Nestled in the mouth of the Pere Marquette River, on Lake Michigan, Ludington is a wonderful place to live for those who call it home and a natural paradise for visitors. Far removed from the bustle and busyness of modern metropolises, the city offers a number of venues and amenities to have a great vacation with Fido! Ludington is the most dog-friendly place in the area with parks, beaches, cafes, shops and three veterinary clinics in the area.
There are plenty of beaches in Ludington to explore, but if you're traveling with your pooch, you may want to start with Loomis Street Dog Beach. The place offers a little less than fifty yards of a sandy beach and channel walking loop. It is better not to swim because the area is located next to the boat launch, but it makes for a great walk on a sunny day.
The beloved Ludington’s Central Bark Park is a favorite place for local dog owners to bring a pooch (or two) to play and romp in the specially designated fenced area. It's just a skip and a hop from the city center. You are welcome to engage yourself in a number of outdoor activities, and your pooch is sure to make a few new fur-iends here! If you want to visit a historic site with your pup, Historic White Pine Village offers more than thirty museums and picturesque vies of Lake Michigan.
Care to stay awhile? Ludington is a great choice with several dog-friendly hotels, apartments, suites, and rooms for rent. Some charge an additional fee per pet.
Ludington is entirely dog-friendly! No matter what part of the city you choose to explore, your pooch will be pleased with the number of options. Northwest Ludington is occupied by the spacious and charming Ludington State Park and Campgrounds. This state park sits right behind Lincoln Hills Golf Club and offers fishing, boating and swimming as well as hiking and picnicking. Your lovely mutt is very welcome to visit the park, accompanying you on miles of hiking trails and in the campground. Take a walk around Hamlin Lake and discover small and big islands connected to each other by trails. Make sure you follow the rules: pups are not allowed at the beaches in the area.
At the very northern tip of Ludington, you will find a large designated area with almost 4,000 acres of National Forest – Nordhouse Dunes. This fragile natural preserve is home to a variety of wild plants and creatures, and it also welcomes your and your pup to spend an amazing weekend exploring, hitting miles of walking trails and soaking up the atmosphere of thrilling adventure. Sandy dunes, ponds, wooded area and more are waiting for you here. Keep your mutt on their leash at all times and avoid the beaches. Pups are allowed to cool off in specially designated areas remote from the public spaces.
While Ludington has plenty of pawesome amenities, you'll find the best one in the southern part of the city. Far remote from the downtown area, Mason County Picnic Area is an extensive park with a number of outdoor activities for locals and visitors. Buttersville Park has one of the best dog-friendly beaches in the area! You and your furry adventurer will have a splashin' good time here! The beach is clean, beautiful, and located right past the campground. Your mutt is welcome to explore every nook and cranny in the park! Be sure to bring all the necessary supplies, including water and waste bags.
West Manistee is a doggie heaven! The amazing atmosphere here makes this place one of the most desirable destinations for dog owners. Here, you'll find a beach as well as an extensive recreation and green area with two huge parks and a few small ones close by. You can start with exploring First Street Beach located within Douglas Park, open for four-legged visitors year-round except the period from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Don't want to keep your pup on the leash all the time? Manistee Dog Park is located just a skip and a hop away from the beach and offers an off-leash experience for every pooch in the fenced, grassy area. Bring some water with you and let your pooch have a blast!
Cushy and quiet Pentwater offers plenty of natural beauty at Mears State Park, just west of downtown. The park is mostly a campground hosting tons of convenient amenities for campers, but pooches are welcome to join their masters as well! Just a skip and a hop from Lake Michigan, the park offers a soft sandy beach, breathtaking sunsets and fresh water paired with urban surroundings of piers and lighthouses. Your pooch is not allowed on the beaches, but there are plenty of walking trails and paved roads to enjoy nice stroll down the pier and back and away from the state park area.