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Michigan’s Betsie River is one of a few Michigan rivers designated as wild and scenic by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and is part of the state’s “Natural Rivers System”.  These designations provide limits to the development permitted along the river’s banks and ensure that they remain ecologically preserved and esthetically as natural as possible. The Betsie winds through three counties before emptying into Betsie Lake at Frankfort and finally into Lake Michigan. It provides recreation to swimmers, fisherman, canoeists, hikers, hunters and sightseers. 

The river supports a large natural trout population and boasts huge runs of Lake Michigan Salmon and Steelhead during the fall, winter, and spring.  It has some of Michigan’s best natural trout waters and is internationally recognized as one of Michigan’s finest trout streams. 

Whether you come to fish for the big ones or just walk its banks for a peaceful respite, the Betsie is a jewel in the crown of Michigan’s wild and scenic rivers.