an 18+ mile loop hike. Manistee River Trail Loop: Manistee State Forest, MI . This trick will eliminate about a mile of hiking that is less scenic. Manistee River Below Tippy Fishing Report, https://hawkinsoutfitters.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/smallmouth-bass-chris.jpg, https://hawkinsoutfitters.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Facebook-300x300.png. Top. If it is still closed is there an estimated date? MANISTEE RIVER TRAIL – The Manistee River Trail is a 8.8 mile trail that goes the length of the Manistee River from Hodenpyl to Tippy Dam. Contractor to supply flagman during construction and can't totally close line in excess of 7 consecutive days to provide service to customers. Upper Portion: Much of the Big Manistee River is ideal for Families and groups. From Hodenpyl Dam Pond the Manistee River winds south uninhibited and free in the Manistee National Forest for 13 miles before a road crosses it. Trail – Manistee River Trail/North Country Trail Loop Where – Huron-Manistee National Forest. 1 Rd No. Then decide where to get out. There are only a couple of structures along this reach. The project will replace the deteriorating M-55 bridge in Manistee built in 1931. FKTs. Red Bridge to Suspension Bridge via NCT (10.6 miles) Suspension Bridge to Seaton Creek Campground (1.4 miles) GPS Track. © 2015-2020 Hawkins Outfitters all rights reserved. Manistee Ranger Station Phone: 231-723-2211 TTY: 711-231-723-2211 Supervisor’s Office Phone: 231-775-2421 TTY: 711-231-775-2421 Experience the Trail The Manistee River Trail is an 18 - 24 inch wide trail that begins near Red Bridge on the North side of Coates Highway. Or, if you want to recommend another hidden Michigan treasure for a future piece, be sure to fill out our recommendation form here. The official way back is the North Country Trail, but we took the Upper River Road back instead to avoid the densely wooded forest full of mosquitoes. Log In Sign Up. For more information about Manistee River Trail and Little Mac, click here. https://hawkinsoutfitters.com/red-bridge-manistee-river-closure The good news is that we will still be able to fish that water though detours will be required to get to it. I navigated my way along forest trails until I finally came to the spot on the south bank of the Manistee River where I knew the old "High Bridge" once crossed. Beginning on or about April 2nd and through August the road will be completely closed while they replace the approximately 200 foot long bridge. 2020 Upland and Waterfowl Seasons – Time to Book Your Trip! Does anyone know if the Manistee River Trail was impacted? The project is slated for completion at the end of September, 2019. With float segments from 1 hr to 4+ hours in duration, this river is ideal for day trips or overnight trips. Hiking the Manistee River Trail Loop in the fall: Our 3-day, 2-night backpacking trip. The hike begins through trees and some rolling hills and you are soon rewarded with incredible views of the Manistee River. Located near the Village of Brethren in Manistee County, the deteriorated bridge over the Manistee River will be fully replaced this construction season. and was hoping to do the MRT Loop. There are two trailheads for the Manistee River Trail, Seaton Creek Campground and Red Bridge, both offer camping. Update for anyone interested: I received a call back from Beth (I believe she is with the US Forest Service) with an update that the project is basically 1 month delay due to the storms and weather related issues. Cold Sinking Lines from Scientific Anglers. The North Country Trail and Manistee River Trail loop is approximately 20 miles and is ideal for a relaxing hike with a group of friends or family who want to “rough it” for a weekend getaway. Super Chief … Park up near the dam at the end of O'Rourke Drive. Trip reports, gear recommendations and exchange, and general discussion. You are either right next to the river or along the bluffs throughout the majority of the hike. Didn't see anything with a new estimated date unfortunately. The water above and below the bridge is one of our favorite big smallmouth destinations in July and August. Standard route; Male Unsupported Nathaniel Orndorf: 2h 35m 1s : 2020-08-04: Charles Hornburg: 2h 53m 23s : 2020-05-09: Josh Sanders: 3h 6m 39s : 2019-05-30: Peter Hubbard: 3h 33m 1s : 2014-06-14: Female Supported … Depending on how the temps have been during the winter, several of the faster moving creeks and streams may be open as well. Near Mesick, MI Difficulty – Moderate for very hilly, uneven terrain Open – All year round Distance – Approx. Trying to head up … Press J to jump to the feed. Go in on the right hand side[northwest.] Manistee County Road Commissioner, Mark Shodden has stated that the boat ramp will stay open during the entire construction process. This spur is a steep side trail (0.4 mile) down to the parking at Upper River Road Trailhead. The Manistee River Trail (administered by the US Forest Service) runs along the east bank of the river, and provides campsites for backpackers or canoeists. Posted by 2 years ago. I have one shot next weekend for the annual backpacking trip with my daughter (13yr!) Michigan Campers, Backpackers and Hikers Share your experiences with us in the comments. 3 Rd Hodenpyl Dam Rd N 1 1/2 eaton No. Eddington Creek on the NCT side was also flowing with no ice when I did the trail (this will obviously be temperature dependent). The Route: We started the Manistee River Trail Loop from the southern end at Red Bridge River Access, then crossed the suspension bridge near the Seaton Creek Campground. In addition to great fishing water the river from Hodenpyl to Red Bridge is a very popular canoe and kayak destination. Is Red Bridge opened on the Manistee River Trail loop yet? Bridge MANISTEE RIVER TRAIL & NORTH COUNTRY TRAIL LOOP This weekend-size, 22-mile loop takes you on some of the best terrain in the Lower Peninsula. A waterfall near the northern end of the trail is very popular with many hikers. The Manistee River Trail follows the east shore of the Manistee River for 8.8 miles through rolling hills. (Red Bridge access to the Manistee River is to the right down this road, but if you want to go there, continue on the trail, take the turnoff to the Upper River Road trailhead, and then take the turn to Manistee River Trail, and it will lead you to the bridge without walking the road.) There aren’t any rivers on this side except one or two which are extremely close to the suspension bridge side, so you could go quite a long way without seeing water. 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