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The Ludington State Park will be closed 9/3/24-7/1/25 for renovations. Check out more options for Ludington area camping and activites below.

Ludington State Park

Ludington has so much to offer its residents and visitors, but our most popular draw is the 5,300 acres that lie just north of town, known as the Ludington State Park. This wonderful area of land is not just for camping–it’s a haven for hikers, fishermen, bikers, or anyone who loves what nature has to offer. Here you’ll discover sand dunes with spectacular views, hardwood forests, marshlands, and nearly seven miles of Lake Michigan shoreline. 

A view out of one of the side windows of Big Sable Lighthouse at the Ludington State Park. | Craig Sterken Photography


Enjoy a hike on one of the eight marked trails that cover 18 miles, and take note of the variety of trail markers and information kiosks along the way.


Families appreciate the park’s Hamlin Lake Beach for its calm waters, sandy shore, playground, picnic shelter, restrooms, and concessions. Or head over to the Lake Michigan side where you’ll find the Beach House.

Big Sable Lighthouse

Within the Ludington State Park, you will find the Big Sable Point Lighthouse – a favorite hiking destination for visitors. The black-and-white striped, 112 foot lighthouse at the Ludington State Park stands proudly on the shores of Lake Michigan. 


The Ludington State Park is a fisherman’s paradise, where anglers will discover an abundance of Hamlin Lake walleye, bass, northern pike, perch, and bluegill. 

Summer Performances

After a busy day enjoying all the park’s activities, head over to the Amphitheater on select nights at 7pm and take in a fun and enjoyable performance. Most are folk music, but some feature animals and even a magic show.

Winter Activities

When winter blankets the landscape with a pristine white hush, snow lovers can cross country ski on eight miles of trails- three of which are groomed.

Camping at the Ludington State Park

While the Ludington State Park boasts so much in the way of things to do, it is most associated with camping, and the four campgrounds within the park generally fill up by the beginning of spring for the following summer.

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Upcoming Park Closure

The Michigan DNR has announced that the Ludington State Park will be closed from September 3rd, 2024 through July 1st, 2025 for renovations. Improvements include parking lot repaving and expansion, plus upgrades to warming shelters and traffic areas.

If this temporary closure interrupts your getaway plans, please look for alternative suggestions in the article.