Upper Branch Bridge
Exact Location:
Lake County- North Country Trail crossing of the Pere Marquette River on South Branch Road.
Upper Branch Bridge
approaching Upper Branch Bridge on the Pere Marquette River by kayak (photo by jhy)

Upper Branch Bridge is a road crossing of the Pere Marquette River south of Branch, Michigan. The North Country Trail uses this bridge to cross the river, and is likely to do so in perpetuity due to the Wild and Scenic River designation which prohibits the addition of any bridges.

Parking, potable water, latrines and river access for boats are available. Recreation Fee site (daily/yearly pass or Interagency Senior Pass).

Elk Campground is walk-in or paddle-in only, and is about a half mile west (downstream) of Upper Branch Bridge via an unmarked trail along the river.

Upper Branch Bridge
Upper Branch Bridge and roadwalk north (trail west). (photo by jhy)

The bridge itself was built in 1957 and is dedicated in honor of Matt Stevensen, supervisor, by the Lake County Road Commisioners.

Also see:
Pere Marquette River
Elk Campground

plaque on bridge
personal experience

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The North Country National Scenic Trail is 4600 miles long, spanning seven states. For more information, visit the North Country Trail Association