PERE MARQUETTE RIVER:
The Pere Marquette's current is steady, moderately fast, but not considered difficult during normal water levels for paddlers with few to basic skills. The river follows a winding course through a mixture of national, state, and private forests.
The average depth of the Pere Marquette River is between two and four feet, with deeper holes on the bends. The average width is between thirty and forty feet.
The most popular part of the Pere Marquette to paddle is the first twelve hours of the river, ending at Walhalla. In this twelve hour portion of the river there are several trips available ranging from three hours up to three days.
The Forest Service permit system serves to regulate the number of watercraft on the river. Numbers are spread equally in three sections of the river. Each section is approximately 4 hours of paddle time. Several access sites are used for put in and take out. Extended trips are available continuing on to Scottvile, Ludington and Lake Michigan
**Private Watercraft Permits may be reserved for the Pere Marquette River by calling the U.S. Forest Service at 1231-745-4631