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The Manistee River in the U.S. state of Michigan, runs approximately 232 miles through the northern Lower Peninsula, through the villages of Sharon, Smithville, Mesick, and enters Lake Michigan at Manistee. It is considered, like the nearby Au Sable River, to be one of the best trout fisheries east of the Rockies. The river rises in the sand hills in southeastern Antrim County, on the border with Otsego County, about six miles southeast of the town of Alba. These deep glacial sands provide it with a remarkably stable flow of clean cold water year round, making it a popular river for fishing as well as canoeing. Over the course of its length, it drops in elevation from around 1,300 to 582 feet (400–177 m), with an average stream gradient of about 2.9 feet per mile (55 cm/km).
Today the river is used extensively for recreation, offering excellent conditions for canoeing, boating, and fishing. Having recovered from the ravages of the logging era, the river is again considered among the finest trout and salmon rivers in the country.