9 State Parks in Michigan with Great Beaches

Michigan, known as the Great Lakes State, touches four Great Lakes, with 3,288 linear miles of freshwater shoreline.

The state also has over 11,000 inland lakes, making it a great state to take to the water. You’ll find many state parks in Michigan with great beaches.

Burt Lake State Park

The 400-acre state park features year-round fun in the form of water sports, hiking, and camping. The park’s shoreline showcases 2,000 feet of sandy beach, making it perfect for swimming and more.

Holland State Park

Have fun building sandcastles on Lake Michigan’s sandy beaches, watching the sunset over the lake, and viewing the iconic lighthouse fondly called Big Red. It’s one of Michigan’s most photographed lighthouses.

Tawas Point State Park

Once you get to the 183-acre state park on a sliver of land forming Tawas Bay, you’ll find plenty to keep you busy. At the park, Lake Huron offers a sandy beach with warmer waters.

Ludington State Park

Explore seven miles of Lake Michigan’s expansive beach shoreline and check out the Lake Michigan Beach House on the National Register of Historic Places.

Petoskey State Park

Located on Little Traverse Bay, is home to one mile of beautiful beach along Lake Michigan. The park’s beach is a popular spot for those wanting to find Petoskey stones.

Keith J. Charters Traverse City State Park

Off U.S. 31, the day-use area features a quarter mile of sandy shoreline. The easy access makes it the perfect place for a break between other activities.

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