Beach It in Traverse City!

West End

Running in a sandy arc from Traverse City’s Open Space a mile west to M-72, West End Beach has long provided a measure of Traverse City’s summer vital signs. Locals and visitors stake out space on shore, while boaters anchor nearby, creating a boat-to-shore social scene. The region’s most active volleyball action fires up here as well, with the fit and oiled competing nearly every evening all summer long. An easy walk to downtown delivers T.C.’s restaurants, cafes and a break from the sun.

Bryant Park

With its fat strip of sand, playground equipment on the grass, a plenitude of picnic tables (with grills) and a nice bathroom, Bryant Park, ranks high on family beach favorites. Smaller crowds seal the deal for those looking for a quieter beach scene than what’s found downtown. Plan a late afternoon gathering followed by picnic dinner and sunset, and you’ll have a day to remember. At the southeast corner of West Grand Traverse Bay, where Garfield Ave. meets Peninsula Dr.

Haserot Park

Tracing the shore of the diminutive bay at Old Mission Village, the Traverse region’s first European settlement, Haserot Park beach presents a sequestered piece of classic summertime. Playground equipment, picnic tables and grills. But also modest sailboats moored in the bay, cottages
running along the shore, and an old timey souvenir shop is a short walk up the little two-lane. One bonus: the bay opens to the southeast— protected from the north and west winds.

Long Lake

Families, especially those with little kids, appreciate the warm inland lake water that Long Lake offers up. Shade from towering fir trees in the park offer respite for naps and for when the sun gets too hot. Picnic tables keep the meals easy. A small market a halfmile away fills in what you forgot. And of course, there’s that fall-in-love-with-it Long Lake view. About 6 miles west of Traverse City on North Long Lake Rd.

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Article Comments

  • Anonymous

    I have been boating with my parents since I was a child. Everyone I know owns a boat, or other water device. I have had the pleasure of being on many lakes in Michigan small to even the Great Lakes and honestly there is no such thing as a quite day on the lake in mid day during the high sun, unless you live on Golden Pond! Enigines make noise and so too, do people. If the boats don’t stop and anchor they will zip by either way you have NOISE. We snorkel while anchored, eat lunch, float in water to cool off, play volley ball and SPEND QUALITY TIME WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY! We buy our gasoline, steaks, hotdogs, buns, propane, beverages, groceries, fishing license… all in the area we vacation in and we invite FRIENDS to!!! Word of mouth referrals to restaruants, shops, marinas and this often times results in furture economic growth for your community. Honestly, is your community ready to rally behind a few unhappy residence?? Are you all really prepared to risk all this???? There are SOOOOOOOOOO many lakes in Michigan!!!!
    SO many struggling small tourist communities. Is the draw soley to the lake or does it trickle into the community through many facets? The boating community whether they are locals, 3rd generation property owners and vacationers or family and friends of any combination of these, are vital to the economy of most small towns especially in the north. Are you just as dissatified with snowmobiles as you are boats??? If so you need to consider moving.

    I live on a golf course and believe me you I understood when I purchased it, it’s proxmity to the course and all that it entails!!! WAKE UP!

    To my friends! TGIF see you somewhere on the water in Michigan; location to be determined by US!

  • Anonymous

    I have been boating with my parents since I was a child. Everyone I know owns a boat, or other water device. I have had the pleasure of being on many lakes in Michigan small to even the Great Lakes and honestly there is no such thing as a quite day on the lake in mid day during the high sun, unless you live on Golden Pond! Enigines make noise and so too, do people. If the boats don’t stop and anchor they will zip by either way you have NOISE. We snorkel while anchored, eat lunch, float in water to cool off, play volley ball and SPEND QUALITY TIME WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY! We buy our gasoline, steaks, hotdogs, buns, propane, beverages, groceries, fishing license… all in the area we vacation in and we invite FRIENDS to!!! Word of mouth referrals to restaruants, shops, marinas and this often times results in furture economic growth for your community. Honestly, is your community ready to rally behind a few unhappy residence?? Are you all really prepared to risk all this???? There are SOOOOOOOOOO many lakes in Michigan!!!!
    SO many struggling small tourist communities. Is the draw soley to the lake or does it trickle into the community through many facets? The boating community whether they are locals, 3rd generation property owners and vacationers or family and friends of any combination of these, are vital to the economy of most small towns especially in the north. Are you just as dissatified with snowmobiles as you are boats??? If so you need to consider moving.

    I live on a golf course and believe me you I understood when I purchased it, it’s proxmity to the course and all that it entails!!! WAKE UP!

    To my friends! TGIF see you somewhere on the water in Michigan; location to be determined by US!