♦ Welcome to the Pigeon River Country. This site is a photographic history of
my 50+ years spent camping, fishing, hunting and biking this beautiful
region. The Pigeon River Country encompasses approximately 95,000 acres
and was created in October of 1973 by the Michigan Department of Natural
Resources. It is located in the northern part of Michigan's lower peninsula
and is at the center of the range of the only large, wild elk herd east of the
Mississippi River. I hope you enjoy the website as much as I do!
♦ ATTENTION: Several miles of the Pigeon River were decimated and most
of the fish killed because someone at the Song of the Morning Ranch, a
yoga center, apparently messed up when opening a gate on a private
hydroelectric dam and released tons of soft black silt. MDNR estimates that
the 2008 event caused by the Golden Lotus Inc. Dam killed 474,486 trout in
the Pigeon River between the dam and highway M-68 Bridge. Numerical
losses were highest for young-of-year trout, particularly rainbow trout.
Nearly 25,000 yearling-and-older trout were killed by the event and over
2,000 of these fish were 12 inches or longer. More click here...
♦ The Department of Natural Resources announced that the state's Forest
Recreation Program has seen a 63-percent decrease in funding in the last
three years, resulting in the need for the department to close 23 under-
performing state forest campgrounds in the northern Lower Peninsula and the
Upper Peninsula. 2 of the proposed campgrounds are located in the Pigeon River
Country State Forest and include Pigeon Bridge and Round Lake state forest campgrounds - Otsego County.
The order to close the 23 campgrounds will be submitted as a proposal at the Michigan Natural Resources Commission (NRC) meeting in
Lansing, and will be eligible for action by DNR Director Rodney Stokes at the NRC's May 12 meeting in Flint. If approved at the May meeting,
the closures would be effective on May 19, 2011. Please direct all comments regarding the proposed state forest campground closures to
DNR-FMD-RECTRAILS@michigan.gov. To read the informational memo on the state forest campground closures provided to the NRC at the
April 7 meeting, go to the NRC's website at www.michigan.gov/nrc and click on Agendas and Minutes to find the April 7 agenda. To read the
memo, click on the box for the order on page two of the agenda. Further info to follow.
Biking the Pigeon River trails
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