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River Guides, Long Boats, and Bait Shops: Michigan River Culture

Life in Michigan has been shaped not only by its Great Lakes but also by its small lakes, rivers, and streams. Across the northern part of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, a network of rivers has provided transportation, subsistence, and pleasure for Native Americans, lumbermen, and eventually recreational fishermen. Rivers such as the Au Sable and Pere Marquette have rich local traditions in guiding, fishing, fly-tying, and boat building. Each of these rivers, to different degrees, has spawned a sense of place that has been sustained by an interaction between those who lived along the river and the ecology of the river itself. Building on ...

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