The Muskegon River is the second largest river in Michigan and has its headwaters in Houghton Lake in Roscommon County, flowing out of the North Bay into neighboring Missaukee County. For there it flows mostly southwest to Muskegon, Michigan, where it empties into Muskegon Lake. Muskegon Lake is connected to Lake Michigan via a mile-long channel.
The Manistee River runs approximately 232 miles through Michigan’s northern lower peninsula, through the villages of Sharon, Smithville, Mesick, Wellston and enters Lake Michigan at Manistee. It is considered to be one of the best trout fisheries east of the Rockies.