Anne Erickson

Weekends

Michigan has some great beaches.

If you love beaches, then Michigan is the perfect state for you. Not only do we have the Great Lakes, but Michigan also has countless inland lakes, all with pristine sandy beaches.

That’s one great thing about Michigan. You don’t have to travel too far to enjoy a great vacation, especially if you’re a “beach bum.” Lots of people from across the U.S. come to Michigan to vacation in the spring and summer, including some of my friends in Florida. With that being the case, why not take enjoy the beautiful beaches we have in Michigan and plan your spring getaway or summer vacation right here in the Mitten?

Read on for a list I’ve put together of 25 (okay, it’s 26) of Michigan’s best beaches. There were far too many to include, so I picked 25, but if you have a spot that you believe should be on the list, reach out to me on social media and let me know. One of my favorite spots on this list is Saugatuck, because my uncle lives very close to there off Lake Michigan. Not only does Saugatuck have incredible beaches for as far as the eye can see, but they also have a fun tourist town with little shops that are open during the warm months. A few other very popular spots are Grand Haven and South Haven. Both are on the west side of the state and offer ample public beach space.

By the way, here’s some Lake Michigan trivia for you. Lake Michigan is the third largest Great Lake by surface area. It’s also the sixth largest freshwater lake in the world. The lake has a surface area of 22,404 square miles, and its average depth is 279 feet. The lake’s greatest depth is 923 feet. That sounds deep, but the average depth of the ocean is 12,100 feet.

  • South Haven

    South Haven Michigan Visitors Bureau | West Michigan Tourism | South Haven Visitors Bureau

    From the beautiful beaches along Lake Michigan to the eclectic eateries, award-winning wineries, quaint boutiques and the natural scenic surroundings - there's just something special about this place. South Haven and the surrounding West Michigan area offer much more than typical tourism, but a vacation getaway experience you'll never forget.

  • Silver Lake Sand Dunes

    ThinkDunes - Visitors Bureau & Chamber of Silver Lake, Mears, & Hart MI

    Silver Lake is more than a destination for duners. In fact, it might just be one of the best destinations for days on end, full of family adventure. To... Read More Explore the Visitors Guide

  • P.J. Hoffmaster State Park

    P.J. Hoffmaster State Park

    P.J. Hoffmaster State Park features over three miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, towering Lake Michigan dunes and the Gillette Visitor Center. One of the main attractions at Hoffmaster State Park is the Dune Climb Stairway leading to the top of a high sand dune where an observation deck offers a panoramic view of the dunes and Lake Michigan.

  • Grand Haven

    Home - Grand Haven

    For travel information regarding the Grand Haven Area, explore VisitGrandHaven.com and you'll find the best four-season destination in Michigan.

  • Warren Dunes State Park

    Warren Dunes State Park

    Warren Dunes State Park provides 1,952 acres of recreational opportunities along the beautiful shore of Lake Michigan in southwestern Michigan. The rugged dune formation rises 260 feet above the lake and offers spectacular views and excellent for hang gliding. The park has three miles of shoreline, six miles of hiking trails and is open year-round.

  • Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

    Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (U.S. National Park Service)

    Sandstone cliffs, beaches, sand dunes, waterfalls, inland lakes, deep forest, and wild shoreline beckon you to visit Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The power of Lake Superior shapes the park's coastal features and affects every ecosystem, creating a unique landscape to explore. Hiking, camping, sightseeing, and four-season outdoor opportunities abound.

  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Sleeping Bear Dunes

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  • Silver Lake Sand Dunes

    ThinkDunes - Visitors Bureau & Chamber of Silver Lake, Mears, & Hart MI

    Silver Lake is more than a destination for duners. In fact, it might just be one of the best destinations for days on end, full of family adventure. To... Read More Explore the Visitors Guide

  • St. Joseph

    Visit St. Joseph, Michigan | West Michigan Beachtown | Lake Michigan

    For some visitors, St. Joseph is the destination for a relaxing retreat. For others, it's just the beginning of an exciting road trip. St. Joseph sits at the southern end of the West Michigan Pike trail, a historic byway connecting Michigan's most picturesque beach towns.

  • Copper Harbor

    Copper Harbor, Michigan - Copper Harbor

    Friendly people, affordable prices, fresh air, fine cuisine, unique shops, unparalleled scenery, history frozen in time - there's no place like Copper Harbor, MI. From mountain biking and ORV riding, to fishing and kayaking, to golfing, rockhounding and bird watching - adventure abounds! Copper Harbor's unique mid-western mountainous terrain is an unparalleled riding experience for all levels!

  • Rogers City

    Rogers City

    Take a deep breath in and look around. Rogers City has pristine shorelines, magnificent lighthouses, breathtaking falls, scenic parks, boutique stores and memorable people, it is the perfect place to relax, enjoy nature and experience a less rushed part of the world.

  • Orchard Beach State Park

    Orchard Beach State Park - Manistee County Tourism - Manistee, Michigan

    Orchard Beach State Park is situated on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan. A stairway leads from the campground to the beach and self-guided hiking trails are adjacent to the park. We have 166 full hook-up campsites, one mini cabin, two paved handicap sites and two rest room and shower buildings.

  • Saugatuck

    Visit Saugatuck Michigan - Saugatuck

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  • Tawas Point State Park

    Tawas Point State Park

    Tawas Point State Park, located on the end of a sand spit that forms Tawas Bay along Lake Huron, is home to 183 acres of lakeside recreation and has been referred to as the "Cape Cod of the Midwest."

  • Holland

    Holland

    Holland is best known for its Dutch heritage, evident in many of its attractions and events. Visitors can walk back through time in the Dutch Galleries of the Holland Museum, the renovated splendor of the Cappon House and a recreation of 1890s Netherlands at Nelis' Dutch Village.

  • Torch Lake Beach

    Torch Lake Michigan: Best Places to Stay, Boat Rentals, the Sand Bar & Local Things to Do - grkids.com

    Consequently, Torch Lake Michigan is on many people's bucket list, whether it's to join in at the sand bar or to cruise the lake and enjoy the crystal clear

  • Sand Point Beach

    Sand Point Beach

    Sand Point is located just four miles northeast of Munising. It is situated at the end of Sand Point Road. This gem of a beach is very popular spot for tourists and residents alike. Also, Sand Point is a great place to watch sunsets. Follow H-58 east out of Munising.

  • Manistique Beach

  • Cheboygan State Park Beach

    Cheboygan State Park

    Cheboygan State Park has a system of well-marked trails that provide access to scenic Lake Huron vistas and glimpses of rare wildflowers. Visitors have their choice of lodging, with modern camping, rustic cabins, tepees and a fully-furnished modern lodge. A carry-in boat launch is located on Duncan Bay and fishing is available both on the bay and on Elliot Creek.

  • Oscoda Beach

    Oscoda Beach Park

    Located along several hundred feet of gently sloping sugar sand, the park offers modern playground equipment, basketball court, skateboard park, bathhouses, grills, picnic tables, bandshell and a boardwalk. With many large shade trees, the park is ideal for 'kids' of all ages and is just two blocks from downtown Oscoda.

  • Mackinaw City Beach

    Mackinaw City Information

    Mackinaw City Information source for Mackinaw City hotels, lodging, accommodations and attractions from the Mackinaw City Chamber of Tourism for Mackinaw City, Michigan. We also provide Mackinaw City information on shopping, a calendar of Mackinaw City events, Mackinaw City historic attractions, and transportation to Mackinac Island.

  • Lakeside Beach

    Lakeside Beach and Park

    Lakeside Park...on the clear waters of Lake Huron, boasts 1050 feet of water frontage with clean, sandy beaches. Lots of playground facilities, splash pad, picnic areas and restrooms are available. Beach volleyball is a new sport of interest here and on the weekends you will find lots of boats anchoring off shore to enjoy the swimming and socializing.

  • Caseville Beach

    CASEVILLE and PORT AUSTIN Beach Guide

    Have you heard about the amazing Caseville and Port Austin beaches at the the tip of Michigan's thumb? Mix two parts quintessential coastal resort town and two parts small-town Americana and you'll end with Caseville, MI and Port Austin, two little towns that come to life in early June and stay that way all through the summer.

  • Port Crescent State Park

    Port Crescent State Park

    Just outside of the town of Port Austin on the tip of Michigan's "thumb," lies Port Crescent State Park. With 3 miles of sandy Lake Huron shoreline, this state park is a quiet family-friendly park situated away from the lights and noise of the city.

  • Tiscornia Beach

    Tiscornia Beach

    Tiscornia Park is a family-oriented park located on sixteen acres along the shoreline of Lake Michigan at the northwest corner of the City. Amenities include the North Pier Lighthouse and walkway that is a popular spot for fishing and watching sunsets, restroom facilities, sandy beach and a pavilion that will accommodate about 35 for picnics.

  • Keith J. Charters Traverse City State Park

    Keith J. Charters Traverse City State Park

    A 47-acre state park located on the east arm of the Grand Traverse Bay, just 2 miles from downtown Traverse City. The 75-acre park is home to a modern campground, a fully equipped lodge, mini cabins and a day-use area. The day-use area is located directly across U.S.