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Pere Marquette River

Ludington, MI
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Ranked #8 of 19 attractions in Ludington
Type: Bodies of Water
Activities: Fishing
Description: This National Scenic River is one of Northern Michigan's prime fishing spots.
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Livonia, Michigan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

The Pere Marquette is a great place to fish. My husband and my self have been fishing on the Pere Marquette for years. You want fish this is the place to go..

Grand Rapids
16 reviews 16 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Lots of twists and bends. Very pretty and quiet. Only issue was there were a lot of obstacles, like downed trees, that kept you working 90% of the time.

Lansing, Michigan
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

One of our favorite rivers for canoeing; some current but easy to maneuver. Several available canoe liveries with brand name canoes in good condition. Easy for beginners. Not polluted or murky. Mainly through forests.

Midland, Michigan
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We put in East of Scottville at a township launch site (using our own kayaks) and paddled to the County/DNR launch site across from Henry's Landing. This is a nice portion of the Pere Marquette as it has many bends in the river along with a nice flow so one doesn't have to constantly paddle. We have kayaked this in... More

Madison, Wisconsin
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

Went to Ludington last year, rented kayaks and paddled on the lower Pere Marquette. A nice, low key paddle, good scenery and wildlife, with the twist that the river is slow enough that you can paddle around an island -- different from the usual up and back river paddle.

Lincolnshire, Illinois
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

We are a family of four, with the kids aged 14 and 9. Not hard-core paddlers by any means - our experience is limited to rented canoes and kayaks in local lakes and ponds. While staying in Ludington this weekend we wanted to try paddling down Pere Marquette river. After some research we decided to rent a 3-person canoe canoe... More

Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

I love, love, love the PM River. My husband and I camp at Henry's Landing located right at the river in Scottville. We kayak different sections of the river several times a month. I love the flora and fawna. I have even kayaked at night when the moon was full. The river is peaceful and beautiful.

19 reviews 19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

Had a delightful day kayaking the Pere Marquette River. It is a very slow, gentle river (would have preferred a faster one), beautiful, and peaceful. We rented kayaks from a place in Scottville (don't remember the name, but only one there) and they were very friendly, helpful and well priced (cash or check). Very close to Ludington, which is where... More

Canton Michigan
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111 reviews 111 reviews
38 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Drove around all the sites checking out the camping and canoeing options. The forests are quite dense and makes for a great outdoor experience. Hiked in a bit and saw amazing wildlife and great photo opts. Want to try the camping next!

Farmington Hills, Michigan
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

Was with friends and caught the biggest brown trout that anyone had ever seen. lots of steelhead that day also

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