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The communities located along the Pere Marquette River offer fun events and festivals that have something for everyone. From festivals to fishing tournaments, there’s fun for all.
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 the PM River!
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.
The Troutarama is packed with even more fun including the Schmidt Amusements Carnival, Youth Fishing Derby, and an entertainment tent with live music.
The annual Monster Pike Tournament is held each February and is hosted by Pere Marquette Expeditions. The Tourney is only for pike and fishermen can fish any Michigan lake. There are awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place with a 100% payout for longest pike.
The Western Michigan Old Engine Club was formed by those interested in restoring and running old gas hit and miss engines, steam engines, or other antique equipment. In 1990, the club moved to it’s permanent home inside Scottville Riverside Park. The group hosts shows throughout the year from May to October, with it’s main event taking place in August.
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The Pentwater River provides opportunities to experience a paddle sport for the first time or take on a challenge for those more experienced.
Visit the new Value of Sports Museum located at Historic White Pine Village just a short drive from Ludington.
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.
The Hart-Montague Bike Trail consists of 22.5 miles of paved paths for biking, snowmobiling, skating and more!
West Michigan boasts numerous museums to learn about the area’s rich history and to expand knowledge through activities and exhibits.
The spring/fall runs of steelhead and salmon, the resident brown trout and “brookies” make the PM River extremely popular for fishing.
Beautiful color emerges come Fall. Take it all in with an afternoon drive, or stroll, through the many forests of West Michigan.
Find artifacts, photographs, and lots of information and stories about the rich history of Pentwater at this historic museum!
Created in 1980, this trail has 1,000 miles running through Michigan, which also runs through the Huron-Manistee National Forest.
Standing tall and proud along the shores of Lake Michigan, Point Betsie marks the southern entrance to the Manitou Passage.