Huron-Manistee National Forest Bans Alcohol on Several Northern Michigan Rivers

The Huron-Manistee National Forest is banning alcohol on certain parts of several Northern Michigan rivers.

The forest service says it’s because of persistent public safety issues..

And to help protect the rivers themselves.

The ban will remain in effect through the summer recreation season from May 24 to September 2.

You cannot have alcohol within 200 feet of:

  • the Ausable River between Mio Dam Pond and 4001 Canoe Landing.
  • the Manistee River between Tippy Dam
  • the Huron-Manistee National Forests’ administrative boundary.
  • the Pine River between Elm Flats and Low Bridge.

It does not apply to private land, developed campgrounds and designated campsites.

The U.S. Forest Service says violating the order could net you a $5,000 fine, or six months in jail.