2023 Pheasant Hunt Schedule

October 20th – 22nd

November 10th – 12th

December 15th – 17th

2024 Pheasant Hunt Schedule

January 5th – 7th

Includes – 10 birds / person, 2 nights in main lodge with continental breakfast Saturday lunch

Arrive Friday evening for cocktails and gossip

Saturday 9am – 4pm Hunt 10 birds / person includes Lunch

Sunday hunt wild birds on your own or book a guide and go fishing

Maximum 10 people on the hunt. first come, first served

$475/person based on double occupancy

$500/person based on single occupancy

North Country Trail

The Lodge is located in the heart of the North Country Trail system, which is a historic hiking trail that dates back to the 1880’s.  It runs through seven northern states from New York to North Dakota. You’ll find trail heads as close as 10 minutes drive from the Lodge.

Some trailheads require a parking permit (Baldwin & Manistee federal forestry office or some parking lot / trailheads have daily permit drop boxes available.) Approximately $3.00.

Estimated Time from Pere Marquette River Lodge:

Segment A: Marilla ~40 Minutes
Dilling ~35 Minutes
Segment A Map
Segment B: Udell ~30 Minutes
Freesoil ~ 20 Minutes
Segment B Map
Segment C Timber Creek ~ 10 Minutes
Bowman ~10 Minutes
Segment C Map
Segment D: Nichols Lake ~ 10 Minutes
M-20 ~ 30 Minutes
Segment D Map

The Big M

(Big M Information, Big M trail map) The Big M offers some of the best mountain biking you’ll find in Michigan. Approximately 30 minutes drive from the Lodge in the heart of the Udell Hills area of the Manistee National Forest. 99% well marked single track loops within the scenic hardwood and pine forest ranging in length from ~6 miles to longest continuous loop being 26 miles. Loops are interconnected so riding loop to loop offers endless miles. Trails typically in excellent condition are maintained by volunteers and the Forest Service. Segment B of the North Country Trail also runs north/south through the Big M with the Udell NCT trailhead being near the north rim of the Big M and NCT Freesoil to the South. In mid June the Big M is also home to the LumberJack 100 National Ultra MTB Race & the Michigan Single Speed Championship which features four 25 miles loops and 8000 total feet of elevation gain. Riders from all around the country attend this race.

– Fees: None. Donation box located near trail head.
– Open for Biking: April 15th-Sept 30th. Winter months offer cross country skiing as well.
– Rider Skill Level: With the trails being well maintained, beginners should have no fear. In particular, some of the shorter loops are friendly to entry level riders. Advanced & Intermediate riders, challenge yourself on the longer loops, you won’t be disappointed. After all, national races are run on this trail system.


The Lodge is located in the heart of some of the best snowmobiling trails in lower Michigan. With the area’s average annual snowfall of 77 inches and miles of groomed trails in the Manistee National Forest there is much to explore and enjoy in the winter months.

Other Activities

Other activities include canoeing, rafting, kayaking, or tubing The Pere Marquette River from various canoe outfitters in the area. If you chose to bring your own there is a boat launch a ¼ mile from the Lodge.