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Welcome to Ludington — the land of beautiful beaches on the coast of Lake Michigan, with plenty of outdoor adventures and lots of fun!

People of all ages enjoy Stearns Park Beach on a sunny, summer day. | Todd & Brad Reed Photography

The Best Beaches!

There are so many Ludington beaches to discover! You’ll find miles of clean, sandy beaches along Lake Michigan and Hamlin Lake, just minutes from wherever you are in the area.

Stearns Park is the most popular beach, with FREE parking, concessions, playground, Skate Park, mini golf, and shuffleboard.

Whether you enjoy swimming, skiing, tubing, boating, or fishing– Ludington’s beaches and lakes provide hours of relaxing enjoyment and exhilarating adventure.

S.S. Badger Carferry

Ludington is the home port of the largest carferry to sail the Great Lakes. The S.S. Badger carferry makes its voyage from Ludington to Manitowoc, Wisconsin mid-May to mid-October.

This 410′ ship carries up to 620 passengers and 180 vehicles. Onboard you can play Badger Bingo, watch a movie, shop, or enjoy a meal in one of their two restaurants. Kid’s activities include a video arcade, coloring contests, and playroom. The best part of the journey is sitting on deck and enjoying the view–including spectacular sunsets. The S.S. Badger is on the National Register of Historic Places. Read about the best places to watch the carferry sail and helpful hints when arriving by the carferry.

The S.S. Badger carferry makes it's way back into port in Lake Michigan. | Todd & Brad Reed Photography
Big Sable Point Lighthouse overlooks Lake Michigan as the sun sets. | Todd & Brad Reed Photography

Two Lighthouses!

That’s right! Two Ludington lighthouses to discover! These beautiful and historic structures are an integral part of our community.

The North Breakwater Light is in downtown Ludington at the end of Ludington Avenue and the Big Sable Point Lighthouse is within the Ludington State Park just north of town.

In addition to the two lighthouses in Ludington, if you venture 30 miles north or south you’ll find Manistee’s North Pierhead Lighthouse and Little Sable Point Lighthouse in the Silver Lake State Park. Most lighthouses are open for tours in the summertime, offering a glimpse into Great Lakes maritime history.

Ludington State Park

Midwest Living Magazine voted the Ludington State Park the #1 state park in the Midwest, with seven miles of Lake Michigan shoreline.

Enjoy camping, boating, fishing, swimming or hike on one of eight marked trails that wind through the park and bring you face to face with nature’s beauty.

Two highlights of the Ludington State Park are the Hamlin Lake Dam and the Big Sable Point Lighthouse. While you’re at the Lake Michigan Beach be sure to visit the Beach House for concessions and a great view or head over to Hamlin Beach and rent a canoe, kayak, paddleboard, or paddle boat for hours of fun.

Ludington State Park
Big Sable Point Lighthouse glows in the sunshine inside the Ludington State Park. | Todd & Brad Reed Photography

Current Events

There's always a festival or fun event to attend in the Ludington area. Check out what's happening now!

A fisherman holds up a large salmon. | Todd & Brad Reed Photography

Fantastic Fishing!

Anglers from all over know that Ludington is the #1 salmon port on Lake Michigan.

Numerous Ludington charter captains have years of experience on the big lake and are eager to take you on a fishing excursion.

Check out our current and archived Fishing Reports for Lake Michigan charter fishing. Ludington area inland lakes are wonderful for fishing as well. Hamlin Lake is full of northern pike, bass, perch, and bluegill- or ice fish in the winter for panfish and walleye.

There’s also great fishing in nearby Pere Marquette Lake and the Pere Marquette River.

Activities & Attractions

From vacations to staycations — Ludington has all you want in a fun adventure. Discover our top attractions and activities...

Ludington Business Directory

Small businesses are at the heart of the Ludington area. Select a business category to find the experience, product, or service to make your visit complete.

Weddings & Celebrations

Plan Your Celebration in Beautiful Ludington

The Ludington lakeshore is the perfect setting for your wedding celebration or any other special occasion. We can help you prepare for the big day by connecting you with the best service providers around.

Whether your hometown is here in Ludington, or you’re looking to host a destination event at one of the beautiful venues here, you’ve arrived at the best site to begin preparing for your big day!

Check out our local businesses that specialize in everything you need for your wedding or party!

A bride & groom hold hands on the beach. | Focus Photography Mauritius