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.

Currently 2,091 miles of river and streams are designated as state Natural Rivers under authority of Part 305, Natural Rivers of PA 451 of 1994. Contact a program staff person for additional information.

To view a map, select a river name from the map or list (average file size 175KB).

Map showing Michigan's Natural RiversFox River Two Hearted River Boardman River Pigeon River Pere Marquette Manistee River (Upper) Au Sable River Pine River Flat River White River Rogue River Kalamazoo River Huron River Rifle River Betsie River Boardman River Jordan River Pigeon River Fox River Two Hearted River

Photo of the Rifle River
by Brian Bury
989-732-3541 ext. 5088
Photo of the Rifle River