• Michigan's Natural Rivers Program

    Photo of two people canoeing down a riverMichigan's Natural Rivers program is a river protection effort that protects the natural quality of select river systems throughout the state by regulating their use and development through zoning rules.

    There are 16 designated Natural River systems in Michigan. The designation includes the mainstream, as well as most of the tributaries. The 16 rivers are: Au Sable, Boardman, Betsie, Flat, Fox, Huron, Jordan, Kalamazoo (lower), Manistee (upper), Pere Marquette, Pigeon, Pine, Rifle, Rogue, Two Hearted and White.