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Pere Marquette River, Ludington

Categories: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
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4.7/5 based on 30+ reviews on the web
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 rivers 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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  • Kayak rentals are available, but the river is not wooded. It is all in the open wetlands winding through the cattails. Bring hats and suntan lotion if you paddle in the summer. 
  • Was a peaceful fun two hour trip. Lotsa activity. Kinda tough to explain away the "language" to my nine year old. I kinda expected it. So be prepared for adult activity. 
  • My mother and I kayaked six miles down this river in the early morning. Only one other person was fishing on the river. It was calm, gorgeous, and had amazing wildlife and foliage. 
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