What to do in Mears State Park

Paved campsite lots are surrounded by fine sand, and a swimming beach is adjacent to the harbor pier. The existing 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.

- These play areas offer a variety of playground equipment for children.

Beach House
- Provides clothes-changing area for swimmers.Located next to the concession building.

Shore fishing is very popular at Pentwater Lake in the fall, and anglers can expect to catch steelhead, perch, trout and smelt. Fishing from piers adjacent to the park is also a popular year-round activity. During the winter, Pentwater Lake provides excellent ice fishing.

Picnic Area
- Picnic tables and fire pits/grills
Picnic tables, grills and fire circles are available at the picnic areas. Parking is available for 250 vehicles.

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.

Snowmobile Area
- Allowed with 4" of snow or more on the ground.Snowmobiles are not allowed on the hiking or cross-country trails, but the activity is supported in the park.

Located in the day-use areas of the park.

The Pentwater Pier is a popular attraction near the park.

Sandy Beach
A beautiful sandy beach with a beach volleyball court, horseshoe pits, grills, and picnic tables.

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 statutes. If you wish to use a metal detector in this state park, here is a map that shows clearly where this activity may take place. Any items found must be reviewed by park staff and may be retained for further investigation.

The park is located just outside the resort village of Pentwater, which offers many unique activities for park visitors. The park hosts a fireworks display on July 3rd and a kids bike parade on July 4th. 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 Beach and a fireworks display from a pier adjacent to the beach. The last weekend in September is Fall Fest, an annual art fair. There are boat launches and marinas in Pentwater. Charter fishing is also available at some of the local marinas.

Mears- Modern - (800) 447-2757, 175 site(s), $27

Mears-Old Baldy Interpretive Trail - 1 (Miles), Hiking

Take US 31 to the Monroe Rd. exit. Go W. on Monroe Rd. to Lowell St. Go W. about 5 blocks to Park Entrance.

This state normally experiences mild summers with average temperatures near 70 to 80 degrees F. Nights can be cool in the northern reaches of the state with lows dipping near 50 degrees F. August and September are the wettest months on average. Fall temperatures begin to cool in mid September, which brings a spectacular fall foliage color change. Days are crisp and nights chilly during this time of year. Winters can be brutal in Michigan with lake-effect snows bringing 200 inches of snow to some areas in the Upper Peninsula. Spring reaches the southern regions of the state in late March and a few weeks later in the north. This time of year is also very wet with snow melt and spring rains.

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

Phone: 231-869-2051

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