The most popular state park in Michigan, Ludington is a beautiful area located on the shores of Lake Michigan. There’s so much to do and see, as well as an abundance of wildlife and natural resources. With more than 5,000 acres, the landscape ranges from forests to marshlands, sandy dunes to lovely lakefronts. The beaches are known for their calm waters and plentiful sand, with many of amenities for families, such as playgrounds, picnic shelters, and concessions.
There are several beaches across Ludington State Park, including the campground beach, and all are easily walkable from one to the next. In addition to enjoying the beaches themselves, you can also partake in other activities such as lighthouse tours, canoeing, kayaking, tubing, hiking, and fishing. Fishing is particularly a favorite activity for visitors.
Pets are welcome in the Ludington area, but only in particular places. Out of the 5,000 acres of the park that exist, you can take your dog to about 3,000 of them. The only rules are that dogs must be on a six-foot leash or shorter (except for a very few circumstances), you clean up after your dog yourself, and that you’re able to prove your dog has their shots. Dogs are not allowed inside park buildings or on beach areas specifically dedicated to swimming; however, that still leaves a lot of the beach open to dogs and, as mentioned above, you can easily walk between beaches whether you’re just visiting the park or staying at the campground.
If you plan to visit this beach, just watch the designations for swimming and non-swimming areas to know where to go, and keep your dog on their leash at all times. (However, leashes are not required at the park’s disc golf courses, boat ramp, or dog park.)
For a family-friendly, fun time on the shores of Lake Michigan, look nowhere else than Ludington State Park.