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Pere Marquette Campground

The Pere Marquette Campground is not located next to any highways but still very easy to access with whatever you choose to camp in - tent or RV.  There is an outhouse nearby, and a regular bathroom with coin operated showers a bit further away. There is a water source; there are picnic tables; fire rings; and plenty of room so you will not be camping right on top of the next family. For RVs or campers, they have water and electric sites.  You can visit the Pere Marquette Campground website here


Baldwin Canoe Rental

We rent our watercraft from Baldwin Canoe Rental.  They have a fleet of over 300 canoes, 25 rafts and 90 solo & tandem kayaks, and have been in business since the late 60s.  If you want to know more about them, you can visit their website at www.baldwincanoe.com.  Once at the home page, if you click on

Pere Marquette

(left side navigation) you can see a good map of the river.



shimMemorial Day Weekend Family Camping & River Trip -

  Friday May 26th - Monday May 29th, 2017

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  • Call the campground directly and add your name to the Oak Arbor group reservation: LUDINGTON EAST / PERE MARQUETTE RIVER KOA: 800-562-6350

  • If you are tent camping then you need to be prepared to tell them:
    • Your name

    • Number of Adults (age 19 or older)     

    • Number of Children (ages 6 thru 18)   

    • Number of free children (ages 5 and under)

    • Number of dogs(not to exceed 2)   

    • Credit card (V or MC)

  • If you are bringing an RV or want electrical hookups special pricing applies.

  • They also have some "glamping" options if you want to sleep further from the ground, and some rustic sites have electrical hook-up for an extra fee.

  • After you have made your reservation - please drop an email to our coordinator, Brent, so he knows how many are coming (click here)

  • Questions? Click here to send an email to the coordinator.


  • Email our coordinator (click here) and let him know types and numbers of watercraft you'd like to reserve.
  • Types and prices can be found at this website: www.baldwincanoe.com. We are being given the regular price, not prime time.
  • Bring cash or a check and pay the bus driver directly on the way to the river!


Organized by a few members of the Oak Arbor congregation, this is an annual event enjoyed by many families.  This weekend trip to Baldwin, Michigan features two days of canoeing, kayaking or rafting down the Pere Marquette River, considered to be Michigan's clearest and cleanest free flowing river. The journey offers you new opportunities around each bend to enjoy the wildlife and peaceful beauty of Northern Michigan.  A great canoeing river for the beginner to intermediate paddler, Pere Marquette follows a winding course through a mixture of National, State, and private forests. Before and after canoeing, families enjoy meals, activities and fellowship around a campfire. Many good memories have been made on this trip over the years.

The Memorial Day weekend trip is enjoyed by upwards of 30 families each year - and there are plenty more campsites for anyone who wants to join in on this backwoods adventure. The campground is secluded - yet has full bathroom amenities, an RV area with hookups, and two small cabins that can be rented. It is a great place for families that have never camped before.  Often, first time families will camp near a friend with more experience , and join together to cook meals. This makes the introduction to camping easier.


The Schedule

We arrive mostly Friday afternoon & evening to set up our camp. Saturday we pack lunches & canoe for a couple hours both before & after lunch. (on the river from 10:00 to 2:30). Back at camp there is plenty of time for building fires , cooking fancy meals ; general playing; smores & singing around the campfire.

Sunday includes a church service - & two hours on the river after lunch.

There are families with toddlers that may have 1 parent stay in camp all day – so there are things to do even if you do not canoe, such as an expedition to the beautiful state beach at Ludington. For the "canoers" there are rubber rafts (seats 6) for families with kids between 5 & 10 years old. There are also canoes & kayaks for older folks.

Some people go home Sunday night, but many stay for another low-key night of socializing, & pack up on Monday after breakfast. The weather can play a big role in the stay/go decision.

The Area

Pere Marquette

Click here for printable PDF maps of the area

The Organizers

The Memorial-day camp/canoe weekend is set up as a group of families that happen to be camping together in the same place/time - - nothing more formal than that.  We like to have new folks, & we like to have people bring friends.  We hope that you can come along.

What to Pack

Don't know what to pack?  The internet is full of good checklists you can use.  You can start by clicking here for a camping checklist that we found helpful.  Be prepared for a variety of weather by having wet weather gear available, and clothing that can be layered.

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