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Ludington State Park

West Coast/Lake Michigan, Michigan

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  • Big Sable Point Lighthouse.- Ludington State Park
  • Boardwalk on the Island Trail.- Ludington State Park
  • Reflections along the Lost Lake Trail.- Ludington State Park
  • Hamlin Lake.- Ludington State Park
  • Island Trail.- Ludington State Park
  • Dunes along the East Lighthouse Trail.- Ludington State Park
  • Big Sable Lighthouse coming into view.- Ludington State Park
  • The sand dunes of Ludington State Park.- Ludington State Park
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Pros: 
Historic lighthouse. Sand dunes. Variety of activities.
Cons: 
Summer crowds.
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Region:
West Coast/Lake Michigan, MI
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Parking Pass: 
State Park Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

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Ludington State Park is 5,300 acres of Michigan paradise. Located in the northwest corner of "the mitten," this state park is host to a variety of activities that are sure to keep the family occupied.

Don't miss visiting the Big Sable Point Lighthouse. Built in 1867, the famous white- and black-striped lighthouse is immaculately maintained despite standing through years of harsh Michigan winters. A visit to the top is $5 for adults and $2 for kids.

Enjoy the clear cold water of Lake Michigan on the large sandy beaches. Anglers can wet a line in an attempt to catch a variety of freshwater species from the beach or on their boat using the park's ramp, suitable for boats up to 22 feet. The fall salmon run is a particularly popular time to try your luck. Enjoy a leisurely canoe, kayak, or inner tube float trip on the 4-mile Canoe Trail. Then, put on your hiking shoes to explore the boardwalks, sand dunes, and forests along 18 miles of well-maintained, well-marked hiking trails.

Ludington State Park is very popular for camping. With 335 sites ranging from primitive walk-in sites to modern mini-cabins, there is something for everyone's comfort level. The Beechwood, Cedar, and Pines campgrounds offer electrical hookups with modern showers and restrooms. Alternatively, the Jackpine Campground is a short, 1-mile hike- or bike-in campground for tents only offering more seclusion and rustic restrooms.

Even winter brings visitors with snowshoeing and cross-country skiing opportunities.

Entry to the park requires the purchase of the $11 recreation passport per vehicle.

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