Ludington State Park

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Park Rule: On Leash
Restroom: Yes
Park Size: Large
Small Dog Area: No
Fee: None
Description

Ludington State Park is housed on a whopping 5,300 acres of property. Sandwiched between Lake Michigan and Hamlin Lake, this pawsome park is chock full of sand dunes, incredible views, forests, and beaches. Ludington State Park offers many outdoor activities with something sure to interest the whole family, especially the four legged member.

Furry visitors will go mutts over the park’s trail system. Eight trails wind through the gorgeous property and range from a half mile to four miles.  If you only have time for one hike, take the Lighthouse Trail. It meanders through a lovely forest and across sand dunes until it reaches the famed Big Sable Point Lighthouse. Your pooch will love gazing up at this beautiful structure.

Other recreational opportunities include fishing, biking, swimming, and water sports. Metal detecting and a wide variety of classes are also available. Please note that pets are not allowed in the water in any of the park’s swimming or wading areas. But your water loving pup can splash around in the Big Sable River and outside of the designated swim areas in Hamlin Lake.

The park has an abundance of camp sites, so bring some sleeping bags and stay a night or two. Pines, Cedar, and Beechwood Campgrounds have tent and RV spots available. If your pup really wants to ruff it, backpack to one of the remote sites in Jack Pine Hike-In-Only Campground.

A Recreation Passport is required to visit Michigan State Parks. Michigan residents can purchase one for $11.00 when renewing their license plate each year or for $16.00 at any other time. Non-residents must pay a $9.00 day use fee. Bathrooms are located on the premises and drinking water is also available. Complimentary poop bags are not provided, so bring some along and always pick up after your pup.

If your pal is begging for a day trip to a great Michigan park, Ludington State Park is the pawfect destination!

Address
8800 W M-116
Ludington, MI 49431
Hours
Mon 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tue 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wed 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thu 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Fri 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sat 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sun 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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Address
8800 W M-116
Ludington, MI 49431
Hours
Mon 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tue 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wed 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thu 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Fri 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sat 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sun 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM