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The Pine River Watershed

The Pine River is a Michigan Natural River and Blue Ribbon Trout Stream which flows through parts of Wexford, Osceola, Lake, and Manistee Counties.  The Pine River watershed drains an area of 265 square miles which includes the main branch as well as a number of tributaries. The main branch of the Pine River is approximately 49 miles which is formed by the confluence of the North and East Branch Pine River near Tustin in Osceola County. The river joins the Manistee River at Tippy Dam, which serves as a barrier to many aquatic invasive species from the Great Lakes.  The Pine is also a Wild and Scenic River, and flows through the Huron-Manistee National Forest. It is also home to a unique population of self-sustaining non-migratory rainbow trout, and supports naturally reproducing brook and brown trout as well. 

The Pine River Watershed Restoration Committee is a comprised of a variety of state, local, federal, and private entities, and oversees conservation-based projects throughout the watershed.

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This page last updated on 11/4/2019.