The Huron-Manistee National Forests announced Wednesday that it issued an order banning the possession of alcoholic beverages on the Au Sable, Manistee and Pine rivers.
Leslie Auriemmo, Huron-Manistee National Forests supervisor, said the goal is to address public safety concerns and preserve natural resources. Violating the order could land a person in jail.
“Our goal is to create a safer, more sustainable, and more enjoyable experience for the thousands of visitors who recreate on our National Wild and Scenic Rivers each year," Auriemmo said.
The order will remain in effect from May 24 to Sept. 2, 2019. It will apply on and within 200 feet of the:
• Au Sable River between Mio Dam Pond and 4001 Canoe Landing
• Manistee River between Tippy Dam and the Huron-Manistee National Forests’ administrative boundary
• Pine River between Elm Flats and Low Bridge
The penalty for violating the order is a fine of up to $5,000 and up to six months in jail.
The nearly one-million-acre Huron-Manistee National Forests is in the northern half of the Lower Peninsula.
Officials said the order does not apply to private land, developed campgrounds and designated campsites within the river corridors.
For more information,visit Huron-Manistee National Forests’ website, www.fs.usda.gov/hmnf, or call the supervisor's office at 231-775-2421.