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Menominee River State Recreation Area

Menominee River State Recreation AreaActivities and recreation

Hiking Hiking

Hiking opportunities are available on the Pemene Falls hiking trail found in the Pemene Falls Unit of the property. Hiking on the Sand Portage hiking trail can be found on the Piers Gorge Unit of the property. Other trails and logging roads exist on the property, but are not maintained and managed as designated trails. Hiking trail descriptions.


Piers Gorge overlook: Piers 1, 2 and 3 are the best views from the Michigan Side of the River. Access to the Piers Gorge hiking trails and viewing area are off of Hwy 8 and Piers Gorge Road. Pier 4 is best viewed from the Sand Portage hiking trail.

Rafters on the river
Rafting near Sand Portage Falls.

Quiver Falls overlook: This overlook is directly at Quiver falls. Remnants of dams and cribbing (for log runs) are left from the logging era, which are visible upstream. It is accessible via Pemene Dam Road. A parking area and footpath leads to an area to look at the falls. A viewing area and parking lot is accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Pemene Falls overlook: This overlook is primitive and is accessed via the Pemene Falls hiking trail. The trail ends at the edge of the gorge. There is no developed viewing area, but it's a sight to see. Remnants of an old concrete dam still exist. During the spring flow, the water thunders through a granite constriction in the river corridor.

Pemene Falls
Pemene Falls in Autumn.

Camping Camping

Camping at Menominee River State Recreation Area

Canoeing & Kayaking Canoeing and kayaking

This stretch of river and roughly 13 miles upstream are some of the few remaining portions of the Menominee River still exhibiting the wild, undeveloped characteristics of a free flowing river. The property provides rustic canoe launches at Quiver Falls and a concrete boat launch at Saler Landing off Rattie Road, and the gravel Pemene boat landing off of Horseshoe Road. Other launches exist beyond the property and on the Michigan side. The majority of the river is broad and gentle, with some rapids. Pemene Falls to the south is a mandatory portage (Michigan side).

Kayaking on the river.

A comprehensive canoe trail map of the Menominee River, including this property and upstream tributaries such as the Brule, Paint and Michigamme Rivers was produced in 2003 by We Energies. This is a valuable asset if you are considering a canoe trip on this river system. Part 3 includes the stretch of river along the Menominee River Natural Resources Area. The canoe trail map costs $3 for each part or $9 for the entire set (includes postage). Ask for the Menominee Watershed Canoe Trail maps and specify which parts by contacting:

Wild Rivers Interpretive Center
4793 Forestry Drive
Florence, WI 54121

Fishing Fishing

Fishing is available in the Menominee River. The Menominee River is known for its smallmouth bass fishing. Many other fish species are present as well.

Hunting Trapping Hunting and trapping

Hunting and trapping are permitted in the property during legal hunting and trapping seasons.

Winter Activities Winter activities

The property is open for snowshoeing and ungroomed cross-country skiing. Marinette County ATV/snowmobile trails cross parts of the property.

The opening and closing of snowmobile trails is at the discretion of each county. Snowmobile trails which cross DNR lands are opened and closed consistent with the surrounding county (or counties). Whenever possible, the opening and closing of snowmobile trails is done on a county-wide basis, however localized conditions may require localized trail opening and closing. It is the responsibility of the county to provide notification about the status of snowmobile trails. The Travel Wisconsin Snow Conditions Report [exit DNR], and local club and county snowmobile web pages [exit DNR] and telephone hotlines will provide the most current information.

Winter scene
Quiver falls in winter.

Last revised: Tuesday September 05 2017