Pere Marquette River Map with Business Locations...Renowned for Great Recreational Boating and Fishing

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.

Since our map of the Pere Marquette River is so large, we have divided the river into two sections: east and west. Click on the link below either map to see an enlarged view.

Western Section of the Pere Marquette River

The western section of the Pere Marquette River empties into Pere Marquette Lake where the Lake Michigan Carferry, S.S. Badger is docked, and eventually past Ludington's North Breakwater Light and into Lake Michigan. Some of the more popular things to do along this section of the Pere Marquette River would be fishing at the Twin Bridges on Pere Marquette Highway, and canoeing or kayaking the "Loop" starting at the launch near Pere Marquette Expeditions. Scottville's Riverside Park is perhaps the most popular landing along the western section of the Pere Marquette River.

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Eastern Section of the Pere Marquette River

The eastern section of the Pere Marquette River is world-famous for fly-fishing. Anglers travel to Baldwin where they can brush up on their casting skills with a fly-fishing school, and shop for the latest fishing gear. Classes are fairly small (ranging from one to two dozen participants) with lots of personal instruction both in a classroom setting and on-stream. Anglers will learn about equipment, knots, different methods of casting, mending lines, stream entomology, behavior and anatomy of trout, reading the water, how to fish with dry and wet flies, fish fighting skills, catch and release methods, river ethics, and much more. Fly-fishing schools typically include lodging, meals, and gear along with instruction.

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For more activities & attractions, check out these additional links for Things to Do in West Michigan:

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Ludington Activities & Things to Do -- Play on a beautiful beach, take a tour at Historic White Pine Village, or explore the barn quilt trail, murals or sculptures in the county--Ludington offers many fun things to do for the entire family!
Have Fun in Manistee, Michigan -- Explore Manistee's historic downtown district and riverwalk, hike the Manistee National Forest, canoe on the Manistee River, and more.
Hamlin Lake -- Just 4 miles north of Ludington, Hamlin Lake is a great destination for boating, fishing and climbing dunes! The Hamlin Lake shoreline is also part of the Ludington State Park.
Silver Lake Sand Dunes -- Visiting the Silver Lake Sand Dunes makes for a terrific vacation because you can take your off-road vehicle for a spin on the scenic sand dunes overlooking Lake Michigan and Silver Lake.
Things to Do in Pentwater, Michigan -- Nothing is quite like the quaint, artsy, harbortown village of Pentwater. Don't miss the popular Charles Mears State Park beach on Pentwater's Lake Michigan shoreline.
Lots of Activities in Scottville, Michigan -- Explore the Riverside Park along the National Scenic Pere Marquette River.
Canoeing or Fishing on the Pere Marquette River -- Many boat liveries offer canoe rentals.
Also, check out West Michigan Guides and our locally produced directory for our largest lists of Things to Do in West Michigan.
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Last Updated: 12-26-2019 01:11 PM ID: 586