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Building a Better Future

To preserve, protect and enhance the inherent natural values
of the Pere Marquette River Watershed
through the gathering and dissemination of information
and by working with any organization or agency
for the accomplishment of mutual objectives.


This is us

The Pere Marquette Watershed Council (PMWC) is a grassroots
conservation organization founded in 1970 dedicated to
preserving one of Michigan’s priceless natural resources:

The Pere Marquette River.

This nationally designated Wild & Scenic River and Michigan Named Natural River offers world-class angling for resident brown trout, migratory steelhead and salmon. 

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Creating a Buzz

The Pere Marquette Watershed Council holds an Annual Fundraising Banquet each summer to provide for a great evening of catching up with old friends and meeting new ones while raising money for the Council. We're celebrating our 50th year anniversary at year 53! (COVID got in our way). Come join us for drinks, food and a memorable evening at Legends Ranch.  60 plus items are donated each year for the auction.  They are divided into two categories – silent auction and live auction items and displayed throughout the banquet room.  Diners have the opportunity to bid on their favorites.  Many items are one-of-kind custom items – many perfect for your north-woods cabin or cottage home as well as fishing gear for immediate use on the river. 


The Banquet will be July 13th, 2024 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at:

Wildlife Center at Legends Ranch 

2022 West 14 Mile Rd

Bitely, MI 49309


Tickets will be on a first come, first served basis. Each ticket is $60. Seating is limited. Tickets MAY be available at the door, but no guarantees.  To purchase advanced tickets, please send a check and RSVP Form (download below) to the Pere Marquette Watershed Council,  P.O. Box 212 Baldwin, MI 49304-0212.

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Watershed Assessment Plan

The Watershed Assessment Plan was completed in 1999 and marked a momentous time for PMWC.  It was the first collection of all information known about the Pere Marquette River basin and assembled in one location.  Furthermore, it was the first time such an undertaking was completed through a private endeavor, as past assessments were the responsibility of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR).  The Plan was accomplished within one year’s time.  Funding for the  project was provided by the Frey Foundation, the Steelcase Foundation, PMWC and Northern Ecological Services of Reed City, who compiled the data and agreed to fund the cost overage at the completion of the project. 

The purpose of the assessment was to identify what was known about the region and conversely, what was not known.  Issues were identified that required attention which led PMWC to adopt a long-range plan.  A brief recap by Dick Schwikert lists the issues below – problems and opportunites . 

CO-OP Student Projects

The Pere Marquette Watershed Council partners with local colleges and universities to complete smaller bank stabilization and river clean-up projects. The Council obtains grant monies to fund the material cost of the projects, while the manpower is completed with volunteer student labor.

PMWC has been joined by eager adventuresome college students from the Ferris State University Honors Program (FSU) on several projects.  The students have provided enthusiasm and manpower where cost or inaccessibility has limited other approaches. In the case of the Custer Township Park completed in 2006, nearly 100 cubic yards of stone needed to be placed and arranged along a degraded public access site.  PMWC member Dave Gibbs provided the heavy equipment necessary to move the stone to the river’s edge, while students rolled the rocks in place.  The project received a $2,500 grant from Dow Chemical, $1,000 donation from PMWC with the remaining funds being covered by Custer Township.

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The Council publishes a quarterly newsletter, the MAINSTREAM.  The publication covers news of restoration projects, legislative issues and special events regarding the Pere Marquette Watershed.


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