Pere Marquette River Area
Things To Do

Let's see--we have boating, fishing, swimming, golfing--and what else? There's such a variety of things to keep you entertained while you're exploring the Pere Marquette River near Ludington in West Michigan! Tour a historic village or enjoy a thrilling dune ride at the Silver Lake Sand Dunes, or visit the popular Ludington State Park. Take the family out for a game of mini-golf, bowling, or catch a concert. You can't leave the area without visiting one of the spectacular lighthouses of the region, and just catching the sunset over Lake Michigan is worth the trip. View the S.S. Badger carferry as it sails into or out of Ludington, or hop on board yourself for the four-hour trip across the big lake. Boredom is never a problem along the Pere Marquette River in West Michigan!

Check out the Festivals & Events page for a perpetual calendar of monthly events, the Calendar of Events page for dates and times, and the Family Friendly Events page for fun things to do for families and kids!

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Baldwin Canoe Rental
Only 40 minutes from Ludington, Baldwin, MI 49304, (231) 745-4669
Explore the Pere Marquette River with West Michigan's largest paddlesports provider. This National Scenic River begins in Baldwin where it has a stronger current, is less populated, and meanders through state and national forest land. Canoes, kayaks, tandem kayaks, six person rafts and tubes. Open every day 9am-6pm. Last launch 1:30pm. Since 1968.
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Historic White Pine Village
1687 S. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 843-4808
History comes alive! A step back in time for the entire family. Experience life from our past in a picturesque setting. Visit the county's first courthouse, Hamlin Lake cabin, sawmill, and old-fashioned ice cream parlor. Tour the chapel, lumbering museum, 19th century barn & farmhouse. Special events throughout summer and fall.
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Ivan's Campground, Canoe Rental & Cabins
7332 S. M 37, Baldwin, MI 49304, (231) 745-9345
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Historic White Pine Village
Lake Michigan Carferry
P.O. Box 708, Ludington, MI 49431, (800) 841-4243
Experience Amazing! The SS Badger is the largest operating passenger steamship in the United States. At 410' she provides a fun, reliable cruise experience across Lake Michigan. Enjoy free entertainment, movies, food, shopping, and more. Cars, RVs, and motorcycles travel with you. Groups, car and motorcycle club discounts available.
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Lake Michigan Sand Dunes
If you love the thrill of climbing a sand dune and enjoying a beautiful panoramic vista, then visit this website about Lake Michigan's most popular sand dunes including Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness, Silver Lake Sand Dunes, and more. Pure Michigan sugar beach sand, clear waters, magnificent sunsets...discover Lake Michigan Sand Dunes.
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Lake Michigan Carferry Mini Cruises
Lakeshore Family Guide
What's a family to do in West Michigan? We've got the answer at Lakeshore Family Guide, a local website which highlights fun, wholesome, and inexpensive activities for children and families. Includes details about kids programs at the library, mini golf courses, petting zoos, the best beaches, and so much more!
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Ludington Area Jaycees Mini Golf
900 W. Ludington Ave., Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 843-4663
Miniature golf, an all-time family favorite, overlooking beautiful Lake Michigan. What could be better? The Ludington Area Jaycees have operated the mini golf for years, using the proceeds for community development projects. Good fun for a good cause. Open noon-9pm every day. Discounts for groups and children's parties.
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Ludington Nights
Ludington is well known for stellar sunsets and pristine Lake Michigan beaches. But the fun doesn't end when the sun goes down! This new website will remind you of just how much there is to do in the evening. From summertime events like Friday Night Live and Movies in the Park, to concerts, sunset boat cruises, live entertainment, and more!
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Waterside Resort Boat Rentals Hamlin Lake
Pere Marquette Expeditions, LLC
1649 S. PM Highway, Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 845-7285
Featuring over 400 craft beers...the greatest selection in West Michigan. Whatever your taste, you'll find your perfect beverage here. We offer free seasonal samplings of beer and wine. We also carry a huge selection of beer and wine making supplies. Pick up your discs for disc golf. Get looped! Open 6am-11pm.
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Performing Arts
Come experience the magic and pleasure of performing arts. Our current series of music, theater and specialty acts offer a delightful diversion from the everyday. Relax and unwind with quality performances, proudly presented by local and well-known talent.
River Run Canoe Livery
600 S. Main St., Scottville, MI 49454, (231) 757-2266
Come paddle the scenic Pere Marquette, an easy flowing river for the whole family. Featuring Old Town kayaks, double kayaks, 3 seat canoes with cup holders and a cooler, tubes, and 4 person rafts. Equipment cleaned daily and we offer a variety of trips. Open Monday-Friday 10am-5pm; Saturday and Sunday 9am-5pm.
Waterside Resort & Boat Rentals
3298 N. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 843-8481
On Lower Hamlin Lake. Everything you need for boating or fishing. Rentals of 14' and 16' fishing boats with 8 hp to 25 hp motors. Pontoon boats for pleasure or fishing and tube rental. Our store has live bait, tackle, outboard gas, fishing licenses, picnic supplies, ice cream cones. Cottages available.
West Michigan Golf Courses
The beauty of our blue lakes can only be matched by the rolling green landscape of our numerous golf courses. All along the Lake Michigan shoreline you'll find golf courses that challenge you, relax you, and offer wonderful scenic views. This website features details about golf courses from Manistee, Mason and Oceana counties. Fore!



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Activities and things to do in Ludington, Michigan -- A favorite vacation spot, Ludington on Lake Michigan has a children's museum, the Lake Michigan Carferry, sand dunes and hiking trails at the Ludington State Park and more!
Hamlin Lake Things to Do -- Just 4 miles north of Ludington, Hamlin Lake is a great destination for boating and fishing. The Hamlin Lake shoreline is also part of the Ludington State Park.
Silver Lake Sand Dunes Fun Things to Do -- The Silver Lake Sand Dunes makes for a terrific vacation because you can take your off-road vehicle for a spin on the scenic sand dunes overlooking Lake Michigan and Silver Lake.
Pentwater, Michigan Activities -- Nothing is quite like the quaint, artsy, harbor town village of Pentwater. Don't miss the popular Charles Mears State Park on the Lake Michigan shoreline.
Fun in Scottville, Michigan -- Home of the zany Scottville Clown Band. Discover the Riverside Park along the National Scenic Pere Marquette River, great for canoeing and fishing.
Things to Do in Manistee, Michigan -- Enjoy exploring the Manistee River in the heart of the Manistee National Forest, and discover Manistee's historic downtown district and riverwalk.
West Michigan Things to Do -- Check this site out for our largest list of West Michigan Activities.
Northwest Michigan Activities & Things to Do> -- While in Northwest Michigan, visit beaches and lighthouses, antiques, art galleries, casinos and wineries and breweries, and more.
Northern Michigan Activities & Things to Do -- Northern Michigan offers many fun things to do for the entire family whatever the season, whatever the reason!

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Eastern Wisconsin Things to Do -- There are a variety of activities in Eastern Wisconsin. Visit an amusement park, take a train or trolley tour, go kayaking, go for a cruise, visit a lighthouse, check out a garden, visit Lambeau Field, home to the Green Bay Packers, and much more.