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The Pere Marquette River Watershed

The Pere Marquette River is a state designated Natural River and Blue Ribbon Trout Stream, and federally recognized Wild and Scenic River.  The Pere Marquette flows through the Huron-Manistee National Forest, and has no dams on its mainstem.  The watershed encompasses an area of 755 square miles and contains 380 miles of stream including 69.4 miles of mainstem. The watershed is comprised of five major streams including the mainstem, Baldwin River, Middle Branch, Little South Branch, and Big South Branch, and over 75 small feeder creeks. 

The Pere Marquette River Watershed Management Plan was completed in 2011 and approved by MDEQ to meet EPA standards. The Pere Marquette River Restoration Committee is an informal partnership of over a dozen state, federal, tribal and private entities that meet regularly and work together on conservation-based projects throughout the watershed.  The Pere Marquette River Watershed Council is an active volunteer group that meets regularly as well.

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This page last updated on 11/4/2019.