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Pere Marquette book: special price offered

"Michigan's Pere Marquette River: Paddling Through Its History"...
This book is now available at $15, including shipping, versus the regular price of $28. 
Send a $15 check (made out to "Jeff Fletcher") to: Doc Fletcher, 43647 Nine Mile Road, Northville MI 48167. All books will be signed. If you'd also like a special inscription, please include with your check a note with the inscription request.
The Pere Marquette River, known to many as the P.M., is the mid-state boundary holding together the northern and southern halves of Michigan. Running for 65 miles through the Manistee National Forest, the P.M. flows from Baldwin in the east, to Ludington in the west. It is the Great Lakes State river highway where north meets south, a state of Michigan designated Blue Ribbon Trout Stream & Natural River, and a federally-designated Wild and Scenic River.


If you love canoeing and kayaking you will love your time on the P.M. A day on the river features a current with above-average speed, steering challenges through and around its fallen trees and hanging branches, gorgeous driftwood, and among its abundant wildlife are majestic blue herons flying just ahead of you. A journey down the Pere Marquette is wonderfully wide-open as the P.M. is the only major river in the Lake Michigan watershed that flows unimpeded by a dam.


The book takes you down an 8-day virtual tour of the 65 mile river, with detailed daily river maps, minutes & miles to key landmarks & each day's end point, plenty of color photos, side bars on the area history, and directions to/info on all 18 public access points AND the 5 campsites that can be paddled up to.

Let the P.M. put an imprint on your soul,



Paddle Michigan

  • Michigan is blessed with an abundance of beautiful rivers. This website serves as a guide to get you into a canoe or a kayak and into the middle of it ALL!
  • Use us to direct you to Michigan's rivers and canoe/kayak liveries. Click on "Michigan Canoe and Kayak Liveries"
  • To help you in planning paddling adventures in the Badger State, click on "Wisconsin Canoe and Kayak Liveries". 
  • "Camping Riverside" provides details and directions for camping trips along the Pere Marquette & Pine Rivers.
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  • Click on "Calendar/Doc's book tour schedule" for the view over the next 12 months of all things paddling-in-Michigan, and to see where Doc will be talkin' 'bout paddling next.
  • "Free canoe 'n kayak trips" are awarded at the end of each stop on Doc's library/nature center tour - thanks to the generosity of Michigan & Wisconsin liveries.
  • Click on "Illustrations" for information on the man behind the illustrations in our books.
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