Do the names like McKinnon Bend, Tin Shanty Bridge, and Crockett Rapids mean anything to you? Well they should. The Black River, eastern-most of the northern "headwaters" streams, has long been considered one of Michigan's finest brook trout fisheries. Located in Otsego, Cheboygan, Motmorency and Presque Isle counties upstream of Black Lake, the Black River is the only river in Michigan's lower peninsula exclusively managed for brook trout. A quaint river with big potential, you'll have to tangle with the tag alders if you want to tangle with a 15"+ brookie, but sometimes the risks are worth the rewards. Much of the upper water of the Black is located in the Pigeon River Country State Forest, and when fishing for those late season brook trout in full spawning colors, it's not uncommon to hear a bull elk bugle in the distance.