Baldwin, the county seat of Lake County, is located at the junction of M-37 and US-10. It is situated near the Baldwin River, a tributary of the Pere Marquette River. The Baldwin River is the site of the first planting of German Brown Trout roe in the United States on April 11, 1884. There are also over a dozen lakes within only five miles of the city limits, including Big Star Lake in Lake Township, and Leverentz and Government Lakes in Webber Township.

Baldwin is known for its specialty fishing lure and equipment shops, not to mention gift shops and antique stores. The town is the center of activity for the many resorts and cottages in the area. It celebrates its Troutarama Festival each summer and the Blessing of the Bikes each May.

The Village is home to many of the county’s community offerings and services, including: