Huron-Manistee National Forests prohibit alcohol to protect National Wild and Scenic Rivers

CADILLAC — The Huron-Manistee National Forests have issued a closure order prohibiting the possession of alcoholic beverages on the AuSable, Manistee and Pine National Wild and Scenic Rivers.

“The closure order is intended to address persistent public safety issues and protect natural resources on rivers of outstanding recreational value,” said Huron-Manistee National Forests Supervisor Leslie Auriemmo.  “Our goal is to create a safer, more sustainable, and more enjoyable experience for the thousands of visitors who recreate on our National Wild and Scenic Rivers each year.”

The closure order will remain in effect throughout the summer recreation season, which runs from May 24 to Sept. 2, 2019.  It will apply on and within 200 feet of the:

• AuSable River between Mio Dam Pond and 4001 Canoe Landing;

• Manistee River between Tippy Dam and the Huron-Manistee National Forests’ Administrative Boundary; and

• Pine River between Elm Flats and Low Bridge.

Private lands, developed campgrounds and designated campsites within those river corridors will not be affected by the closure order.  Violation of the closure order is punishable by a maximum fine of $5,000 and imprisonment for up to six months.

“Our National Wild and Scenic Rivers provide ample fresh water, critical fish and wildlife habitat, and family-friendly recreational opportunities,” said Auriemmo. “The Huron-Manistee National Forests are obligated to ensure that present and future generations can safely enjoy those benefits.”

The closure order and maps of the affected river corridors are available on the Huron-Manistee National Forests’ website.  For more information, please contact the Huron-Manistee National Forests Supervisor’s Office at (231) 775-2421.

The National Wild and Scenic Rivers System was created by Congress in 1968 to preserve certain rivers with outstanding natural, cultural, and recreational values in a free-flowing condition for the enjoyment of present and future generations.  Since its establishment, the System has grown to include more than 200 rivers nationwide.

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