Ludington Area
Beaches & Parks

For your next summer picnic, party, or wedding...you can't go wrong when you choose one of the beautiful parks or beaches in the Ludington area. Most have picnic tables, grills, playgrounds, and restroom facilities. Some have sports fields, and others have spectacular views and beach access.

The Ludington area is blessed to have so many parks, each offering something different. Larger parks are great for reunions or any kind of get-together. Other parks are tucked away--giving you some peace and quiet from the hectic world. They're all clean, safe, and easy to find.

Enjoy the great outdoors and take advantage of these wonderful Ludington area parks.

Be sure to read our Beaches and Sand Dunes story for more information.

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Buttersville Park
S. Lakeshore Dr., c/o PM Township, Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 845-1277
Located between Lake Michigan and Pere Marquette Lake, Buttersville certainly has the view! The park offers a picnic area, grills, playground, restrooms, a shelter/pavilion and a wooden stairway leads down to the expansive beach.
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Cartier Park Campground
1254 N. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 845-1522
Located just minutes from the carferry, city beach, Ludington State Park and many activities. Featuring Lincoln Lake boating access, paved walking/bike path, playground, and showers. Water, electric and sewer hook ups. Pets welcome. Rent by day, week, or month. Open May 1-Oct. 15.
Copeyon Park
S. Washington Ave., Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 845-6237
Named for Peter Copeyon, longtime Ludington city commissioner, Copeyon Park gives you another vantage point of the Port of Ludington. It's situated on the east side of Pere Marquette Lake, and offers a playground, launching site, and great fishing. The picnic table area features windscreens toward the lake, offering wind protection.
Ludington State Park
8800 W. M-116, Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 843-2423
New! The outdoor amphitheater at the state park may be rented for open air weddings in a wooded setting, offering reserved parking and exclusive use of the amphitheater facility. The area leading to the Ludington State Park along M-116 has public beaches, but you may need a permit from the State Park to hold your wedding there. The Lake Michigan Beach House in the State Park is not available for rent. The picnic shelter located by the Hamlin Beach House is available by reservation for a fee, or by first-come, first-served basis. For additional details, call their office.
Memorial Tree Park
N. Washington Ave., c/o City of Ludington, Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 843-8477
At the corner of N. Washington and Sherman, you'll find the very pretty Memorial Tree Park. Nestled among the trees, you can enjoy a meal or snack at one of the picnic tables (some covered), and kids can play on the swings. Memorial Tree Park also has a sports field, open to anyone who wants to play a fun game of baseball or softball.
Rotary Park
Between Lewis & Gaylord, downtown Ludington, Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 845-6237
Three blocks west of the downtown area is Ludington's City Park. Many trees keep this park shady and comfortable in the warm summer months. This is where the Kiwanis Band Shell is located, along with public restrooms in the back. Enjoy your lunch or dinner here at one of the numerous picnic tables, or just sit on the bench and watch the world pass by. Walkways dissect the park in a wagon-wheel formation. City Park is the summer location for two Art & Craft fairs, as well as Movies in the Park in August.
Stearns Park
N. Lakeshore Dr., c/o City of Ludington, Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 845-6237
Probably the most well known park in Ludington, located at the beach at the end of Ludington Avenue. In addition to its great location and view of the North Breakwater Lighthouse, Stearns has a large, shaded picnic area on grass, grills, play equipment, restrooms, and of course, great swimming.
Summit Park
S. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 845-6304
Summit Park features a picnic area, play equipment, restrooms, tennis courts, sports field area, and shelter/pavilion. It has stunning views of Lake Michigan, with beach access.
Suttons Landing Park
Iris Rd. off Pere Marquette Hwy., Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 845-1277
Just off Old Pere Marquette Highway, Suttons Landing is a charming park along the Pere Marquette River. It is ADA accessible, with a wooden ramp that leads down to the river. There's a large covererd area with picnic tables and restrooms. A good place for a party or reception.
Victory Township Park
Upper Hamlin Lake, c/o Hamlin Township, Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 845-7801
Here you'll find picnic tables, grills, and a pavilion. A nice feature of this park is the fact it is right on the water, so you can sit by the lake's edge and soak in the beautiful scenery.
Waterfront Park
S. William St., c/o City of Ludington, Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 843-8477
This is Ludington's pride and joy. Located between our two downtown marinas, it's a beautifully landscaped area complete with a large playground, restrooms, scenic walkways, tables, and a great view of the carferry dock. Waterfront Park is also the home to seven sculptures, depicting the history and spirit of Ludington. The gazebo inside the park may be rented to residents for $50; $125 for non-residents.
Wilson Hill Park
Upper Hamlin Lake, c/o Hamlin Township, Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 845-7801
North of Ludington on Upper Hamlin Lake, Wilson Hill Park has wonderful waterfront views, a picnic area, play equipment and a sports field area.