There is a lot to discover during a visit to Ludington State Park. The state park is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. So what makes it so great? Glad you asked….
The Gorgeous Views
Let’s start with the views. They are pretty incredible! The landscape is very diverse which gives you plenty of options when it comes to adventure.
The water will remind you of the Carribean only the cruel joke is that it’s A LOT colder. The good news is that you are not at the bottom of the food chain when you enter the water and you can ride a few waves without a salty aftertaste in your mouth after a swim.
The sand is soft and you can enjoy a leisurely walk along Lake Michigan or climb and tumble down a dune.
There are trails located throughout the state park. You can walk through the woods or climb a sand dune or do both.
There are plenty of areas for fishing or just relaxing as you observe nature.
Floats trips at Ludington are really popular. Lots of visitors start near the dam inside the park and take a few hour float trip that leads to Lake Michigan in tubes that are either bought or rented at the park.
Sunsets by Big Sable Point Lighthouse located at the State Park are pretty incredible. You can also tour the lighthouse during the day for a small fee.
If you decide to walk to the lighthouse from the Ludington State Park beach be prepared to walk for a while. It’s 2 miles each way and you cannot drive directly to the lighthouse. On select days there are buses that can transport you to the lighthouse for a fee. You might also consider riding a bike so that you can get back to the campground faster when it’s dark. There are lots of great bike paths throughout the campground and you will most likely see deer along the paths.
Here are a few addition insider tips from my sister in law who camps there often.
- You can make reservations 6 months in advance and for the busy season and I would recommend that. But that doesn’t mean you cannot get a site if you didn’t plan 6 months ahead.
- Fishing is best on Hamlin Lake and the campsites in Cedar are the closest to Hamlin and Lost Lake.
- The first group of campsites are the closest to Lake Michigan/beach.
- There is a beach on Hamlin Lake which is great if it’s cold on the big lake.
- Bring bikes, a boat, tubes for tubing down the river and shoes for hiking.
Where to Eat Out
- We go to breakfast at Old Hamlin restaurant. Their homemade bread is to die for and French toast is awesome. They have a breakfast buffet. It’s tradition so we go there.
- House of Flavors for ice cream. The line is always long but it’s a Ludington tradition for many.
- In the fall the salmon run up the river and it is awesome to see. People still camp at the state park in the fall. The trees are beautiful in the fall.
- Stay more than a couple of days so that you can enjoy everything there is to do there.
- The park has a nice playground by the dock and a Skatepark close to downtown.
You can find out more about Ludington State Park from their website.
Ludington State Park is located at 8800 W. M-116, Ludington MI, 49431
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