Your Adventure Awaits--in Baldwin, Michigan
Two major festivals are the highlight of the summer, making Baldwin come alive with activity. The Blessing of the Bikes is held the third Sunday of May, bringing thousands of motorcyclists into town for the annual "blessing" of their bikes at the Baldwin airport. The Troutarama takes place over a long weekend in mid-July, featuring entertainment, fishing tournaments, food booths,, grand parade and midway. The Troutarama celebrates what else, but the brown trout that was first introduced into the Baldwin River in 1884.
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, from Baldwin to 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. This is a popular river for fishing and fly fishing, with anglers hoping to catch a trout or steelhead. Being a relatively calm river, this is the perfect river for taking a canoe or kayak trip. Many canoe liveries are found in the area and over 2,000 private campsites are available along the watershed.
MANISTEE NATIONAL FOREST
The Manistee National Forest spreads out throughout nine counties and 480,000 acres. This wilderness brings hunters to the area, as well as hikers and anglers. People enjoy the forest all four seasons...snowmobiling in the winter and camping in the summer. There are over 300 miles of ATV/ORV trails, and 100 miles of the North Country Trail travels through the Manistee National Forest.
Baldwin is the county seat of Lake County, accessible by highways US-10 and M 37. It is aptly named, as there are over 100 lakes in the county, the largest being Wolf Lake and Big Star Lake. Other communities within Lake county are Branch, Chase, Irons, Luther and Idlewild. There are 200,000 acres of public land available to enjoy, so there's always something to do in the natural wonderland of Lake County.
Whether you come for a festival or a vacation, you'll return time and time again to the endless nature and boundless adventure found only in Baldwin!
COMMUNITIES NEAR BALDWIN & THE PERE MARQUETTE RIVER
It's a very short drive between the many charming communities in our area, including Ludington, Scottville, Hamlin Lake, Manistee, Pentwater, and Silver Lake.
LOCAL BUSINESS DIRECTORIES
Our Baldwin 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 WestMichigan.MichBiz.com.
Any season--any time--the Baldwin area along the Pere Marquette River is where you want to be.