October 27, 28, 29 Mike took a couple days off from work so we could enjoy our anniversary with a trip to Fern Dog's cabin. The weather was changing almost constantly, with rain one minute then sunshine the next.
We headed up US 31 turning off on M-120 to go northeast, there was still beautiful autumn color in the trees.
We saw the sign for Pines Point (M-120 and west on Garfield Rd. to south 168th Ave.) and decided it was a good time to revisit this place. It is beautiful here, right along the White River.
Pines Point is in the Manistee National Forest and there is a fee to visit. You will find that the canoe/kayak is a walk-in landing. This site is popular for tubing on the White River during the summer, with a half-hour float around the peninsula located in the picnic area. It is quiet and secluded, surrounded by towering white pine.
Tilly got out of the car to stretch her legs and have a sniff here and there. She likes going for car rides, but it is getting very hard for her to get in and out of the car. We have to put the front seat all the way forward then she can get her front paws up on the floor of the backseat area. Usually she needs a boost with her rear half. Not sure how many more trips she will be with us.
Mike wanted a different way to go north, so checking my Michigan County Atlas by Dave Brown, I saw the Walkinshaw Wetlands were just a bit north from here, so that's where we went. I don't know much about this place. Here is some info about Walkinshaw Wetlands. It is a 1,000 acre expanse of marsh and wet meadows. America's third largest bird the Sandhill Crane, known for its leaping displays in the spring mating season, nest here in the Walkinshaw Wetlands, part of the Manistee National Forest, southeast of Walkerville.
Next stop Green Cottage Access point on the Pere Marquette River, also in the Manistee National Forest. This site has canoe access, a boat launch, parking, toilets, angler walk-in fishing. And this green cottage. Nearest intersection is Peacock Rd. and 72nd St., this is just a few miles southwest of Baldwin.
Pere Marquette River
After this we bumped over to Baldwin and stopped in at the US Forest Service Ranger Station. This is a great places to stop for info and maps, I even bought three new nature books.