Our Waters

The waters of northern Michigan are nothing short of an angler's paradise.  Clear, cold water bubbling out of glacial sands, flowing over beautiful gravel riffles, and massive submerged lumber logs reminiscent of an era-gone by.  This is Hemingway country, home to the Pigeon River Country State Forest, and a place where famous individuals like John Voelker - the author of Anatomy of a Murder and Trout Madness - and Paul Young - the bamboo rod maker and fly shop owner from Detroit - fished with guide Teddy Kotowich on the Jordan River.

Things are surely different than they were in the early 20th century, but the serenity and beauty of our rivers, as well as the legends among them continue to stand the test of time.

EK Preserve

The epitome of a Northern Michigan trout stream. Manicured banks, beautiful runs & riffles, and stunning trout. Exclusive access available only through Boyne Outfitters.

Boyne River

Relatively small for most of its length, however, do not let its small size fool you. There are some great angling opportunites in these waters.

Jordan River

Michigan's First Natural River. Considered by many as the most scenic locale in Northern Michigan, the Jordan River Valley is a beautiful escape from the ordinary.

Upper Manistee

The upper reaches of the Manistee River - or the Upper Manistee as most refer to it - is classic Michigan trout water in true form and arguably contains some of the best fly fishing opportunities in the Midwest.

Sturgeon River

The fastest river in Michigan's lower peninsula. Cold and well oxygenated, the Sturgeon offers fantastic fishing opportunities along its northern route to Burt Lake.

Pigeon River

A Michigan Natural River and the heart of 'The Big Wild' - Michigan's Pigeon River Country State Forest. A classic blue ribbon trout stream hidden from the noise of modern civilization.

Black River

“This is the way forests were in the olden days. This is about the last good country there is left." Hemingway Country, through and through, and one of the finest brook trout streams east of the Mississippi.

Maple River

Cold and sandy bottomed with a beautiful tannin stain and a healthy population of brook, brown and rainbow trout... the Maple is a classic Northern Michigan trout stream tucked away in northwest Michigan.

Great Lakes Flats

Gorgeous scenery and crystal clear blue waters will transport you to a caribbean-like state-of-mind while sight-casting to smallmouth and carp in the unsalted waters of the northern Great Lakes.

Inland Route

Michigan's longest navigable chain of rivers and lakes. Crystal clear waters. World-record smallmouth bass. The Inland Route is a unique adventure for any angler.

Torch Lake

Michigan's "little slice of the Caribbean" according to National Geographic, Torch Lake is unrivaled in beauty. But it's the world-record Atlantic Salmon fishery that has anglers interested.