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Pere Marquette River, Ludington

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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.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.National Wild and Scenic River designationThe 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.Sport fishingThe Pere Marquette River is designated a Blue Ribbon fishery.WildlifeThis 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.
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  • 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 »
  • Great river good for all ages easy float and if you come in late September you will see 100's of salmon swimming upstream to spawn. We used Baldwin canoe rental. Highly recommend them. They put you in...  more »
  • I did a morning kayak trip and it was spectacular. Only fisherman along the stretch going for salmon, steelhead and lake trout. This segment was very easy to navigate. What a perfect way to start a Sa...  more »
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  • Great fishing destination for steelhead a few miles inland. A beautiful float for us in the late spring.
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