Horse Shows

Ludington’s Mason County Fairgrounds hosts the Western Michigan Fair near the end of July–but it’s a very busy place from May-October with numerous horse shows that take place most summer weekends. The Nova Motel is the obvious lodging choice, as it’s just a minute down the road from the fairgrounds. Plus, the Nova has two driveways and big rig pull through parking, offering plenty of space for your trailer.

A few of the more popular events include the Mason County Saddle Club Open Horse Show, Gold Coast Futurity Horse Show, and the MIHA District IX Meet. Equestrians love the setup at the Mason County Fairgrounds, and the horse shows bring in hundreds of people each weekend. The personal attention that we offer at the Nova Motel make these weekends that much easier and pleasant for their customers.

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Duck Hunting

Considering the Pere Marquette River is a haven for all types of fish and wildlife, duck hunters love the Ludington area. The Nova Motel welcomes all hunters and their pets during duck season October 1-November 27.

The Nova Motel has lots of room for your dog to run within the six wooded acres in back. And if you’re in need of a kennel, just head down 1st Street and turn right on Meyers and you’ll find Anderson Creek Kennels. They’ll be glad to board your pet in a clean, safe environment if you need that service.

The beauty of the Ludington area is that it is surrounded by natural resources, including lakes, rivers, and the Manistee National Forest. Hunters and campers can find numerous places in which to enjoy their activities–in a community that’s quiet and friendly. It makes for a wonderful getaway any time of year. We as owners of the Nova Motel work the front desk and offer personal attention to all our guests. It’s the kind of place you want to keep coming back to time and time again.


Ludington is known for their great fishing, and Nova Motel is one of the most fish-friendly motels around! We love to fish ourselves, and we welcome anglers during the spring, summer and fall.

The Nova Motel offers two driveways (one off Old US-31, the other one off 1st Street) with big rig pull through parking, so there’s always plenty of space to bring your boat and trailer. We also have a fish cleaning station and our own fish freezer to preserve your precious catch. If you have any questions about fishing or where to go, just ask–we have the answers! A great time to make a fishing trip to Ludington is during one of Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekends. They’re held twice a year and no fishing licenses are required.

The Pere Marquette River is a designated National Wild and Scenic River and flows westerly 66 miles through four counties. Anglers come from all over the country to fish this well known river for trout and steelhead. The advantage to staying at The Nova Motel is its location–less than a mile from the Twin Bridges on the Pere Marquette River, a very popular fishing spot. Live bait can be purchased just down from the bridges at Pere Marquette Expeditions, a full service store that also rents kayaks and canoes. During the summer and fall, the fairly calm PM River is busy with paddlers of all ages, with numerous canoe liveries and campsites along the way. Right next door to Pere Marquette Expeditions is Suttons Landing, a nice park with handicap accessibility to the PM River.

Just a few miles from The Nova Motel is Pere Marquette Lake. You can stop at Copeyon Park off south Washington Avenue to access the lake, which opens into Lake Michigan. In close proximity to Copeyon Park you’ll find Ludington’s charter fishing captains, a friendly bunch of guys eager to take you out on the “big lake.” They know the fishing hot spots and have the latest equipment to help make your excursion a fun and successful one.