The West Michigan area is a paradise for those who love boating and fishing. From Manistee, Ludington and Hamlin Lake to Pentwater and Silver Lake, there are inland lakes, rivers and Lake Michigan--all yours to enjoy. Numerous marinas rent a variety of boats, such as pontoons, fishing boats, canoes, kayaks, and jet skis. For the Lake Michigan boater, West Michigan marinas are some of the most beautiful in the state and offer modern facilities. Book your next fishing excursion with a Lake Michigan charter captain to guide you to the best spots for catching a trout, steelhead or salmon in West Michigan. Guides area also available for fishing area rivers including the Pere Marquette River and Manistee River. Fish on! What a way to vacation!
820 W. 1st St., Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 843-2142
Annie Mac Charters
Docked at Lake Street Marina, 800 S. Washington Ave., Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 845-8659
No experience needed! Come join Captain Chuck for a day of fun and fishing on Lake Michigan in his 35' Rampage. Captain Chuck is a USCG licensed captain and would like to take you, your friends, and family on a charter...filled with sport fishing action. All equipment is provided.
Century Circle Guided Service
Charter Boats of Ludington
Ludington is the number one port in the state of Michigan for charter boat fishing, and the top Salmon and Steelhead port on Lake Michigan for the number of fish caught. You can count on your Ludington charter captain to provide an exciting sport fishing trip. Reserve your spot now!
Dune Grass Concessions and Watercraft Rentals
Located in the Cedar Camp Store at Ludington State Park, Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 843-1888
Offering the largest selection of watercraft rentals to explore beautiful Hamlin Lake, including paddle boats, canoes, kayaks, tandem kayaks, stand up paddle boards and rowboats. Also fishing and camping supplies, grocery and personal items, clothing, beach supplies/toys, and tubes to float the Sable River. Open seven days a week mid-May through October.
Hamlin Lake Boat Rentals
at Sauble Resort, 3451 N. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 843-8497
Cruise the Dunes! Explore Hamlin Lake's beauty from the water by renting a pontoon, jet ski or fishing boat. Pull the kids tubing behind a luxury pontoon for hours of entertainment. Visit sand dunes where the only access is by boat. Available by the hour, day, week.
Insta Launch Campground & Marina
20 Park Ave., Manistee, MI 49660, (231) 723-3901, 866-452-8642
J C Marine
720 S Washington Ave, Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 843-2870
Johnson's Supreme Marine
825 S. Pere Marquette Hwy., Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 843-2044
Lie-A-Lot Charter Boat Fishing
Docked at Ludington Municipal Marina, (800) 850-1978
Come fish with Captain Mike Darke aboard the Lie-A-Lot, a 33-ft. Chris Craft Commander. From the port of Ludington, fish for salmon, steelhead, and trout. When booking your charter, rely on Captain Mike's 20-year experience to make your day on the water relaxing and exciting. Fully insured.
Ludington Area Charter Boat Association
5300 W. US-10, Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 843-3474
Ludington Fishing Reports
The Ludington area offers some of the best fishing in West Michigan. This website includes information you need about Lake Michigan charter boat captains, river charters, boat/motor rentals, launches, marine weather, bait/tackle shops, ice fishing, and more. Current local fishing reports for Ludington, Hamlin Lake, Pere Marquette River, Pentwater, and Manistee.
Ludington Municipal Marina
400 W. Filer St., Mail to: 400 S. Harrison, Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 843-9611
New 900' protected seawall for vessels up to 125 feet. Transient or seasonal. Offering 174 slips, gas, diesel, pump out, cable TV, ice, picnic area, grills, day room w/free phone, bath facilities, fish cleaning station, dog walk, laundry, dish cleaning area, free Wi-Fi, free coffee. Close to beach, downtown. (231) 845-6237 (off season).
The Manistee River is used extensively for recreation, and offers excellent conditions for canoeing, boating, and fishing. Considered one of the finest trout and salmon rivers in the country, the Manistee River presents an angling adventure that you will always remember. Follow the fishing reports link for the latest fishing activity.
Michigan Sport Fishing Company, LLC
Docked at Manistee Inn, Slip # 8, Manistee, MI, (517) 745-0738
Big fish, big fun! Exciting adventures await aboard the "Fishasaurus" with Captain John Milbourne. Experience world class salmon and trout fishing from historic Manistee, Michigan. Lake Michigan charters require no prior experience, all tackle is furnished, and you'll love the family friendly environment of our boat. Come get your fish on!
P.M. Lake Lodge
104 Water St., Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 936-1083
P.M. Lake Lodge... a unique lodge for anglers and adventure seekers. This two bedroom, two bath lodge sleeps six and has a large rec room. It is located on Pere Marquette Lake, with direct access to Lake Michigan. Boaters can stay and dock at the lodge. Charter boats are within walking distance.
560 S. Hancock, Pentwater, MI 49449, (231) 869-5357
22 S. Hancock St., Pentwater, MI 49449, (231) 869-2999
Cruise the village of Pentwater with a bicycle rental, or take out a stand up paddleboard, kayak, or canoe, and explore the waterways surrounding the village of Pentwater. Half, whole day and weekly rentals as well as lessons, livery and delivery services are available. A great paddle experience for all levels of experience!
Pere Marquette River Fishing Reports
The Pere Marquette River is known for world-class trout and steelhead fishing. Check out the fishing reports link for the latest update on Pere Marquette River fishing activity.
River Run Canoe Livery
600 S. Main St., Scottville, MI 49454, (231) 757-2266
Come paddle the scenic Pere Marquette, an easy flowing river for the whole family. Featuring Old Town kayaks, double kayaks, 3 seat canoes with cup holders and a cooler, tubes, and 4 person rafts. Equipment cleaned daily and we offer a variety of trips. Open Monday-Friday 10am-5pm; Saturday and Sunday 9am-5pm.
Sunset Bluff Resort & Boat Rentals
6075 N. Victory Park Rd., Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 845-5002
Rent a 22' pontoon for $45/hour (two hour minimum), $375/day. 14', 8/10 hp motor fishing boats also available. Enjoy a 3-4 hour canoe trip on the Big Sable River and Upper Hamlin Lake. We'll trailer your kayak or canoe...or rent ours for $10/hour. Important--please call for reservations.
The Stout Trout
17356 Caberfae Hwy., Wellston, MI 49689, (231) 848-4555
Waterside Resort & Boat Rentals
3298 N. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 843-2090
Family-friendly fun on Lower Hamlin Lake! Rent a pontoon boat for pleasure or fishing. Also 14' and 16' fishing boats with 8 hp to 25 hp motors, and tube rentals available. Our store has live bait, tackle, outboard gas, fishing licenses, picnic supplies, ice cream. Also cottages for rent on the lake!
-- Take out a pontoon, jet ski, or go fishing for the day on beautiful Hamlin Lake.
-- Not far from Lake Michigan, and right along the Pere Marquette River, spend the day boating or fishing in Scottville.
-- The long, winding PM River is perfect for kayak, canoeing, and fishing.
-- Pentwater offers so many boating & fishing opportunities with its many marinas, the Pentwater River and Pentwater Lake.
-- Play in the waters of Silver Lake while enjoying the beautiful Silver Lake Sand Dunes!
-- Manistee Michigan offers year round boating and fishing options.
-- Check out the endless opportunities of fun you can have boating & fishing in West Michigan.
-- Check out this list of northern Michigan boating & fishing businesses before you travel up north.