I am just starting to look into buying 10-20 acres in NW Michigan to build a small cabin on for hunting and fishing. I do some trout fishing and very little steelhead and salmon fishing but would like to do a lot more. The distance to drive clear across the state and then have to turn around and come back is the big reason I am looking to buy land in that area. I want to be near salmon and steelhead water so I am focusing on the NW. I also deer and grouse hunt. I'm leaning towards Wexford, Manistee, and Kalkaska counties but would be ok with going further North and being closer to some of the ski lifts if there is still good salmon/steelheading. Are there any smaller rivers that offer good migratory fish fishing that I am overlooking? At this stage I am mostly looking for thoughts on areas with great fishing, proximity to cool towns or areas for my family eg Petoskey, Traverse City, Sleeping Bear Dunes, near by public land, snowmobilie trails, ski hills, and hunting but with the emphasis on great fishing. I will be doing some driving and boot leather looking early spring but am looking to narrow down my starting point. If you were looking to build a cabin where would you look?