The only rivers presently needing a non-motorized watercraft permit in Michigan are the
Pere Marquette and the Pine. Permits are required for certain sections of these two rivers
from Memorial Day Friday to Labor Day. According to the U. S. 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 stretches of the Pere Marquette River.
3. The reservation fee is $2/watercraft permit/day. This fee is neither refundable nor
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
8. Preferred 2020 method of reserving permits is through www.recreation.gov
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.