Pere Marquette River

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Pere Marquette River
Pere Marquette River in Autumn Manistee National Forest.JPG
Tourists canoeing on the Pere Marquette River in the Manistee National Forest.
Pere Marquette River Map US MI.svg
CountryUnited States
CountiesLake, Mason, Newaygo, Oceana
CitiesLudington, Scottville
Physical characteristics
 • locationLake County, Michigan, United States
 • coordinates43°51′22″N 85°50′30″W / 43.85611°N 85.84167°W / 43.85611; -85.84167
MouthLake Michigan
 • location
Ludington, Michigan, United States
 • coordinates
43°57′06″N 86°27′37″W / 43.95167°N 86.46028°W / 43.95167; -86.46028Coordinates: 43°57′06″N 86°27′37″W / 43.95167°N 86.46028°W / 43.95167; -86.46028
Length64 mi (103 km)
Basin size740 sq mi (1,900 km2)
Basin features
 • leftLittle South Branch, Big South Branch
 • rightMiddle Branch, Baldwin River
DesignatedNovember 10, 1978

The Pere Marquette River is a river in Michigan in the United States. The main stream of this river is 63.9 miles (102.8 km) long,[1] running from Lake County south of Baldwin into the Pere Marquette Lake, and from there into Lake Michigan.[2]

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. He died in the vicinity of the river in spring 1675 on his way from Chicago to the French fort at Mackinaw.

National Wild and Scenic River designation[edit]

The upper portion of the Pere Marquette runs approximately 44 miles (71 km) from the forks of the Little South and Middle Branches downstream to highway M-37. In 1978, 66 miles (106 km) 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.[3]

Sport fishing[edit]

The Pere Marquette River is designated a Blue Ribbon fishery.[4]


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.[5]

Other animal species living along this river[edit]


List of Bridge Crossings
Route Type City County Location
US 31 US Route Ludington Mason
US 31 US Route
South Main Street City Street Scottville
South Custer Road City Street
South Reek Road County Road
South Walhalla Road County Road
South Landon Road County Road
South Branch Road County Road Lake
W 56th Street County Road
M-37 Michigan Highway


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed November 21, 2011
  2. ^ "Pere Marquette River". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior.
  3. ^ Pere Marquette River, National Wild & Scenic Rivers
  4. ^ Michigan's Blue Ribbon Trout Streams
  5. ^ Brown Trout Archived 2010-06-07 at the Wayback Machine, Michigan Sea Grant program
  6. ^ Matheny, Keith (25 November 2015). "New Zealand mudsnail Michigan's latest invasive species". Detroit Free Press. Gannett. Retrieved 27 November 2015. Sarah LeSage was on a floating trip with some girlfriends down the Pere Marquette River near Baldwin in Lake County last August, when the group stopped on the banks near Gleason's Landing to relax.... She took some samples, and the snails were later confirmed as the New Zealand mudsnail, the first time the invasive species had been found thriving in Michigan.

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