Situated on a navigable channel to Lake Michigan, the  beaches, boating and snowsports in Pentwater, Michigan, are a first-class outdoor attraction that make for a legendary Northern Michigan vacation. Pentwater boasts, two marinas, two boat launches, a beautiful beach at Charles Mears State Park and world-class Great Lakes charter fishing. Charles Mears State Park also offers camping. In the winter there is cross-country skiing and snowshoeing on the 7.5-mile Pentwater Pathway and at nearby Ludington State Park.

Scroll on for the deets on the beaches, boating and snowports in Pentwater, Michigan.

Charles Mears State Park

Find a swimming beach, paved campsites, hiking trail, and a wonderful dune to romp on known as Old Baldy. When you’ve had enough fun in the sun, the boutiques, galleries and eateries of Pentwater are nearby. Relax and watch this video of a day at Charles Mears State Park.

For more information: Charles Mears State Park


Sportsmen Sportfishing Charters

231.845.1722; 231.206.2820


Snug Harbor Marina

Inside the channel on the east side of Pentwater Lake.

Full service repairs, gas and fuel, annual and transient dockage, showers, wi-fi, tv-hookups, picnic area, laundromat, marina boutique.

Charlie’s Marina

Gas, pump outs, jet ski ramps

Find it: 240 W. Sixth St., Pentwater,

Pentwater Municipal Marina

43 slips, pump out service, water, fixed and floating docks, picnic area, laundromat,i

Find it: 519 S. Hancock St., 231.869.7028; for seasonal boat slip info, 231.869.8301

Pentwater Boat Launch

Find it: 191 E. Lake St., Pentwater

Launch Site for Canoes and Kayaks, Lake Street Junior sailing site.

Skiing and Snowshoeing

The 7.2-mile Pentwater Pathway consists of four groomed looped trails that are flat to a moderate grade.  Expect a groomed ski path with snowshoers encouraged to walk beside it.  In the spring, summer and fall the trail is open to hiker and mountain bikers. Motorized vehicles are prohibited.

Find it: Pentwater Monroe Road exit off US-31, turn west on Long Bridge Road and then south on Wayne Road. Entrance is about one mile south.

Cornerstone article: Beaches, Boatin and Snow Sports in Pentwater, Michigan



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