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Favorite Lake Michigan Beaches
Jul 1, 2016

From The Image Shoppe: Our Favorite Lake Michigan Beaches

If you haven't noticed yet, we love Lake Michigan (and the beach in general) over here at TIS. We also love this gorgeous weather we've been having lately—and will continue to have over Fourth of July weekend! You really can't argue that it doesn't get any better than having 80-degree weather over a three-day weekend. And what better way to spend it than on the water?

If you're in the market for more beaches to explore over the holiday weekend, look no further. Here're the top picks from the TIS crew...

Aaron: Grand Haven State Park and Holland State Park

I prefer the more populated beach destinations with modern amenities and lots of beach activities, like Grand Haven State Park and Holland State Park. Grand Haven is a good choice if you want to walk a pier and hit downtown. I always make a pit stop at Butch's Beach Burritos or Arturo's Tacos. If you're in the mood for a frosty beverage, I recommend chilling on the decks at Snug Harbor or The Kirby.

I like spending weekends at Holland State Park because you're least likely to wait in line to get in. And nothing's better than a post-beach ride along Lakeshore Drive toward Grand Haven!

Emily: Olive Shores Park

Olive Shores is a beautiful, less-crowded beach that I go to a lot with friends! They also have some trails and other amenities, so it feels kind of secluded but not totally remote or rustic. I definitely recommend Olive Shores Park for groups of friends and couples!

Karen: Sturgeon Dunes State Park at Wilderness State Park and Ludington State Park

While I’ll likely not get here very often, my new favorite beach is Sturgeon Bay Dunes at Wilderness State Park. The views are incredibly picturesque and the water colors make you feel like you’ve been transported to the Caribbean at this gem on the big lake. Thankfully I got the opportunity to experience this slice of Pure Michigan beauty on our jaunt up North! I can’t wait to return.

Also a fave, Ludington State Park offers what feels like miles of lakeshore and gorgeous beaches as well as sprawling dunes to climb and run down. One of the really nice features of this park is that you can choose to set up camp with the family in the populated area or find a private spot to nestle with your cooler and best guy or gal for a quiet afternoon.

Lissa: Kruse Park and Laketown Beach

If you want to bring your pups along for your beach day, Kruse Park in Muskegon is an awesome dog beach with one mile of shoreline along Lake Michigan. There're also some hiking stairs along the dunes for exploring. Another one of my favorites is Laketown Beach in Holland, a less crowded destination with a long dune staircase with incredible views.

Mark: Magoon Creek and National Forest's Lake Michigan Recreation Area

I'm biased to the Manistee area, where both Magoon Creek and National Forest's Lake Michigan Recreation Area are located. Magoon Creek is a sizeable beach that's family-friendly with a narrow creek that kids love to splash in. National Forest's Lake Michigan Recreation Area offers plenty of campsites and amenities like picnic areas, a playground, overlook, and even an amphitheater—not to mention lots of trails and Lake Michigan beach access!

Natalie: Saugatuck Dunes State Park

Saugatuck Dunes State Park is special to me because I share so many memories with my friends here. It's quite a hike to the actual beach, but always worth the experience. There are hundreds of dunes to climb and explore, lots of public and private spaces to hunker down and has some of the best views this side of the Mitten. I love that place.

Rob: Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area

If you're into hiking, beach camping and being in a real rustic and beautiful area, Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area has it all. There are miles of trails and shoreline to explore and tons of sandy spots to set up camp, build a fire and relax on Lake Michigan—one of my favorite activities to do ever.

Sean: Pere Marquette Beach

I don't go to the beach too often, but I've always been partial to Pere Marquette Beach in Muskegon. It's just as nice as Grand Haven with incredibly clean sand and not nearly as crowded. The beach is huge, an awesome place to watch storms roll in, and has amenities close by.

Troy: Tunnel Park

I have to go with Tunnel Park in Holland for my favorite Lake Michigan beach. We spend a lot of time here as a family; the kids love the playground, the tunnel is neat, and it's not a long haul from the parking lot to the actual beach area. We've made some awesome memories at Tunnel Park! 

We want to hear from you!

With over 1,000 beaches along Lake Michigan, there're plenty more we've yet to discover—and we're hoping you can help with that! In addition to this post, we have over 30 features in our Lake Michigan Beach Guide, but we want to add your favorites! 

What's your favorite Lake Michigan beach?

Share with us your favorite Lake Michigan beach in the Comments section below and we'll feature it in a new addition of our Lake Michigan Beach Guide, on our blog, and on social media! Once you comment with your favorite beach, we'll send you a Facebook message to confirm your submission and talk further details. We can't wait to hear about your favorites—and visit 'em, too!

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