Lake County – A Little Piece of Paradise

Lake County is truly a county for all season. It offers year-round enjoyment to all its residents and guests. State and Federal lands make up over 48% of our county and provide a variety of outstanding opportunities for outdoor recreation. This recreation paradise of endless nature and boundless adventure is located in the northwestern part of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, 80 miles north of Grand Rapids and is intersected by two major highways, US-10 and M-37.

Beginner to avid fisherman can enjoy 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.

Lake County is 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.

The Pere Marquette and Pine Rivers are two of the 16 National Wild and Scenic Rivers in Michigan. 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.
For our winter-loving friends, Lake County has over 300 miles of groomed snowmobile trails thanks to the Trail Riders Snowmobile Association and the Iron’s Area Tourist Association.
Lake County's Pere Marquette State Forest and the Manistee National Forest provide a variety of huntable wild life. Lake County boasts lower Michigan's largest bear population. Deer, squirrel, and other smaller animals are available to any hunter with proper permits. Over 50% of Lake County is public forest land available to anyone for hunting.
The Marquette Trails Golf Club is a public course that is challenging enough for both the beginner and seasoned golfer.  With a full service clubhouse they provide equipment repair, pro shop and restaurant.  Marquette Trails is open from April to late October, and is located near Big Star Lake.
The Manistee National Forest and the Pere Marquette State Forest cover NEARLY HALF of Lake County and offer limitless hiking, biking, cross country skiing, and wildlife viewing opportunities.
Lake County has a rich environmental and cultural history.  From the logging days that established the many communities in Lake County to the festivals and events that reflect the diverse aspects of the region.

Idlewild, was entered into the National Historic Registry of the United States in the mid-70's, celebrating the community's African American Heritage and the many 'stars' who performed there.  Della Reese, Sammy Davis Jr., Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington all graced the local stages in a forgotten era of black entertainment history.