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Located on the Upper Manistee River seven miles west of Grayling, Michigan and just south of M-72,the house sits on a bluff about fifty feet back from and overlooking the river. There is a stairway down to a four foot by eight foot dock which gives access to the water for such things as swimming, canoeing, kayaking, wading, tubing, fly fishing or wildlife viewing. The river is approximately three to four feet deep just in front of the dock making it perfect for an afternoon dip in the heat of the summer sun.To the left of the dock are wooden steps going into the river making easy access for youngsters and/or fly fisherman to reach shallower waters. If you are looking for a Retreat, this is the place. Leave your cares at home because there is no place for them here.

At the end of the street there is a private undeveloped parcel. The picture at the right was taken from the area looking toward the house. You can see our dock on the left of the picture about 1/2 way up. Sometimes wildlife, including deer, can be found drinking from the river at daybreak or early evening. At daybreak and again in the late afternoon it is not unusual to find a Great Blue Heron quietly stalking it's prey in the shallows just across the river. At the top of our bluff is a hammock which overlooks the river and seems to beckon one to lay down and rest under the swaying pine trees - just for a little while.

The Upper Manistee River has been classified as a Natural River. This means that future development will have to meet certain standards - standards that will help to maintain the quality of the river and the river environment. The Natural Rivers Act along with the Upper Manistee River Association will be working together to make sure that there is a healthy trout population too. The house sits on a stretch of the Manistee River that is well known for it's Brook and Brown trout population. It is, also, a well kept secret that a 20" Brown lives under the dock here! This section of the river is for fly fishing only and is open all year round. The Catch and Eat season runs from the last Saturday in April thru September 30. The rest of the year is Catch and Release ONLY. For more information on fishing and other local activities click on the Activities button above.

Manistee River Retreat

Grayling, Michigan 49738

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