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Explore the Michigan Shoreline

4.4 BeachesFind the Best Beach for You Along the Michigan Shoreline

From Holland to South Haven, rolling dunes, gorgeous trails and beautiful beaches decorate the Lake Michigan coast; calling out to those in search of lazy days in the sun, scenic walks through the dunes, and spectacular sunsets. The Michigan shoreline was awarded as one of the top beach destinations in the country. You can't go wrong with any of the lakeside landings listed below.

The Low-Down

Want to know how the staff weighs in on the local beaches along the Michigan shoreline? Click on a staff member's name below for a look at their favorite sunny spots.

Margo

"Get out ON the water – Get off the beach and get a whole new perspective! Star of Saugatuck, rent a kayak/paddleboard, take a private boat/sailboat charter. Once you get your feet wet you may not want to touch sand again!"

Chris

"I love Dunes State Park. It's the best place in the area to enjoy the woods and a great hike with the dogs. Also, the disk golf course by the Felt Mansion is lots of fun and it's free!"

 

Saugatuck/Douglas Area Beaches

 

Douglas Beach
Center Street toward Lake Michigan, left turn on Lakeshore Drive, beach is on left side of road.

  • Restrooms
  • Picnic tables
  • Partial water view from top
  • 103 stairs
  • No fee

Laketown Beach
142nd Avenue, west off 64th Street,
6710 142nd Avenue

  • Lengthy stairway
  • Parking
  • Portable bathrooms
  • No fee

Oval Beach
Ferry Street to Oval Beach Road

  • Concessions
  • Restrooms
  • Picnic Area with swings
  • No stairs
  • Fee to enter

Pier Cove Beach
M-89 to Lakeshore Drive south to Pier Cove

  • 25 Stairs
  • Small beach area with small creek
  • No trash or restrooms
Saugatuck Dunes State Park

Blue Star Highway to 64th Street West on 138th Avenue

  • Hike to beach
  • Picnic area
  • Dogs allowed on trails, not on beach
  • Fee to enter

Shore Acres Township Park
Blue Star Highway to 64th Street west on 138th 6597 138th Avenue

  • No restrooms
  • Hiking trails-long hike to beach
  • Trails connect to Dunes State Park
  • Basket ball-Frisbee golf
  • Picnic tables
  • Dogs allowed on trails, not on beach
  • No fee

Sunset Park
M-89 to Lakeshore Drive north 1.4 miles

  • View only, no beach access-no stairs
  • Picnic tables-no restrooms

West Side Park

M-89 to Lakeshore Drive south to West Side Park

  • Restrooms
  • Playground-picnic area
  • Stairs down to beach
  • Fee to enter

South Haven Area Beaches

 

Black River Park
Broadway Avenue to Dyckman Avenue to Dunkley Avenue

  • Picnic area
  • Restrooms
  • No fee

Dyckman Street Access
175 North Shore Drive

  • Boardwalk
  • No parking
  • No restrooms
  • View from top
  • No fee

Kids Korner Park
South Haven Street between Monroe
Boulevard & Saint Joseph Street

  • Restrooms
  • Baseball field
  • Picnic area
  • Playground
  • No fee

North Beach
Lakeshore Drive to North Shore Drive

  • Concessions
  • Pier Walking
  • Playgrounds-beach volleyball courts
  • No fee

Newcomb Beach
725 North Shore Drive just north of Webster Avenue

  • No restrooms
  • View from entrance
  • Stairs
  • No parking
  • No fee

Oak Street Access
375 Oak Street & North Shore Drive

  • No Restrooms
  • No parking
  • Stairs
  • View from top of stairs
  • No fee
Packard Park and Beach

231 North Shore Drive between Well Street & Dyckman Avenue

  • Picnic area
  • Restrooms
  • Playground
  • No fee

South Beach
Phoenix Avenue to 60 Water Street, south of the Black River

  • Access to Pierhead Lighthouse
  • Concessions
  • Skate Park-play ground
  • Restrooms
  • Parking
  • Fee to enter

Stanley Johnson Park
Dyckman Avenue and Black River Street

  • Picnic area
  • Playground
  • Basketball court
  • Baseball field
  • No fee

Van Buren State Park
23960 Ruggles Road, 196 exit 13 w. 1/2 mile north on Blue Star Highway go 4 miles. Left on CR380, and left on Ruggles Road

  • 400 acres hiking
  • Picnic area/w grills
  • Bathrooms
  • Camping
  • No fee

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