In 1884 J. F. Ellis of the Northville fish hatchery, brought a can with 5000 brown trout fry in it to this area. He dumped them into the Pere Marquette river near Baldwin, Michigan . That is how the first German brown trout were introduced to American waters. Baldwin is a thriving town surrounded by some of the most beautiful wilderness in this part of Michigan. You can really enjoy the trip if you take Route 37.
Here is a Cool Video about Lake County Michigan. Fun of every kind is all around. There is Jones Ice Cream, some of the best in the state, Pandora's Box and Up North Gift Co. for shopping, an art gallery, the Huron-Manistee National Forest and the incomparable Pere' Marquette river. In addition, Baldwin, Michigan , is home to one of the most remarkable museums in all of Michigan, the Shrine of the Pines. The Bowman Lakes Trailhead is west of Baldwin on 56th St. and is part of the North Country Trail. It leads to an overlook of Bowman Lake and passes through ravines and oak forests.
Baldwin is known for its specialty fishing lure and equipment shops, not to mention gift shops and antique stores. The town is the center of activity for the many resorts and cottages in the area. It celebrates its Troutarama Festival each summer and the Blessing of the Bikes each May.