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, watch the fish jump next to the dam, take a swim in the Millpond, or enjoy a quiet walk out to the gazebo on the two islands. The more adventurous can kayak down the river, put in your own boat or hire a river guide, and camp & fish along the river.
Hesperia is surrounded by the Manistee National Forest, as well as several inland lakes and streams, where residents and visitors can enjoy hunting, hiking, and recreational activities almost year round. Winter sports abound as well with snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and ice fishing.
In 1866, the town was founded by settlers John Cook and Daniel Weaver, who built a sawmill and a general store. The village was platted that year by Thaddeus Waters, Weaver's son-in-law. The town was originally to be named "New Ocea", being located on the edge of the two counties. But Cook's daughter Mary suggested the name Hesperia, meaning "beautiful gardens". The town was officially incorporated as a village in 1883.
The Hesperia Area Chamber of Commerce sponsors an annual event, the "Hesperia Family FunFest" on the 4th of July, with live bands & street dancing, a parade, children's activities, tractor & horse pulls, canoe race, beer tent, fireworks, and more.
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