At a time when successful downstate and out-of-state businessmen were purchasing hunting and fishing resort properties on the Pere Marquette River, Clinton Whittemore chose 110 acres on the Baldwin River for his personal retreat. 80 acres was purchased from the state and the remaining acreage from a private owner.
Originally, the larger parcel had most likely been logged, and then ownership reverted back to the State of Michigan as often happened when logging crews moved on. The acreage was located on both sides of the river and is located midway between the Village of Baldwin and the junction of the Baldwin River with the main branch of the Pere Marquette River, and fronts on what has become known as M-37. As the forest regenerated, the property became renowned for fly fishing, wildlife watching and hunting.