This is a trout property you thought no longer existed, with seven miles of a National Wild and Scenic River known to hold some of the finest trout water in the nation. There’s an Adirondack-style lodge built in 1929 of white ash and wormy chestnut, a Tackle House, Barn, Caretaker’s House and four cabins sited along the river. A trout pond shaded by hardwoods is fed by the river. Mineral rights are included.
It’s six miles east of Baldwin, MI, with easy access from US-31 or M-37, and it’s surrounded and protected by vast Federal forests. Just one family has owned this incredible property for nearly 70 years.
The Pere Marquette is a “National Wild and Scenic River” by act of Congress, a “Natural River” and “Blue Ribbon Trout Stream” in the State of Michigan. The river includes some of the finest trout water in the nation. This is the largest private holding with seven miles of frontage on the Pere Marquette mainstream, counting both sides, and more than a square mile of land.
Quality hatches of mayflies, especially the gray drake and hex hatches, plus caddis and stoneflies provide tremendous dry fly angling for resident rainbow and brown trout. Spring and fall, tens of thousands of steelhead and king salmon run the river from Lake Michigan. The Pere Marquette is extremely popular with fly fishermen and has been recognized as a world-class trout stream.
The Pere Marquette was the location of the first brown trout introduction in the United States in 1884. Rainbow trout were planted a year later. These early introductions developed into a self-sustaining migratory steelhead population.
One of the first “flies only” stretches of waters in Michigan was established on the Pere Marquette in 1970, adjacent to the property. It was recognized back then as one of the few high-quality fishing rivers remaining in the nation. Today, the river nurtures large populations of resident brown trout and provides world- class fishing opportunities for steelhead and salmon.