St. Louis (Michigan)
St. Louis is a city in Central Michigan, and is the second largest population center of Gratiot County, with 4,494 residents. St. Louis is famous for being the "Geographic Center of Michigan's Lower Peninsula." Its small-town atmosphere is ideal for people who are looking for safe neighborhoods and easy driving, yet its active community organizations still provide a vibrant calendar of events for people who enjoy live music and other forms of entertainment. St. Louis' historic downtown district is located on Business US-127, along the "Old 27 Route."
Centrally located at the crossroads of US-127 and M-46, St. Louis is easily accessible from all parts of the state of Michigan by car.
St. Louis is served by a local bus service known as Dial-A-Ride Transit (DART) that provides service throughout St. Louis and neighboring Alma.
Residents and visitors can easily get around St. Louis on a bicycle, with its well-maintained sidewalk infrastructure. More ambitious riders can bike into Alma via Michigan Avenue, and connect to the Alma Riverwalk and 8+ mile Fred Meijer Heartland Trail.
The Pine River winds through St. Louis, connecting many hamlets and cities throughout the region that once depended on the river for industry. The occasionally narrow river is conducive to paddle sports and no-wake motor boating. The Bushwhacker Challenge is a major canoe challenge that takes paddlers up to 150 miles from Alma to Midland and back, connecting with the Chippewa River. A local livery, Pine River Outfitters, offers canoe, kayak, and pontoon rentals for tourists and area residents.
Dial-A-Ride Transit (DART) provides transportation service throughout St. Louis and neighboring Alma. Extensive sidewalks make St. Louis a very walkable community.
St. Louis is "on the way" to many larger metropolitan destinations throughout the state. Following US-127 north will lead to Mt. Pleasant, and many northern Michigan communities before US-127 becomes I-75 near Grayling. I-75 continues north across the Mackinac Bridge to Michigan's Upper Peninsula, before ending in Sault Ste. Marie, Canada. US-127 will take travelers south to Lansing, Jackson, and all the way to Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Several other larger metropolitan areas can easily be reached from the highways that intersect St. Louis.