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Baldwin Michigan is neatly tucked away in wooded Lake County at the crossroads of US10 and M37, 72 miles North of Grand Rapids, 61 Miles South of Traverse City and14 Miles East of US 131.
Baldwin founded in the late 1870s during Michigan’s bustling lumber era, was named after Henry Baldwin, a Michigan governor at the time. As important at that time to many of Northern Michigan’s newly born villages and towns, the woods are still an attraction as Lake County is home to part of the Manistee National Forest, as well as the Pere Marquette State Forest.
Baldwin is home to some very popular events including the Blessing of the Bikes every spring as well as several favorite destinations including Troutama and the Shrine of the Pines, Today, Baldwin is considered to be a year around premier destination for sportsman. Fishing and hunting- the reminders everywhere. The Baldwin River flows into the Pere Marquette River just south of town. The PM, as some call the Pere Marquette River, is considered the best for trout, salmon and steelhead.
Canoeing is a popular activity on the Pere Marquette, as it is designated as a national scenic waterway. There are several liverys in the area to rent a canoe or kayak .
If you are looking for a big box store or a chain restaurant, you will not find any in the area. But you will not be disappointed because Main Street hosts a number of specialty fishing lure and equipment shops as well as many interesting restaurants featuring home cooking with outdoor sidewalk seating. Every one knows food always tastes better when it eaten in the great outdoors.
Baldwin serves as the county Seat for Lake County. The court administrative offices, county courthouse and county road commission are found in the area.As you will see on the signs welcoming you to Baldwin/Lake county, it is Land of 156 Lakes and 46 trout streams. Lakes range from large to small. Big Bass Lake, Big Star Lake, Bush Lake, Government Lake, Harper Lake, Idlewild Lake, Loon Lake, Nugent Lake, Orchard Lake, Putnam Lake, Rainbow Lake, Reed Lake, Sauble Lakes, Whalen Lake and Wolf Lake are just a few of the many popular lakes.