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“Fly Fishing Paradise For entire Family!”

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Pere Marquette River Lodge
Ranked #1 of 3 Baldwin B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Northville, MI
1 review
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“Fly Fishing Paradise For entire Family!”
Reviewed March 12, 2013

Mother and Son spring break field trip. Great experience! Fly fishing was something I always wanted to try, but found it hard to begin learning, in a family of traditional fishermen. The staff at the PM River Lodge is patient, knowledgeable, and kindhearted. Owner Frank borrowing his own coat and gloves. Casey's fly tying instruction and demo was outstanding. I definitely left with a deeper appreciation for correct fly fishing and the Pere Marquette River.

As I write, my husband and son are traveling back! STEELHEAD FEVER. My son is passing on his new found knowledge, thanks to the men at the PM River Lodge. Huge endorsement.

If your feet get cold easily, investigate ahead of time!!!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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PMRL_Orvis, Owner at Pere Marquette River Lodge, responded to this review, March 13, 2013
We are glad you and our son attended our Steelead School and enjoyed yourself so much. It was a joy to meet your family. We look forward to having you back again. Thank you again for taking the time to fill out our review.

Cheers,

Frank
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Wixom, Michigan
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Reviewed March 6, 2013

I recently attended a Steelhead fishing school which incorporated staying at the Lodge for two nights and on-stream learning with guides from the fly shop. I found the accomodations to be appropriate for a fishing lodge;rustic and seviceable. The staff Including Owner Frank and the Guides, were friendly, patient, and very highly skilled. The location of the property allows for very quick access to the river which in turn allows more time spent on the river than getttng to and from it. Overall, my expectations were exceeded.

Room Tip: if booking in hte Lodge, get a room upstirs as it is more private and quiter than on the main floor.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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PMRL_Orvis, Owner at Pere Marquette River Lodge, responded to this review, March 13, 2013
Thank you for attending our recent Steelhead School. We are glad you enjoyed yourself and hope you walked away with new and useful knowledge in your quest for steelhead. Thank you again for taking the time to fill out this review.

Cheers,

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Reviewed March 4, 2013

I was up last year to work on a bit of fishing photography (its what I do) and Frank (owner) was kind enough to guide me around and show me the in's and out's of the PM and we had a great day making images with plenty of fish on the bite as well. Frank is a great guy as my career deals with spending long days in small boats with people, there are plenty of folks out there I would rather not sit in a boat again with. Frank is definitely not one of them. Great stories, great rapport, great drift boatsman. Like I said, I was shooting photos the entire time but there were many a time when I wished I was the one making casts and hauling the fish in.

I would highly recommend Frank and his service to any friend or family member.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
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PMRL_Orvis, Owner at Pere Marquette River Lodge, responded to this review, March 13, 2013
I really enjoyed floating the river with you as well. I learned a lot about photography and how to look at things in a different light. No pun intended. Until the next time my friend an thank you again for filling out a review.

Cheers,

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

There are lots of choices in Baldwin but look at the P.M. Lodge first. You don't have to look further. I have tried others but this one is the classy one, literally right on the river marking the head of the quality water. The staff is great and the accommodations were clean and rustic. I personally like the vintage cabins within steps from the river but have stayed in the lodge which is a great north woods log and stone fireplace experience. Four seasons of trophy quality fishing and wonderful service bring me back year after year. First timers? Get a guide and drift what I think is the finest, prettiest river in Michigan.

Room Tip: Bring a group and stay in one of the river homes.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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PMRL_Orvis, Owner at Pere Marquette River Lodge, responded to this review, March 13, 2013
I have enjoyed our time on the water and appreciate your friendship and patronage. The next scotch is on me. Thank you again for taking the time to fill out a review.
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Mendon, New York
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

I have been coming to the PM Lodge for over fifteen year. It has always been a great place to fish and enjoy the company of good friends. The lodge changed ownership a number of years ago and Frank and his team have made the PM Lodge even more enjoyable. The accommodations are very clean and well maintained and fly shop is always staffed by very knowledgeable, experienced and friendly sales people. The PM Lodge river guides are exceptional! They are extremely knowledgeable and they always go above and beyond to make your day on the review memorable. I would recommend the PM Lodge to everyone who enjoys the outdoors.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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PMRL_Orvis, Owner at Pere Marquette River Lodge, responded to this review, March 13, 2013
Thanks for the review. I look forward to our time on the water this coming September. That was a great retiement party for Pinn Wizard this past Monday. Thanks for helping to set that up.

Cheers,

F
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Grand Haven, Michigan
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Reviewed February 21, 2013

I have been a very big fan of the Pere Marquette River Lodge www.pmlodge.com and have stayed in their large River House which easily accomodates 8 guests as well as in their Pine Hollow house which is equally spacious. Both houses are within steps of some of the best trout, salmon and steelhead fishing in the Midwest. I have also stayed in their smaller cabins which are very comfortable for 2-4 people. As far as steelhead fishing, the runs on the PM often vastly exceed those of rivers out West and the Pere Marquette River may be one of the finest steelhead rivers in the world. The king salmon runs and brown trout fishing are also exceptional. To be able to stay within steps of this terrific, wade in fishery at the very head of the year round, "flies only" waters is about as good as it gets for us fishermen.

This is a great fishing lodge with very clean accomodations and all the necesary storage space for gear and waders. There is no more convenient place to stay when fishing the world famous Pere Marquette. The two large houses and the smaller cabins have the necessary linens, very clean showers as well as cooking utensils. There is a nice grocery store very close by and Baldwin offers several decent restaurants, as well as Jone's Ice Cream which is a highlight for kids on any trip to Baldwin.

Frank Willetts the owner of the PM Lodge works tirelessly to make sure all guests are happy. Frank is known to pay such careful attention to guests' needs that at the very peak of the salmon and steelhead runs, he works almost around the clock. You will not find a harder working proprietor and fly fishing guide.

The fly shop staff and guides are all top notch. My friends and family have had several large outings with three guide boats and everyone greatly enjoyed guides Devon, Josh, Uber and Casey. This is a lodge and guide shop that can accomodate all levels of anglers. The guides are extremely patient with novice anglers and are so skilled at instruction that on his first outing, a ten year old in our group caught a 5 lb steelhead. Few people can boast that they've caught fly angling's Holy Grail, the steelhead, on a fly and yet that routinely happens for new anglers when they fish with the guides from www.pmlodge.com

Whether staying for a buddies weekend, a girls weekend a family outing or to just fish hard, the PM Lodge is top, top notch in their accomodations, in their guide service and in the help they provide in the fly shop. Even before I became an annual guest, when I would stop in for $10 worth of flies, everyone in the shop goes out of their way to be helpful.

There is also a large lodge which can accomdate a large group or individual guests.

If you have ever wanted to fly fish or if you are a fanatic (like myself), you will be very happy to stay at the Pere Marquette River Lodge. Also, their programs in the winter for snowmobilers are terrific and the lodge is within a short snowmobile ride to many miles of groomed trails. The PM Lodge is also a great choice for nature lovers with excellent hiking trails nearby and year round great photography locales within a very short drive.

Lastly, the PM Lodge also hosts annual escorted destination trips to Alaska. I have gone on two of these and PM Lodge owner Frank Willetts did all in his power to help me catch a 14 pound Arctic Char (getting such a fish has been a 20 year dream). Best. Guide. Ever.

Frank and his staff are top, top notch. The PM Lodge and Cabins are excellent and you will be very happy with your stay.

Room Tip: The two houses by the river have wonderful views of the river and are the most comfortable.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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PMRL_Orvis, Owner at Pere Marquette River Lodge, responded to this review, March 13, 2013
Thanks for such a great review. I hope things went well at the MAJ banquet. Look forward to fishing with you in Alaska again this summer.

Cheers,

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Ferndale, Michigan
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Reviewed February 20, 2013

I've stayed numerous times at the PM Lodge and would recommend it in a heart beat. I've used their knowledgable guides a variety of times to float the PM for brown trout and steelhead. The best part of the lodge is their weekend flyfishing schools. I've attended four- 2 steelhead schools, 1 streamer school, and one mousin' school. I am the "competent" angler I am today because of these schools!! The guys that run lodge and guide out of it are great guys and extremely knowledgable about the areas waters. Obviously it's not a "4 star big city hotel" and I would NEVER expect it to be. I go there to learn and fish, and it's great place for both. The property is gorgeous and allows access to some great walk-in fishing spots on the PM. If you're looking for that "up North" fishing experience and lodge, the Pere Marquette Lodge is a place for you! Great prices and great times!

Hully

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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PMRL_Orvis, Owner at Pere Marquette River Lodge, responded to this review, March 13, 2013
Thanks for the review Hully. It won't be long and Mouse season will be back upon us. Look forward to fishing with you again.

Cheers,

F
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Property: Pere Marquette River Lodge
Address: 8841 S.M-37, Rte. 1, Box 1290, Baldwin, MI 49304
Location: United States > Michigan > Lake County > Baldwin
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Baldwin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Pere Marquette River Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A 2015 Orvis Endorsed Outfitter of the Year Finalist, the Pere Marquette River Lodge is nestled on the banks of the world famous Pere Marquette River. We are a Platinum Level Orvis Dealer and Orvis Endorsed Lodging Outfitter Guide Service. We offer clean, comfortable lodging in the main lodge, rustic cabins and two houses on the river. The staff here are both very courteous and knowledgeable of the surrounding waters. Our full service Orvis fly shop is staffed and outfitted to meet your every need while insuring your best destination fishing experience. The guide staff here is unprecedented and well versed on many of the local rivers: Pere Marquette, White, Pine, Ausable, Manistee and the Muskegon. Feel free to check them out on the web page. If you are looking for corporate retreats, family reunions, mountain biking, canoeing, kayaking, or a relaxed round of golf or just good old fashion fun the lodge is the perfect place. ... more   less 
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