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|Beautiful Pentwater is located at the mouth of the Pentwater River along the channel at Lake Michigan in northwestern Oceana County. This town is truly one of the gems of the Great Lakes, situated along a clean, white sandy shoreline, with resorts, stores, shops, inns, bed-ní-breakfasts and restaurants which reflect a balance of past and present. Summer in Pentwater comes alive as boats and recreational vessels bring visitors to enjoy the sun, water, food and festivities the town offers.|
First called Middlesex, the town was founded by Charles Mears who built a sawmill here in 1856. The following year it was incorporated as a village and officially named Pent Water, later changed to Pentwater in 1894. It was either named after the narrow opening to the river from Pentwater Lake or possibly misnamed from "paintwater" after the dark color of Pentwater Lake. The State Park beach on the north side of town bears the name of Charles Mears.
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