Visit the Pere Marquette River

The Pere Marquette River is a designated National Wild and Scenic River--covering 66 miles over four counties. It flows westerly from Lake County, through the communities of Baldwin, Branch, Walhalla, Custer, Scottville, and Ludington--draining into Pere Marquette Lake and eventually Lake Michigan. The PM River is not deep, averaging two to four feet deep and about 30-40 feet wide.

The Pere Marquette Loop makes for a nice short trip. It starts at Old US-31 in Ludington and circles near the State Road Bridge. From there to Scottville Riverside Park, the river becomes wider with no landings, making for a long trip. Custer Park and Indian Bridge are two landing spots within the section between Scottville and Walhalla, where the river is wide and deep. Starting in Walhalla, there are three major sections: Walhalla to the Upper Branch Bridge; Upper Branch to Bowman's Bridge and Bowman's Bridge to the M-37 Bridge in Baldwin.

The PM River is an extremely popular fishing location, due to the abundance of rainbow trout. Steelhead are also very prominent, as well as various species of frogs, crayfish, snakes, and turtles. Within the Manistee-Huron National Forest that surrounds the Pere Marquette River, there's an abundance of wildlife including deer, wild turkey and small game.

The current of the Pere Marquette River is steady and considerably clear, which makes it perfect for paddlers with basic skills. Depending what section you decide to canoe or kayak, your trip can take you anywhere from a few hours to a few days. There are numerous canoe liveries along the river, and over 2,000 private campsites dispersed throughout the watershed.

Whatever your preference--sport fishing, a relaxing canoe trip, or camping in the forest--the Pere Marquette River and surrounding area is the perfect spot for your next vacation or day trip.

It's a very short drive between the many charming communities in our area, including Baldwin, Ludington, Scottville, Hamlin Lake, Manistee, Pentwater, and Silver Lake.

Our PM River visitors business sections include information for Boating & Fishing, Restaurants, Shopping, Things to Do, Lodging, and more. If you own a home in the area, or are looking to buy a fixer upper you will find all your home improvement needs on our Homes & Gardens website. Other valuable business information can be found on our locally produced

Any season--any time--the Pere Marquette River is where you want to be.

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