Manistee

Weather Forecast for the Manistee River:

Snow Showers
Sunday 11/19/2017 40%
Snow Showers
Mainly cloudy with snow showers around in the morning. Temps nearly steady in the low to mid 30s. Winds NW at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of snow 40%. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.
Clear
Monday 11/20/2017 10%
Clear
Mainly sunny. High 46F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph.
Overcast
Tuesday 11/21/2017 0%
Overcast
Overcast. High 42F. Winds W at 15 to 25 mph.
Partly Cloudy
Wednesday 11/22/2017 0%
Partly Cloudy
Cloudy skies early, then partly cloudy in the afternoon. High 31F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.
Mostly Cloudy
Thursday 11/23/2017 0%
Mostly Cloudy
Mostly cloudy. Temps nearly steady in the low to mid 30s. Winds WNW at 10 to 20 mph.
Chance of Rain
Friday 11/24/2017 50%
Chance of Rain
Partly cloudy in the morning. Increasing clouds with periods of showers later in the day. High 38F. Winds SW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Manistee River

About the Manistee River:

Manistee RiverThe Manistee River in the U.S. state of Michigan, runs 190 miles (310 km) through the northern Lower Peninsula, through the villages of Sharon, Smithville, and Mesick, and enters Lake Michigan at Manistee. It is considered, like the nearby Au Sable River, to be one of the best trout fisheries east of the Rockies.

The river rises in the sand hills in southeastern Antrim County, on the border with Otsego County, about 6 miles (10 km) southeast of the town of Alba. These deep glacial sands provide it with a remarkably stable flow of clean cold water year round, making it a popular river for fishing as well as canoeing. Over the course of its length, it drops in elevation from around 1,250 to 579 feet (380 to 176 m), with an average stream gradient of about 2.9 feet per mile (55 cm/km).

Manistee RiverThe name “Manistee” is from an Ojibwe word whose derivation is uncertain. However, it may be from ministigweyaa, “river with islands at its mouth”. Historically, the upper river was renowned for its outstanding grayling fishery, among the finest in the world, as catches in excess of 1000 fish per weekend outing were commonly reported up until the 1880s, when extensive logging in the area ruined the habitat. Logging in the area commenced in earnest between 1880 and 1910, with peak production occurring in the 1890s. The river’s relatively large size, stable flows, and dearth of cataracts or other difficult passages made it ideal for the transportation of lumber. During this period huge numbers of white pine logs, some as large as 6 feet (1.8 m) in diameter, were floated down the river to the port at Manistee and eventually on to the lumber markets of Grand Rapids, Milwaukee and Chicago, where the wood was used to build the cities and towns of the Midwestern United States. Some of these logs became trapped at various points on the river, and can be seen today along the river bottom, vestiges of a bygone era.

Today the river is used extensively for recreation, offering excellent conditions for canoeing, boating, and fishing. Having recovered from the ravages of the logging era, the river is again considered among the finest trout and salmon rivers in the country. Commercial navigation is possible in the lower stretches of the river below the Tippy Dam.

Lodging Options for the Manistee River:

Little River Casino Resort is a very nice hotel in Manistee, MI. It would be a good option for our salmon and steelhead fisherman when we are fishing the Big Manistee.

High Bridge Cabins, 231-848-4199 — Nice clean cabins. They are the closest cabins to the Big Manistee River.  This lodging is for the Manistee River. It is where we do some of our salmon and steelhead fishing.

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