What to do in Charles Mears State Park

The existing 179-acre park land was once owned by Charles Mears, an early settler of Pentwater. The land was donated to the State of Michigan in 1923 by Carrie Mears, the daughter of Charles Mears.

Charles Mears State Park is located in the quaint village of Pentwater along the Lake Michigan shoreline. Paved campsite lots (180) are surrounded by fine sand, and a swimming beach is adjacent to the harbor pier. There is electricity available at each campsite, as well as a sanitation station for campers. Camping facilities are open April 1 to December 1 with modern toilets from April 15 to November 1 only.

There are boat launches and marinas in Pentwater. Charter fishing is also available at some of the local marinas. Shore fishing is very popular at Pentwater Lake in the fall, and anglers can expect to catch steelhead, yellow perch, trout, and smelt. Fishing from piers adjacent to the park is also a popular year-round activity.

The day use area consists of a beautiful sandy beach on Lake Michigan, picnic tables, a beach house, children's playground, and a concession area. There is parking for 250 vehicles at the day use area parking lot.

There is an interpretive trail about one mile in length that winds around to the top of Old Baldy, a wooded and sand-blown dune that provides an excellent view of the Lake Michigan shoreline, the town of Pentwater, and the boat harbor.

Many winter recreation seekers enjoy snowmobiling and cross-country skiing in the area. Ice fishing is also a popular activity on Pentwater Lake.

The park is located just outside the resort village of Pentwater, which offers many unique activities for park visitors. The Saturday after July 4th holiday is the start of the Pentwater Arts and Crafts Fair. The second Thursday of August marks the start of a four day Homecoming Festival that features a sand sculpturing contest on park's beach and a fireworks display from a pier adjacent to the beach. The last weekend in September is Fall Fest, which is an annual art fair.

Recreation
Outdoor recreations available at Charles Mears State Park are camping, hiking, swimming, and fishing. Snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and ice fishing are popular area pursuits.

Location
The Charles Mears State Park is lcoated along the shores of Lake Michigan off Lowell Street in Pentwater, Michigan.

Climate
West Coast Michigan experiences pleasant summers with temperatures averaging 70 degrees F (21 degrees C). In winter, temperatures plunge to 22 degrees F (-6 degrees C). Lake winds have dramatic affect on wind chill factors. Yearly precipitation averages 40 inches and above.

Address
P.O. Box 370
W. Lowell Street
Pentwater, MI 49449

Phone: 231-869-2051


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