Charles Mears State Park – 400 West Lowell St. Pentwater, Michigan
Located in the quaint village of Pentwater along the Lake Michigan shoreline. Paved campsite lots are surrounded by fine sand, with a swimming beach adjacent to the harbor pier. Shore fishing is very popular at Pentwater Lake in the fall. Fishing from piers adjacent to the park is also a popular year-round activity. During the winter, Pentwater Lake provides excellent ice fishing. There is an interpretive trail about one mile in length for hiking. It winds around to the tip of Old Baldy, a wooded and sand-blown dune that provides an excellent view of Lake Michigan’s shoreline, and the town of Pentwater and the boat harbor. Snowmobiles are not allowed on the hiking/cross-country trails, but the activity is supported in the park. It also has a metal detecting area. Pet friendly shoreline. 231-869-2051 Recreation passports are required and may be purchased at the park.
Silver Lake State Park Beach – located off Silver Lake Road, 1/2 mile west of downtown Silver Lake
It encompasses 3,000 acres along more than four miles of the Lake Michigan shoreline. It is home to a 200 site campground with electrical service and modern restrooms, a large sandy swimming beach, and an off-road vehicle scramble area. Visitors come from all over the world to ride the only sand dunes open to ORVs east of the Mississippi.
Golden Township Park – 445 N. Lighthouse Dr. Mears, Michigan
Located off Silver Lake Road, one-quarter mile north of the Lighthouse. The warm water from Silver Lake satisfies younger swimmers at this beach while the Big Lake attracts the older, more adventurous folks. Beach walkers will also like the easy access to Little Sable Pt. Lighthouse, just a short walk down the beach.
Cedar Point County Park – 4799 N. Ridge Road Mears, Michigan
Located on Ridge Road, bordering Golden and Pentwater townships. The park is approximately 2.5 acres and provides steps to access 133 feet of sandy Lake Michigan beach. Paved parking and porta-johns are provided. This is a great park for picnicking and swimming.
Stearns Park Beach – Stearns Outer Drive, Ludington, Michigan
The beaches of singing sands along Ludington’s coast have long attracted those looking for a place to unwind, relax, swim and sunbathe. Stearns Park is located in Ludington within walking distance to downtown and many lodging facilities. The park is free to the public and offers a wide 1/2 mile stretch of beach, sand volleyball courts, a playground, the North Breakwater Light, shaded grassy picnic area with grilles and two concession stands. Mini-golf and shuffle board are available for a small fee. It may look like just another place for kids to skateboard and in-line skate, but the new Ludington Skate Plaza has fast become an outdoor community center of sorts. The Skate Plaza features all the stuff the skateboarding crowd looks for: a mini-pipe, handrails, stair sets, ledges, and even a bowl (for those of you not in the know, visualize a pool without water). But, its got benches and plenty of places for parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents and just plain ‘ole skateboard lovers to sit and watch the action.
Ludington State Park – 8800 W. M-116, Ludington, MI
The park is home to three campgrounds, sandy beaches, scenic sand dunes, an iconic lighthouse, wetlands, marshlands and forests. The park is situated between Hamlin Lake and Lake Michigan with several miles of beautiful shoreline along both lakes. The park also offers wildlife viewing from its extensive trail system. An official Michigan Viewing Area. Metal detecting area. Ludington State Park offers many great attractions, classes, hikes, and interpretive programs year-round. Visitors can learn about the sand dunes, the Great Lakes, the history of Big Sable Point Lighthouse, lumber town, and the Civilian Conservation Corps camp. To get to the park, follow M-116 north to the state park entrance.
South Pier Beach – South Lakeshore Drive, Ludington, Michigan
This publicly accessible beach is located in the City of Ludington, south of the Ludington Pier. Paved parking lot available with cement walk way leading to beach. No facilities.
Buttersville Park Beach – 991 S. Lakeshore Drive, Ludington, Michigan
Buttersville Park Beach is a dog-friendly beach south of Ludington and a little less crowded than the beaches closer to downtown. Follow the scenic drive to the Buttersville Peninsula to this quiet escape off the beaten path.
Bass Lake Outlet – 6821 Mack Rd, Pentwater, MI
Features a shallow area devoted to swimming. Pet friendly. No facilities on site. The outlet beach sits between Bass Lake and Lake Michigan, and can be accessed on foot or by boat.
Summit Park Beach – 5581 S. Lakeshore Drive, Ludington, Michigan
The Summit Township Park is open on April 1st and closed November 1st . The park offers Lake Michigan Beach, a tennis court, ball fields, playground, picnic area and a pavilion to host weddings, family reunions, graduations, etc.
Hamlin Lake Beach – 8800 W. M-116 Ludington, Michigan
Within the Ludington State Park, boasts warm shallow waters. It is the perfect place for a family picnic with plenty of shady areas, lots of room to play in the sand and restrooms and concessions close by.