It's a fact that Michigan has some of the most beautiful rivers in the world. And because of that - and ostensibly the need to protect them - alcohol  has been banned on the National Wild and Scenic River sections of the AuSable, Manistee and Pine rivers.

According to MLive.com, officials with the Huron-Manistee National Forests announced the ban yesterday. The AuSable, Manistee and Pine are three of the finest trout fishing streams in the world, so obviously you don't want to scare the fish. (Seriously - I thinks that's what's going on here)

The ban affects a fraction of each river. Only about 25 miles of each river are affected - and private lands, developed campgrounds, and designated campsites in those areas will NOT be affected. The ban lasts through the summer. However, if they catch you with your 30 pack, it's a maximum fine of $5,000 and imprisonment for up to five years.

Yikes - here's the story.