The Pere Marquette River is a river in Michigan in the United States. The main stream of this river is long, running from Lake County south of Baldwin into the Pere Marquette Lake, and from there into Lake Michigan.To visit Pere Marquette River on your trip to Ludington, use our Ludington driving holiday planner .
This river is named after the French Roman Catholic missionary Jacques Marquette, who explored the Great Lakes and Mississippi River areas during the mid-17th century.
The upper portion of the Pere Marquette runs approximately from the forks of the Little South and Middle Branches downstream to highway M-37. In 1978, of the river was designated a National Scenic River. This section begins near Baldwin at the junction of the Little South and Middle Branches and continues until the river meets U.S. Highway 31 in Scottville.
The Pere Marquette River is designated a Blue Ribbon fishery.
This river's original native fish was the Grayling, but due to deforestation after the great Chicago Fire, they disappeared from the river. It was then stocked with rainbow trout in 1876. In 1884, the Baldwin River, a major tributary, became the first American river to ever be stocked with European brown trout fish, which were imported from Germany, and is why they are referred to by some as German Brown Trout.
Pere Marquette River Reviews
This is the first National Wild & Scenic River in Michigan. There's no dams, so the fishing & boating is great. My husband wanted to check it out for future fishing, so we spent a day wandering around... more »
We’ve kayaked the PM several times. We prefer the upper section. It’s a beautiful, calm river, mostly through the woods. We have River Run Canoe in Scottsville spot us up river as we have our own equi... more »
Kayak and canoe rest area.......go to the right not the left
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