Bangor to South Haven Heritage Water Trail

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This water trail is one of nine designated heritage water trails in Michigan, offering 15 interpretive signs along the river. There are two “family-friendly” sections on the water trail. The first is the upper three miles from Lions Park in Bangor downstream to County Road 687. The other is an eight-mile section from the Basic Family Access Site (County Road 384) to South Haven. The section between County Road 687 and the Basic Family Access (CR 384) is called the "wilderness section," and paddlers can expect obstacles, major ones.   Scroll down to the map for trailhead and river access locations.

Pathway Maintenance 2019 Update:  
The Bangor/South Haven Heritage Water Trail from Bangor to 71 1/2 St is very hazardous right now! Due to the enormous amount of rain we have received in May. No section of the Water Trail has been worked on. The height of the river is very high right now and the flow rate is very fast. There are many strainers and downed trees. Conditions need to improve in order for our chainsaw team to work in the river. Paddling is hazardous at the current time!   Please understand that we do our best to keep this information updated, but the river is always changing and logs may fall and/or move downstream creating new obstacles.  

Please be sure to check the weather forecast and up-to-date river flow conditions on the USGS web page.   Click Here for an Important Note about SAFETY, LIABILITY AND PADDLING ETIQUETTE.  Also check out the weather and safety information web page on this site for more information about responsible paddling. 

Most important, help us keep the Black River a beautiful and healthy. Pack out ALL your trash and consider taking along a trash bag and picking up any trash you encounter along the river. Thanks and enjoy the river!

Bangor to South Haven Heritage Water Trail Places
Access to River, Lake or Stream Access to River, Lake or Stream
Accomodation Accomodation
Campground Campground
Health Care Health Care
Lighthouse Lighthouse
Marina or Harbor Marina or Harbor
Maritime History Maritime History
Outfitter Outfitter
Trailhead Trailhead
Transportation Transportation