Class I Dowagiac River, MI

Dowagiac River Water Trail (Dowagiac to Niles)

The Dowagiac River Water Trail flows through rural southwest Michigan. The river is moderately paced. The Dowagiac River is the largest coldwater river system in southern Michigan. The river is lined with trees and wetlands and offers fantastic views of wildlife. The Dowagiac River also offers great fishing and is known for brown trout and its steelhead and salmon runs. Both Dowagiac and Niles have many restaurants and other amenities. There is a canoe/kayak rental business on M-51 north of Dowagiac offering 2-6 hour trips. (

Section Details

Trip Length Full Day, 19.0 Miles
Fishing Yes
Camping No
Manager Private, Southwest Michigan Planning Commission
Wild & Scenic No
Water Trail Yes
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