The Dowagiac River Water Trail flows through rural southwest Michigan. The river is moderately paced and family friendly. The Dowagiac River is the largest coldwater river system in southern Michigan. The river is lined with trees and wetlands and offers fantastic views of wildlife. The Dowagiac River also offers great fishing and is known for brown trout and its steelhead and salmon runs.
The trail starts north of Dowagiac and then the river connects to the St. Joseph River Trail in Niles. Both Dowagiac and Niles have many restaurants and other amenities. There is one dam on the river at Pucker Street; however, this dam is slated for removal by 2017- 2018. The dam is located in a Niles City park (Losenksy Park) and portaging is possible. The MDNR access site along M139 just north of Niles is the last access site before entering the St. Joseph River.
This is a private canoe livery that offers canoe trips on the Dowagiac.
This is a Niles CIty Park with access to the Dowagiac River.
MDNR access to the Dowagiac River