The Lake County Chamber of Commerce Welcomes You to
Michigan’s Outdoor Recreation Paradise
Lake County, Michigan is an outdoor recreation paradise of endless nature and boundless adventure located in the northwestern part of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, 80 miles north of Grand Rapids. Home to 200,000 acres of public-owned land, Lake County is intersected by two major highways, US-10 and M-37.
Are you an avid fisherman? Then you need to discover Lake County. We have several blue ribbon class trout rivers known for their trout and salmon fishing including quality “flies only” sections with special regulations. The Pere Marquette, the Pine, and the Little Manistee are the most popular, but there are many great brookie feeder streams as well. The Pere Marquette and the Pine are two of the 16 National Wild and Scenic Rivers in Michigan, and the Pere Marquette draws fishermen from all over the world because of it’s reputation as one of the finest trout rivers in the Midwest. The first planting of the German brown trout in the U.S. occurred here in 1884 in the Baldwin River, a tributary of the Pere Marquette. These rivers and their many tributaries also provide wonderful scenic canoeing and even some whitewater kayaking.
Lakes? That’s why it’s called Lake County. We are blessed with over 100 lakes of all shapes and sizes. Big Star Lake and Wolf Lake are the largest, and they both offer fishing for pike, bass, and panfish. Stop by our Chamber office on the main street in Baldwin for public access information.
How about motorsports? Lake County has over 300 miles of ATV/ORV trails with easy on/off access. There are the four trail systems within Lake County, complete with trailhead parking and staging areas. A quick link to comprehensive ORV trails information is here: www.lakecountyorv.com
Snowmobile trails? Lake County has over 300 miles of groomed snowmobile trails thanks to the Trail Riders Snowmobile Association and the Iron’s Area Tourist Association. A quick link to maps and info is www.baldwinsnowmobiling.com. See our winter sports page for more information.
Other outdoor pursuits? The Manistee National Forest and the Pere Marquette State Forest cover over 48% of Lake County and offer limitless hiking, hunting, birding, cross country skiing, and wildlife viewing opportunities.
Lake County also has a wide variety of lodging, shops, galleries, and restaurants to offer in the towns of Baldwin, Branch, Chase, Idlewild, Irons, and Luther, as well as many lodges with dining located around the lakes.
In addition, Lake County is well known for its many annual events including Baldwin’s “Original” Blessing of the Bikes in May, the Irons Flea Roast and Ox Market in June, West Michigan’s Longest Yard Sale also in June, Troutarama and Luther Days in July, and the Salmon Run (5K & 10K) in October.
Feb 16 & 17 Free Fishing Weekend
32nd Wild Turkey Rendezvous
APRIL 1 APPROVED COUNTY ROADS OPEN TO ORV TRAVEL
APRIL 22 – MAY 31 TURKEY SEASONS OPEN
APRIL27 TROUT SEASON OPENS
MAY 17, 18, 19 41th ANNUAL BLESSING OF THE BIKES
MAY 15 SHRINE OF THE PINES
MAY 24, 25, 26, 27 MEMORIAL WEEKEND
JUNE 27, 28, 29, 30 39th IRON’S FLEA ROAST/
JUNE TBA 6th WEST MICHIGAN’S LONGEST YARD SALE
JULY 5, 6, 7 LUTHER LOGGING DAYS
TBA IDLEWILD PARADE AND 100th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
TBA IDLEWILD CENTENIAL MUSIC FEST
July 12, 13, 14 Radio Control Club Expo
JULY 17, 18, 19, 20 TROUT-A-RAMA
JULY 21 D.A.R.E. CAR SHOW
TBA NATIONAL IDLEWILDERS WEEK
AUG. 30, 31 SEPT 1, 2, LABOR DAY WEEKEND
SEPTEMBER 15 SMALL GAME SEASON OPENS
OCTOBER 1 ARCHERY SEASON OPENS
OCTOBER 5 SALMON RUN (5K & 10K Run/Walk)
TBA BALDWIN HIGH SCHOOL HOMECOMING
TBA SHRINE OF THE PINES HAUNTED TRAIL
NOVEMBER 15 FIREARM DEER SEASON OPENS STATEWIDE
TBA CHRISTMAS PARADE
NOVEMBER 30 COUNTY ROADS CLOSED TO ORV TRAVEL