DETROIT – Alcohol consumption is now a punishable offense on three Michigan rivers starting this summer.
The National Forest Service announced Wednesday that alcohol will be prohibited on the following Michigan rivers within the Huron-Manistee National Forests:
Between May 24 and Sept. 2, alcohol will be banned on portions of the rivers and within 200 feet of the rivers. Violators could be fined up to $5,000 or face 5 years in prison.
The Forest Service said pollution, disturbing fish/wildlife habitat and more people using the areas are the main reasons for putting this into action. The order doesn't apply to private land or designated campgrounds.