It appears the only rivers presently needing a non-motorized watercraft permit in Michigan are
the Pere Marquette and Pine rivers. According to the United States Forest Service...
1. Permits may be reserved in advance beginning January 1st each year.
2. Permits may also be obtained on the same day you plan to take a river trip. Keep in mind, opportunities for obtaining a permit
without a reservation may be limited particularly for weekends, holidays, or on a certain stretch of the Pere Marquette River.
3. The reservation fee is $2/watercraft permit/day. This fee is neither refundable nor transferable.
4. A permit is not considered reserved until payment has been received. Payment must be received within 14 days of making a
reservation. If payment is not received during this time, your permit(s) will be released without notification. Any payment received
after 14 days will be returned.
5. Each reservation is limited to a maximum of 8 watercraft permits.
6. A maximum of 4 reserved trip dates, at one time, including one holiday weekend, per person will be allowed.
7. Permits must be picked up by 10:00 a.m. on the day of a trip unless other arrangements are made.
8. Contact the Baldwin/White Cloud Ranger Station to make your reservation. Their phone number is 231-745-4631 and their
address is 650 North Michigan Avenue in Baldwin MI 49304.
We have not found any rivers in Wisconsin that require a non-motorized watercraft permit.