37 Ludington State Park
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directions and facility information
Ludington State Park is like an island,
nestled between Lake Michigan
and Hamlin Lake. Click for larger
image. Photo: MI DNR
Ludington State Park is practically an island, as
it sits nestled between Lake Michigan and Hamlin Lake,
lower Michiganís largest artificial impoundment.
Photo: MI DNR
The park boasts over 6 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline.
Here you will find lofty sand dunes, virgin stands
of evergreen and hardwood trees, soft, sandy beaches,
and an extensive network of hiking, skiing, biking,
and canoe trails.
Ludington has 373 campsites that are heavily
used from May through mid-October. The park's education and interpretive programming is very popular and offers
slide and video presentations,
and live programs that can give you a better appreciation
of the wildlife, geology, and history of this unique
This site offers wonderful wildlife viewing opportunities
from its extensive trail system. There are more than
18 miles of hiking trails, with an additional 12 miles
of cross-country ski trails. Walk the Skyline Trail
for some spectacular views of high dune ridges and
Lake Michigan. Hike the Lighthouse Trail to Big Sable
Point Lighthouse to sample a bit of Michiganís maritime
Perhaps the most unique trail here is the canoe trail.
Brochures at the visitor center show you how to make
a unique passage along the bayous and inlets of Hamlin
Lakeís shoreline. Slip silently down this trail early
in the morning for a high probability of viewing herons,
egrets, waterfowl, deer, and other animals along the
waterís edge. The Sable River, which flows from Hamlin
Lake to Lake Michigan, has some open water year-round.
This makes it very attractive to waterfowl from November
Portions of this area are open to public
hunting. Contact the park headquarters for
seasons and locations.