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  • Michigan's Natural Rivers Program
    Michigan is blessed with tens of thousands of miles of rivers and streams, including more than 12,000 miles of cold water trout streams! The Natural Rivers Program was developed to preserve, protect and enhance our state's finest river systems for the use and enjoyment of current and future generations by allowing property owners their right to reasonable development, while protecting Michigan's unique river resources.

    Photo of two people canoeing down a riverSince 1970, 2,091 miles on sixteen rivers or segments of rivers have been designated into Michigan's Natural River System. In the order they were designated, the Natural River system includes the Jordan, Betsie, Rogue, Two Hearted, White, Boardman, Huron, Pere Marquette, Flat, Rifle, Lower Kalamazoo, Pigeon, AuSable, Fox, Pine, and Upper Manistee rivers.

    Click here for a map of designated rivers.

    Follow this link for more on how administration of the program works.

    The Natural Rivers Program is part of the Habitat Management Unit within Fisheries Division of the Department of Natural Resources.