Not sure I want to argue the point on the U.P., just keep thinking that. Spoiled wasteland up thereI have never fished the PM, but I have fished the Muskegon, the Betsie, the White, and the Manistee.
Except in a few areas, which are the exception rather than the rule, I always feel like I'm fishing in someones backyard; and I've read between the lines enough to figure out that it is a very similar situation on the PM.
Not only that, but unlike other states where it is legal to walk on shore below the high-water mark, I don't believe you are allowed to leave the water when adjacent to private land. I have almost fallen in numerous times when wading and dry land was literally only a few feet away.
We are very spoiled in the west, where we can go days without even seeing infrastructure when we fish, so if it wasn't for my high school buddies who I fish with in Michigan I would be taking a pass on the entire state.
That being said, I have never fished the UP, but I have read enough Jim Harrison books to know that the robber barons have pretty much decimated the UP as well with their unregulated mining and logging back in the day.
Sadly, Michigan is just one more Paradise Lost.
The law in Michigan is, you can wade a navigable stream. If you encounter an obstruction or other situation where you need to get out and walk around, you can enter private property above the high water mark. Once past the obstruction/etc you need to re-enter the water. You are not allowed to fish from shore on private property.
Know the law where ever you fish, it can settle arguments fast. Most of the time the land owner knows the law but it doesn't keep him from bullying anglers. Angler harassment is punishable by up to $500 fine.
I have every Regional DNR office phone number in my phone.