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Ludington State Park
8800 W. M-116
Ludington, Michigan   49431

Phone: 231-843-2423
Reservations: 800-447-2757
Ludington State Park
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Ludington State Park
'Hamlin Dam'

Dam between Hamlin Lake Big Sable River

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'Lake Michigan'

Shoreline in front of Beachhouse.

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'Bike Path'

Great bike trails

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'Visitor Center'

Great Lakes Visitor Center

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'Ludington Dunes'

Dunes as seen from the Big Sable Lighthouse.

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'Big Sable Lighthouse'

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'Big Sable River'

Big Sable meets Lake Michigan

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'Beach house'

Lake Michigan Beach House

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'Lost Lake Boardwalk'

Lost Lake Boardwalk at Beechwood Campground

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'Big Sable River'

Walking bridge over the Big Sable River

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'Dune Hill'

Skyline trail dunes

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'SS Badger'

Car Ferry coming into Ludington from Wisconsin

Ludington State Park is comprised of nearly 5,300 acres of scenic sand dunes, shoreline vista, ponds, marshlands and forests. It is situated between Hamlin Lake and Lake Michigan with several miles of shoreline and beaches on both bodies of water. There are three modern campgrounds at Ludington State Park -- Pines, Cedar and Beechwood -- with a combined total of 355 campsites including three mini-cabins. These sites have electricity and modern shower and bathroom facilities in each campground. Cedar Campground also has a small loop of eight tent-only stes seperated from the modern site loop. These tent sites do not have electricity but are within walking distance of the restrooms and showers. For backpack campers, Ludington offers 10 remote tent sites in the new Jack Pine Hike-In only campground. This campground has no electricity and the toilet facilities are rustic. Showers are available at the Pines modern campground during the site specific season. All equipment and supplies must be backpacked or bicycle packed one mile into the sites from the designated parking area. Dogs are not allowed in any water area used for swimming or wading. They may not be left unattended, and must be on a leash no longer than six feet and under the owners control at all times.
Nature of the Area
The winter perspective is quiet and serene, as visitors have a chance to view wildlife and various species of waterfowl that are abundant in the park.
Ludington-Beechwood(800) 447-2757 148 site(s)Campsites with 50 amp Service, Electrical Service, Mini Cabin, Modern Restrooms

Ludington-Cedars(800) 447-2757 115 site(s)Electrical Service, Mini Cabin, Modern Restrooms, Rustic Site

Ludington-Jack Pine Hike In Sites(800) 447-2757 10 site(s)Rustic Site

Ludington-Pines(800) 447-2757 100 site(sElectrical Service, Mini Cabin, Modern Restrooms
The one-of-a-kind canoe trail is a great means for visitors to explore portions of Ludington State Park not readily accessible on foot.
Boat launch can accommodate up to 22 foot boats. Boat rentals are available at Hamlin Lake from mid-May to mid-October for kayaks, canoes, row boats, and paddle boats. Call the concession at 231-845-8582.

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The day use area has two sandy beaches, one located on Lake Michigan and the other on Hamlin Lake. Both areas have concessions that are open during the summer months. A picnic area with waist-high grills and tables is located at Hamlin Lake beach and along the Sable River. Located at Hamlin Lake day use area. Available on first-come, first-served basis or by reservation. For reservations, contact the park at 231-843-2423.
An outstanding feature of the park is its trail system. There are eight separately marked foot trails that wind for 18 miles throughout woods and over the dunes. There are three rustic trail shelters located along the trails. A portion of the trail system is a hard surface and is ADA accessible.

Trails in the park:

Ludington-Hiking Trails - 18 (Miles), Hiking

Ludington-Bicycle Trail - 0 (Miles), Biking, Mountain Biking

Ludington-Mountain Bike Trail - 0 (Miles), Hiking, Mountain Biking

Ludington-Cross Country Ski Trails - 16 (Miles), Cross Country Ski

Ludington-Canoe Trail - 0 (Miles), Canoeing
Area Attractions
Lighthouse:The Big Sable Point Lighthouse is open for tours May-October and maintained by the non-profit Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association. Access to the lighthouse is obtained by walking 1.5 miles one way.

Metal Detecting Areas:

Metal detecting is recognized as a legitimate recreation activity when it is conducted in ways that do not damage the natural and cultural resources in Michigan State Parks nor violate applicable state statues. Any items found must be reviewed by park staff and may be retained for further investigation.

Wireless Internet Access:

MiWiFi provides wireless Internet access near the main office headquarters building. The access point is located near the concessions area and radiates about 150 feet from this location in all directions.

The area surrounding Ludington State Park has many attractions. White Pine Village is a local historical village located just south of Ludington. The Ludington Car Ferry runs between Ludington and Manitowoc, Wisconsin during the summer.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
July 16 There is fun for all---
Did not camp here, but this place has lots to offer- swimming,fishing,walking,tubing-a family couldnt ask for more.
August 17 Watch the coons! by jasonfromrochester
An adventure of a lifetime. Not for the Holliday Inn camper... Don't leave food out though. You will be surrounded by 10+ raccoons that fearless in no time. They like to stare you down with their beady little eyes at night to get you to crack and feed them. Don't do it. Keep it locked up!
July 16 A must go to camp ground every summer!!!
Summer fun with kids and choose swimming in 3 choices, Lake Mi. - Hamlin lake or the river that flows between the 2. The mouth of the river by Lake Michigan is our favorite spot to swim. In the fall the salmon run up the river, what special place to camp.
February 9 best park in Michigan
the dunes and beach are clean, showers are clean and private, many places to explore, much fun for young adults and children, many activities
April 1 Best place ever! by Jen
I have been going to Ludington State Park for over 20 years and it never gets old! The place is beautiful from the lighthouses to the Lake. It is fun for all ages. The beach is great. The trails are fun and offer a different experience each day. I love this place! Looking forward to bringing the kids every year!
March 13 The Best of the Best by charmomster
There are so many things to do that you could go every year and find new things. The lighthouses, the excellent beach, great hiking and the park store. Short drive to Pentwater and Manistee....Gorgeous! Many memories to be made.
February 17 Best State Park in Michigan by 30 year camper
By far the best state park in the state. Very large, can spend hours walking or riding bikes on paved trails within park. An hour walk will get you to Big Sable Lighthouse. The beach is very large and nice. Nice, old beachhouse. Has a river from the back of the park to Lake Michigan that you can float down on tubes. The town of Ludington and nearby Pentwater are neat. Lake Michigan sunsets are the best!!!
August 4 Great beach, camping close quarters. by Brian
We had a great time at the beach and the lake was beautiful. Great bike trails, but more for older children and adults. However, the campsites are very close and curfew is not well enforced. But sites and showers are clean. Overall, we had a great time, but will probably look for more comfortable and quiet camping along Lake Michigan.
August 2 A FAMILY vacation spot by Justin
An awesome place to come and stay with the whole family. We come every year with a huge family and recomend it to anyone who loves the outdoors!
May 28 We never miss a year.
Beautiful, family friendly and fun!

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