Lodging Information & Other Links of Interest

Lodging in Newaygo, Michigan Area for Muskegon and White Rivers

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River Country Lodge – 616-581-3664 – River Country Lodge is a 3 bedroom home that sleeps up to 7, has 1 1/2 baths, full kitchen, central air, satellite TV, games, movies, books, outdoor fire pit and a grill on a private deck overlooking the Muskegon River.

Cronks Oakridge Motel – Newaygo, MI – 231-652-1288 – Located in Newaygo on M-37, just south of town.  Clean, basic, comfortable rooms, kitchenettes available, free wi fi, cable TV, Cronks restaurant right next door.

Harrington Inn – Freemont, MI – 231-924-3083 – Located a short drive from Newaygo, Harrington Inn offers a variety of options for accommodations, from a simple but well appointed room, to suites with office/technology amenities for those in need to staying “plugged in” so to speak.   Continental breakfast, laundry services, exercise room, heated outdoor pool, etc..

Riverside Resort Motel -Croton, MI – 231-652-1292 – Located on Croton Pond, just up the road from Croton dam.  Rustic “cabin” like décor,  kitchens, cable TV, some adjoining rooms, conveniently located.

Muskegon River Retreat – Croton, MI – 720-270-3100 – Located on the river just down from the Pine St boat launch, this cabin has 2 bedrooms, 1 bath and sleeps up to 4 people.  Each bedroom has 2 twin beds, which can be used separately, or pushed together to make a king.  It has a well equipped kitchen, as well as gas grill outside on the porch overlooking the river.

Lodging in Baldwin, Michigan Area for Pere Marquette River

Red Moose Lodge – 888-939-6667 – Baldwin, MI – Located on the banks of the National Wild & Scenic Pere Marquette river, the lodge has a variety of rooms or cabins to fit everyone’s needs.  Cabins are located off the lodge property, but still very close and a good fit for a small group or family.  Lodge rooms have flat screen TV’s with Blue Ray players and include a continental breakfast in the Lodge Center.

Baldwin Creek Lodge – 231-745-4401 – Baldwin, MI – The lodge sits on the banks of the historic Baldwin river, home of the first German Brown trout introduction in the United States back in 1884.  This 14 unit lodge has motel style rooms with multiple beds, as well as rental cabins for small groups or families.  Amenities include cable, Wi-Fi, A/C and other small luxuries to make your stay enjoyable.

Barothy Lodge – 231-898-2340 – Walhalla, MI – This massive “compound” has 15 lodges/cabins on the property, which sits on 7 miles of the Pere Marquette river and range from 1 bedroom, to 9 bedrooms, for small groups to very large outings of 20 or more people.  Each lodge has its own kitchen, fireplace, deck, and other amenities.  Most lodges have a pool table, hot tub, washer and dryer, but NOT have televisions or telephones.

Outdoor Inn – 231-745-3137 – Baldwin, MI – This 11 unit motel is located on M-37, just south of Baldwin itself and offers clean, comfortable rooms, which include air conditioning, cable TV, coffeemaker, microwave, phone, refrigerator, and Wi-Fi.

Lodging in Ludington, MI area for Pere Marquette River

Trip Advisor link to 10 hotel options in Ludington, MI area – click HERE

Michigan River Fishing Guide Services:





Lodging in Wellston, MI Area for Manistee River


  • High Bridge Cabins – 231-848-4199
  • Northwoods Cabins – 231-848-4573
  • Wellston Inn – 231-848-7400
  • Trails Inn – 231-848-7064
  • Pine Lake Villa – 231-848-4505
  • Black Bear Inn – 231-848-4655

 Local Restaurants for Newaygo area

 Northern Trails – Located on M-82, about 6 miles west of US 131 – Daily specials, a nice place for a sit down dinner or just to grab a cold beverage and some good appetizers.  Rather extensive menu with weekend specials that draw people from a several county region.
Smugglers Cove Restaurant231-652-1196Located on 88th st (M-82), which is off M-37, just south of Newaygo, on Hess Lake.  Appetizers, salads, sandwiches, steaks, chicken, Mexican dinner platters.
Cronk’s Motel & Restaurant – 231-652-2508 – Daily buffet, salad bar, good mix of sandwiches, salads, burgers and more.  Long time favorite, located just south of town, right on M-37.
Red Anchor Inn – 231-652-6675 – Seafood and nightly specials, salad bar, array of adult beverages as well.  Located on Croton Dr, a short drive from Croton dam and within eyesight of the Driftwood.
Driftwood Bar & Grill – 231-652-2686 – Burgers, sandwiches, daily specials, salad bar, extensive bar, pool tables and shuffleboard !! On Croton Dr, just over the bridge on Croton Pond itself.

Other links of interest

Kyndoutdoors – A good site for all who fish….take a look !

Last Flight Taxidermy – For those who want a nice bird mount, waterfowl or upland, check out the work Travis Mcleod does at Last Flight.

Lakeshore Tackle & Firearms – Saugatuck, MI – One of the best stocked, big lake/tackle shops I’ve seen.

BeBusiness.com – A very good fishing information resource site, with fishing tips and information on how to get into the sport on a budget.

Fishing Basics – Good information on equipment/tackle, rigging, fish identification information and fishing tips.  Great for the beginner, but good for experienced anglers as well.


Recommended Gear/Equipment

Orvis – VA based 150+ year old rod, reel & equipment company

Redington – WA based rod, reel and equipment company

Mayfly Products – MI based maker of excellent accessories

Redwing Tackle – Maker of Sabertooth hooks & Phantom floats

Hyde drift boats  – Local retail outlet Tracy’s in Newaygo, MI

Yamaha – Maker of sport, utility and marine products

Smith Optics – Quality optics at fair prices and great service

Quality Fly Fishing Destination Trips/Opportunities

Naknek River Camp – Alaska

Naknek River Camp is owned and operated by Jim & Phyllis Johnson.  Along with Jim’s brother Tom, they founded and operated Johnson’s Pere Marquette Lodge back in the 80’s, on the world famous Pere Marquette river in Baldwin, Michigan.  For a great trip to Alaska, consider Naknek River Camp.

Casters Fly Shop – Hickory, North Carolina

Casters owner Dave Hise was a familiar face to many in W. Michigan before moving NW of Charlotte, NC to buy Casters, an full line Orvis shop, in Hickory, NC.  Certainly look him up or stop by his shop if you’re ever in the Charlotte area.

Here is a great site for the fly fishing enthusiast:
Fly Fishing Community – Your guide to fly fishing in the Untied States

www.backwoodsbound.com – A great link to many things “outdoors”, take look !