Hesperia Area Chamber of Commerce

Welcome to the picturesque community of Hesperia, Michigan. Our town is situated on the border of Oceana and Newaygo Counties, along the beautiful White River, where you will find some of the best salmon and rainbow trout fishing in Michigan. Enjoy a stroll down our main street, stop in and visit the local shops, walk along the riverside boardwalk and watch the fish jump next to the dam, take a swim in the Millpond, or enjoy a quiet walk out on the islands. The more adventurous can take a canoe or kayak trip down the river, camp and fish along the river's edge, put in your own boat or hire a river guide. Hunting can be found almost year round and winter sports abound as well, with snowmobiling and ice fishing on one of the many lakes in the area.

There are two local stories of how Hesperia received its name. The first was that it was an Indian name for "beautiful gardens", since the area was once home Indian tribes in the area. The second was that it was named from Hesperides in Greek Mythology, meaning "blissful garden", located in the western part of Greece. Either way, We are definitely in West Michigan and it may be more beautiful here. In 1856 Booth Perry settled in the area, followed shortly thereafter by Pat McFarland and Alex McLaren (McLaren lake is named after him). The village of Hesperia was platted in 1866 by Daniel Weaver and John Cook, who built a sawmill and general store. The town officially became a village in 1883.

The Hesperia Area Chamber of Commerce sponsors the 4th of July Hesperia Family FunFest on Independence Day, with live bands & street dancing, parade, tractor & horse pulls, canoe race, beer tent, fireworks, and more.

Come and visit us soon! Camp, swim, kayak, hunt, fish, shop, play, and relax!

Government Links

Village of Hesperia
Hesperia Public Schools
Hesperia Community Library
Hesperia Utilities & Services Reference sheet (pdf format)

Community & Non-Profit Organizations

Hesperia, Michigan History Facebook Group
Newaygo County Museum and Heritage Center
Oceana County Historical Society
Hesperia Beautification Committee
Veteran's Memorial Buy-A-Brick program in Webster Park

Miscellaneous Links

Hesperia Weather
Michigan Weather Radar
Census Data & Statistics
Hesperia Topography Map

Calendar of Events

July 4th - Hesperia Family FunFest - 2018 Schedule of Events (pdf format)


Scott Rumsey - President
Michael Kraus - Vice President
Ryan Good - Secretary/Treasurer
Rick Robertson - Past President
Rhonda Wright - Promotional Director
Mark Kraus - Tourism Director/Membership Director
Jim Johnson - Director
Wilma Seng - Director

Hesperia Area Chamber of Commerce - PO Box 32 - Hesperia, MI 49421

Meetings held on the 4th Thursday of the month at the Lions Den in downtown Hesperia.
Business owners and residents are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Website & Hosting donated by:

Scott Kroepel, Coldwell Banker Schmidt