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Mason County, Michigan




 

Mason County, Michigan

Mason County, Michigan

Mason County, Michigan

Mason County is a combination of pristine Lake Michigan coastline on its western end and prosperous farming communities inland.

The Pere Marquette River, a major attraction here, traverses the county east to west through some of the most scenic state forest area in Michigan, enjoyed by canoers year around. It can be easily accessed from Custer or Scottville. The river empties into Lake Michigan at Ludington, where the car ferry dock can be seen from the channel which flows past City Park Beach, a great place for a summer picnic and swim.

Mason County’s recorded history goes back to the mid 1600’s when French missionaries, including Father Pere Marquette, visited the Ottawa Indians there. (Marquette’s Memorial stands on the south side of the channel, marking his death there in 1675.) In 1847, Burr Caswell settled at the mouth of the Pere Marquette beginning a small community. Lumbermen such as James Ludington followed. Sawmills caused the area’s boom in the late 1800’s, as did the discovery of salt there. In 1897, the Pere Marquette Railroad built a fleet of ferries to transport lumber. (The ferry service is still operating today with year round runs between Ludington and Manitawoc, Wisconsin; a crossing that takes approximately 4 hours).

Mason County must be experienced to be appreciated. Be prepared to spend awhile there.



 

Mason County, Michigan     Mason County, Michigan

Mason County, Michigan     Mason County, Michigan

Mason County, Michigan     Mason County, Michigan

Mason County, Michigan     Mason County, Michigan

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