Ludington State Park
Ludington State Park has nearly 5,300 acres that are located between Hamlin Lake and Lake Michigan. It showcases beauty from the scenic sand dunes, ponds, forest to several miles of shoreline and beaches. There are many activities within the Ludington State Park, such as biking, cross country skiing, hiking, paddlesports, boat rental, fishing, hunting, nature programs, swimming and camping. There are also many facilities to access within in the Ludington State Park, people can visit the Amphitheater, utilize the boat launch, visit the Big Sauble Point Lighthouse, enjoy our picnic shelters and picnic areas, beach house and playground area. If you are looking for refreshments or souvenirs while at the Ludington State Park you can go to the Cedar Camp Store, visit Hamlin Lake Concessions or the historic Lake Michigan Beach House.
There are three modern campgrounds at the Ludington State Park - Pines, Cedar and Beechwood. All three are packed full of campsites equipped with electricity, modern showers and bathroom facilities. If you want to be one with nature, the Cedar Campground can accommodate the tent campers. If you really want to venture off the beaten path, the Jack Pine Hike-in offers rustic camping for the backpack campers. The campgrounds at the Ludington State Park can be enjoyed by the whole family. Dogs are not permitted in any water areas that are used for swimming or wading and they can not be left unattended. They must be on a leash no longer that six feet and under the owner's control at all times. Bring your family to the Ludington State Park for your next outdoor adventure.
Within the Ludington State Park, there are more than 18 miles of hiking and biking trails and 12 miles of cross-country ski trails. While hiking the trails, people can visit the Big Sable Point Lighthouse, it is a scenic two mile walk along the trail, either on the Lake Michigan beach side or the wooded trail. The Big Sable Point Lighthouse was completed in 1867 and is over one hundred feet tall, it is operated by the Sable Pointe Lighthouse Keepers Association, since 1987. Visitors of the lighthouse can explore the grounds, tour the original Keeper's Quarters, which is not the gift shop, and climb the 130 steps to the top of the tower that overlooks Lake Michigan.
Another wonderful attraction within the Ludington State Park is the historic Lake Michigan Beach House. The Lake Michigan Beach House was completed in 1935, it was then used by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) as a public work relief program for young men, to relieve families who had difficulty finding jobs during the Great Depression. This allowed unskilled young men manual labor jobs related to conservation and the development of natural resources in rural areas there are owned by federal, state and local governments. This program was created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, he called it the "New Deal", it was a federally funded program but then the program was eliminated during World War II.
Now, the Lake Michigan Beach House is home to the visitor services, permanent and seasonal exhibits, public restrooms, and concessions. The concessions has a dining room or visitors can sit outside on the patio/dining area. Guests enjoy sitting on the deck to watch the boats come and go and the spectacular Lake Michigan sunsets. In 2008 funding allowed the DNR to make many needed updates to the Lake Michigan Beach House. Visit the Lake Michigan Beach House, located in the Ludington State Park for your next beach getaway.
A recreation passport is required on every vehicle to enter the Ludington State Park.