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Pere Marquette River

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Basin area  1,917 kmĀ²
Source  Lake County, Michigan
Country  United States of America
Length  103 km
Mouth  Lake Michigan
Cities  Ludington, Scottville
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- left  Little South Branch, Big South Branch
- right  Middle Branch, Baldwin River
- location  Lake County, Michigan, United States
- location  Ludington, Michigan, United States
Similar  Lake Michigan, White Pine Village, SS Badger, Mears State Park, Big Sable Point Light

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The Pere Marquette River is a river in Michigan in the United States. The main stream of this river is 63.9 miles (102.8 km) long, running from Lake County south of Baldwin into the Pere Marquette Lake, and from there into Lake Michigan.


Map of Pere Marquette River, Michigan, USA

This river is named after the French Roman Catholic missionary Jacques Marquette, who explored the Great Lakes and Mississippi River areas during the mid-17th century.

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National Wild and Scenic River designationEdit

The upper portion of the Pere Marquette runs approximately 44 miles (71 km) from the forks of the Little South and Middle Branches downstream to highway M-37. In 1978, 66 miles (106 km) of the river was designated a National Scenic River. This section begins near Baldwin at the junction of the Little South and Middle Branches and continues until the river meets U.S. Highway 31 in Scottville.

Sport fishingEdit

The Pere Marquette River is designated a Blue Ribbon fishery.


This rivers original native fish was the Grayling. But due to deforestation after the great Chicago Fire, they disappeared from the river. It was then stocked with rainbow trout in 1876. In 1884, the Baldwin River, a major tributary, became the first American river to ever be stocked with European brown trout fish, which were imported from Germany, and is why they are referred to by some as German Brown Trout.

Other animal species living along this riverEdit

  • King (Chinook) Salmon, successfully introduced in the 1960s
  • Steelhead (Rainbow) Trout
  • Brook trout
  • Western chorus frog
  • Bullfrog
  • Crayfish
  • Northern leopard frog
  • Mudpuppy
  • Eastern tiger salamander and several other species of salamander
  • Northern water snake
  • Red-bellied snake
  • Copper-bellied water snake
  • Common snapping turtle
  • Red-eared slider
  • Five-lined skink
  • Muskrat
  • New Zealand mud snail, an invasive species
  • North American River Otter
  • References

    Pere Marquette River Wikipedia