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Set in the heart of the Manistee National Forest, Baldwin is a haven for those who enjoy the great outdoors. Surrounded by many lakes and rivers, visitors to Baldwin love the area as a place to fish, camp and hunt. There are also fun festivals and special events to enjoy.
Here we’ve condensed the most popular annual happenings, so you can see at a glance which time of year you may want to visit our wonderful area. Welcome to Baldwin!
Motorcycles of all varieties and sizes make their way to Baldwin every May for the annual Blessing of the Bikes. This ever-popular event began in 1972 with four bikes and eight riders. Today, thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts head to Baldwin to celebrate the joy of two-wheel travel. Between 5,000-10,000 bikes are expected in Baldwin annually for this Blessing of the Bikes celebration.The family-friendly event is held every year on the third Sunday in May. The market in downtown Baldwin features vendors who sell leather and other items, with tattoo artists also on-site.
Since 1957, thousands of people have annually met in Baldwin every July to enjoy themselves at the Troutarama Festival. One of the highlights of the Troutarama Festival is the Grand Parade with a performance by the “world famous” Scottville Clown Band.
troutaramaThe Troutarama is packed with even more fun including the Schmidt Amusements Carnival, Youth Fishing Derby, and an entertainment tent with live music.
Baldwin and the surrounding areas offer many opportunities to enjoy live music throughout the summer. Events in Baldwin include the Echo Through the Timber Concert Series and Sounds From teh Forest. There are also live music events scheduled nearby in Ludington, Manistee, etc.
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The West Michigan area, with many small lakes and rivers to explore, is a popular location for paddle sports.
The Silver Lake State Park is 3,000 acres and is situated between Silver Lake and Lake Michigan, offering boating, fishing, swimming, & ORV.
Scottville Riverside Park, along the Pere Marquette River, has over 50 modern sites and is popular for camping and fishing.
Take one of the most scenic drives in the nation as you travel across M-22 in Manistee County. A long winding road of adventure awaits!
Much of West Michigan is bicycle-friendly, and you’ll find many nice paths on which to ride. It’s great exercise with great scenery to enjoy.
Take a tour on the Historic S.S. City of Milwaukee car ferry and the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Acacia docked in Manistee, Michigan.
West Michigan boasts numerous museums to learn about the area’s rich history and to expand knowledge through activities and exhibits.
Michigan has a public ORV trail system for four different riding opportunities–motorcycles, ATVs, ORVs, and scramble areas.
Hop aboard the Lake Michigan S.S. Badger Carferry! Take the famous cruise across Lake Michigan and experience the Badger and all it has to do!
Created in 1980, this trail has 1,000 miles running through Michigan, which also runs through the Huron-Manistee National Forest.