The most pupular park in Michigan is the Ludington State Park, a beautiful stretch of land along the shores of Lake Michigan. There’s so much to do and see over its 5,300 acres. The landscape ranges from forests to marshlands, and sandy dunes to lovely lakefronts. The beaches are known for their calm waters and plentiful sand, with many amenities for families, such as playgrounds, picnic shelters, and concessions.
There are several beaches across Ludington State Park, and all are easily walkable from one to the next. If you have your beach pup in tow, however, there are only certain places your dog can romp in the sand and splash in the water. Unfurtunately, dogs are not allowed on the large beach along Lake Michigan. If your dog needs some water fun, head inland to Hamlin Lake. Dogs cannot hang out in the designated swimming and bathing areas, but can enjoy the water outside of those areas, or take a boat for the day. You and your dog can explore the shoreline along the Big Sable River which flows through the park, so long as its east of the highway bridge. Your dog can also splash at Sargent Sand Lake on Piney Ridge Road, and just north of Beechwood Campground at Lost Lake.
Take a stroll along the lake or river shorelines, take a dip in the water, or cast a line with your furry bestie. When your dog has had enough of these furbulous water spots, take a hike on the park's 21 miles of trails. There are also three campgrounds for those overnight adventurers that feature plenty of options, from primitive tent sites to electric to cabins. For those who want to get lost in nature, there are also remote sites at the Jack Pine Hike-In Only Campground, where sites are found along a 1 mile trail.
Wherever you travel with your pup, be sure to keep them on a leash no longer than six feet at all times. Always pack in any essentials, such as drinking water to share, food and snacks, and clean-up bags. Pick up whatever your dog leaves behind to keep this puptastic park dog-friendly. Note that you do need a recreation passport to access Michigan's pawmazing parks. Residents can purchase a yearly permit for $11 when they renew their license plate, or for $16 at the gate of any state park. Non-residents can purchase a daily pass for $9, or an annual pass for $33.
For an outdoor experience your pup won't soon furget, explore the beaches and shorelines in the Ludington State Park today!