Michigan History

Paw Paw Today


(Sunset over Lake Maple, Paw Paw, MI)


Paw Paw today is largely known as a small farming village outside of Kalamazoo, Michigan. During the 2010 Census, the population of Kalamazoo was 3,534 people. Since the end of the Prohibition era, Paw Paw’s main industry has been the agricultural production of grapes for wines and jellies. The wineries in Paw Paw, some of which are a part of the oldest wineries in Michigan, are the main attraction within the town. Today, Paw Paw is mostly known for their annual wine and harvest festival, which includes wine tastings and grape stomping contests. The people of Paw Paw enjoy fishing along the Paw Paw River for mostly brown trout, large mouth bass, and walleye. Paw Paw’s inhabitants also enjoy spending their hot, summer days along Maple Lake, swimming and boating in the lake that leads into the Paw Paw River.