What to do in Ludington State Park

Ludington State Park is comprised of 5,400 acres of recreation land with 6 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline. Situated between two fisheries, this park invites users to explore the dune and jackpine swails, brushy marsh and wetlands, and mature forests through a variety of outdoor pursuits.

Ludington State Park has a modern campground with 398 sites. The campground is open all year with modern facilities open April 15 to November 1.

Six miles of Lake Michigan shoreline offer visitors a fishing, swimming, and sunbathing experience. A second beach area is available along the banks of Hamlin Lake where visitors may swim, sunbathe, launch a boat, hike scenic trails or enjoy a placid canoe trail.

Within the park is the Great Lakes Visitor Center. Natural resource exhibits including geological and human history of the Great Lakes, early state park history, trail information, and educational programming is available to all ages and abilities. The center is handicap accessible. It is open pen 10 AM - 5 PM during the summer months. Spring and fall hours include weekends and some afternoons.

Ludington State Park is open to hunting for all species following State Regulations between September 15 and March 31. Exceptions apply; check with the park staff for details. The best opportunities are for white-tailed deer, squirrel and waterfowl hunting. The park also allows trapping in the open zones during specified seasons.

Recreations available at this scenic park include modern camping, fishing, swimming, playground fun, hunting, hiking, boating, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing.

Ludington State Park is saddled between Lake Michigan and Hamlin Lake about 6-8 miles north of Ludington.

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.

P.O. Box 709
Ludington, MI 49431

Phone: 231-843-8671

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