Branch Area encompasses both Lake and Mason Counties. It is a paradise for those who love the outdoors. Whether you hunt, fish, hike, snowmobile or just take it all in, there is something for you in Branch.
Branch and the surrounding area is Michigan’s premier ORV recreational area with miles of hiking and motorized trails.
Long, Emerson, Round & Tallman Lakes, to mention just a few area lakes, provide premier boating and fishing. The Pere Marquette River provides the angler with high quality fishing and ranks as one of the great American fly fishing rivers.
This Natural Wild and Scenic River with its vast winding wetlands of divergent river courses, swamps and marshlands is surrounded by more federal land, fewer cottages and private holdings to make fishing & floating in the river a unique experience. Pike, Bass, Brown, Brook & Rainbow Trout, Steelhead & Salmon are found in these waters - TRULY A FISHERMAN’S PARADISE!
Local guide services have an excellent knowledge of the Pere Marquette River. Numerous Federal and State Landings offer great river access. Barothy Lodge is situated within the Manistee National Forest on 320 acres with 15 beautiful rental lodges. The Lodge offers a year-round retreat with swimming, tennis and cross-country ski trails.
The Pere Marquette River is the mid-state boundary separating the northern andsouthern halves of Michigan. It is designated Blue Ribbon Trout Stream & Natural River and a federally designated Wild and Scenic River. The PM is the only major river in the Lake Michigan watershed that flows unimpeded by a dam. The 65-mile long Pere Marquette River runs through the Manistee National Forest. Located in the northwest section of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula,
the river flows from east to west, roughly parallel and south of US 10. It’s headwaters form southeast of Baldwin winding its way westward by the towns of Baldwin, Branch, Walhalla, Custer and Scottville until it empties into Lake Michigan a few feet south of the lighthouse in Ludington.
The Manistee National Forest boasts more than 100,000 acres of land in Lake County alone, ranging from aspen stands to old-growth river bottom to managed openings for turkeys and other wildlife. The North Country Trail passes through it. The varied forest habitat leads to excellent opportunities for ruffed grouse, woodcock, turkey, deer, bear, and small game, rabbit and squirrel hunting.