Summer in Ludington is a day at the beach

Summer in Ludington is a day at the beach

Pure Ludington, Ludington Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

As home of the longest freshwater coastline in the world, we’re blessed with lots of water here in Michigan. We are the Great Lakes State, after all!

But with record-high lake levels, we now have so much water it can be hard to enjoy all that coastline. Many beaches are cramped and have even disappeared in some places.

Not in Ludington. There’s plenty of shore where you can spread out a blanket and soak in the wonderful beauty of our Michigan.

With so many of you staying closer to home this summer and trading long-distance vacations for drivable destinations right here in our state, we’d like to invite you to experience Pure Ludington.

Not only can you relax and recharge at the beaches in Ludington, but there’s opportunity for outdoor recreation all over Mason County. Here are just a few ways you can get out in the fresh air of Ludington and immerse yourself in the unique splendor of your own state’s backyard:


There’s still a ton of beachfront in the Ludington area along Lake Michigan, from the half-mile of sandy shore at Stearns Park Beach downtown to the seven miles of pristine shoreline leading to the iconic Big Sable Point lighthouse in Ludington State Park. The state park also has an inland lake beach along the warm, shallow waters of Hamlin Lake, one of the largest inland lakes in the Lower Peninsula.


For water recreation, there’s no shortage of options in Ludington. There’s Lake Michigan, of course, which is great for everything on water from skipping stones to wind surfing. There’s also all-sports Hamlin and Bass lakes for boating as well as Pere Marquette and Lincoln lakes for fishing.


Paddle the Lincoln River, enjoy a family-friendly float by tube down the Big Sable River in Ludington State Park or explore the wilderness of the Manistee National Forest by way of the many canoe liveries along the Pere Marquette River.


For an overland adventure, you can hike, bike or ride off road vehicles through the massive Manistee National Forest. Hiking and biking trails weave through Ludington State Park, too, and there’s an Urban Single Track system that’s perfect for novice mountain bikers with 10 miles of trails in town.


Precautions surrounding COVID-19 have resulted in many summer events being cancelled around Michigan, but there’s still a lot going on in Ludington. From a summerlong farmers market and monthly bonfires on the beach to weekly live music events downtown, there’s something happening whenever you visit this summer.

We haven’t even mentioned golf, ice cream at House of Flavors, shoreline tours on the SS Badger…the list goes on! To plan your visit, go to!


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