The Outdoors


Lake County is a winter sports paradise, with hundreds of miles of groomed snowmobile trails and 4 designated ORV trails.

Learn more about staging areas, trail rules and rentals at


World renowned blue ribbon trout streams boasting all species of trout. In the fall large Steelhead and Coho Salmon come up river from Lake Michigan. Home to the Pere Marquette, Little Manistee and the Pine rivers. The hundreds of inland lakes are teaming with Pike, Bass and other pan fish.


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 pan-fish. Stop by our Chamber office on the main street in Baldwin for public access information.


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.


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 trail-head parking and staging areas. A quick link to comprehensive ORV trails information is here:

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

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.

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