Ludington beaches and parks are some of the area’s biggest attractions. On your Northern Michigan vacation, be sure to stop in Ludington to soak up some sun and enjoy a picnic while taking in stunning Lake Michigan views from some of the state’s most striking shores.

Buttersville Beach

South Lakeshore Drive | Ludington

Buttersville Park Beach is often less crowded than those closer to downtown Ludington. This location is dog-friendly and has its own scenic drive into the Buttersville Peninsula, which offers a quiet escape just off the beaten path. Buttersville Beach is located off S. Lakeshore Drive, a short distance past Historic White Pine Village.

Copeyon Park

Washington Avenue | Ludington

Copeyon Park is a family-friendly beach that offers playgrounds, picnic areas, and boat launches. Copeyon Park sports a view of the port unseen from anywhere else, making it a photographer’s dream. Located on the east side of Pere Marquette Lake, it’s a great spot for family picnics, reunions, weddings, and photo shoots.

Hamlin Lake Beach

M-116 | Ludington

Hamlin Lake Beach, located within Ludington State Park, boasts warm shallow waters. With plenty of shade, a spacious beach, restrooms, and concessions, it’s perfect for a family picnic.

Long Skinny Park

North Lakeshore Drive | Ludington

The park runs between the water’s edge and S. Lakeshore Drive. Long Skinny Park is the perfect day-long getaway; a great spot to fish away the morning, enjoy a picnic lunch, then hang around the shore for sunset.

Ludington State Park Beach

M-116 | Ludington

The Ludington State Park Beach is well-known for its sugary shores and scenic location on Lake Michigan’s coast. Perfect for visits by families and couples alike, Ludington State Park Beach offers some of the most attractive views in the state of Michigan.

Ludington Rotary Park

Ludington Avenue | Ludington

As comfortable as it is scenic, Rotary Park is dimpled with trees that provide just the right amount of shade on a warm afternoon. The park has plenty of picnic tables and benches.

Memorial Tree Park

Washington Avenue | Ludington

Located at the corner of N. Washington and Sherman, you’ll find Memorial Tree Park. Benches overlook Lincoln Lake which lines Memorial Tree’s edge. Farther inland, you’ll find benches and picnic tables, swings, and sports fields.

South Bayou Park

N. Lakeshore Drive | Ludington

Situated on Hamlin Lake, this little park provides a boat launch, swings, and picnic tables. South Bayou is a well-kept secret, perfect for a more private afternoon in the Northern Michigan outdoors.

Stearns Park Beach

N. Lakeshore Drive | Ludington

Stearns Park Beach is recognized by USA Today Travel as one of the Top 50 Great American Beaches. It offers a family-friendly atmosphere fit for playing in the water, taking the perfect family picture, or building an epic sandcastle. Stearns Park Beach consists of 2,500 feet of sandy shoreline bordered by a grassy area complete with picnic tables, grills, a playground, a skate park, a mini-golf course, and a volleyball court. Stearns Park Beach also boasts a lengthy pier that extends to the North Breakwater Lighthouse.

Summit Park Beach

S. Lakeshore Drive | Ludington

Summit Park Beach is the perfect place to spend a well-deserved vacation. This park offers great spots to enjoy a picnic with a view or to spend an active afternoon at its baseball and softball fields. Located on S. Lakeshore Drive, Summit Park is the perfect place to pass a beautiful Northern Michigan day.

Suttons Landing

Iris Road | Ludington

Suttons Landing sits on the banks of the Pere Marquette River. It’s complete with a handicap-accessible boardwalk, allowing everyone access to the beauty of Northern Michigan. Suttons Landing can be found just off Old US-31 and is the perfect place for a family reunion, wedding reception, or an afternoon of fishing.

Victory Township Park

Victory Park Road | Ludington

Trees line the drive into Victory Township Park, setting the mood for the serene and secluded scene you’ll find. Set against Upper Hamlin Lake, this park sports grills, picnic tables, a pavilion, and Northern Michigan views as genuine and breathtaking as can be.

Waterfront Sculpture Park

William Street | Ludington

This 5.3-acre park is located on Ludington’s harbor. It’s home to nine bronze sculptures placed throughout the park, each depicting segments of Ludington’s rich history. Waterfront Park is a great spot for families to watch as the S.S. Badger returns to and departs from Ludington.

Wilson Hill Park

Barnhart Road | Ludington

Wilson Hill Park offers a great place to enjoy a picnic, do some fishing, play baseball with friends and family, and launch your own boat. This township park is located on the south shore of Hamlin Lake just north of Ludington.

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