Ludington has many beautiful beaches and parks to explore. Enjoy a day on the shores of Lake Michigan or take in the scenery at a local park.
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Enjoy Buttersville Park, Campground, & Beach that Sit on the Bluff Overlooking Lake Michigan
Located between Lake Michigan and Pere Marquette Lake, Buttersville Park & Campground has perhaps the greatest view of all the parks. As you enter the shaded park off South Lakeshore Drive, you’ll find a picnic area with grills, playground, restrooms, and a pavilion. Don’t be surprised to see numerous deer in Buttersville- they seem to feel quite at home here and are comfortable with visitors.
The Buttersville Campground is open from May 15th-October 15th each year and boasts beautiful Lake Michigan Beach frontage. It also has a day park, picnic facilities, and is dog-friendly. Visit pmtwp.org/residents/recreational_parks.php to make reservations.
Further into the park, a wooden seating area offers a breathtaking view of the Lake Michigan shoreline, including the North Breakwater Lighthouse in the distance. Climb the steps down to the expansive beach, perfect for swimming and sunning. It’s a romantic spot to view the sunset, with more privacy guaranteed during the spring and autumn months.
The beach is open for celebrations with no fee or permits required. One requirement is that no tents are allowed but setting up chairs is acceptable.
Next door to the campground is Buttersville Beach, where pets are welcome to romp in the water.
Related Camping Businesses....
Count on Poncho's Pond for LP gas refills at a great low price! They will fill your LP tank or motor home while you wait. Poncho's has 276 sites, three swimming pools(one indoor), free Wi-Fi and planned activities. Located on Pere Marquette Highway one block south of US-10.
Point North RV is your trusted organization for all Camper & Golf Cart needs. Offering a fully-stocked Parts & Supplies Store, Mobile & On-Site Services, Collision, & Rental Services, our tight-knit team of experienced Master-Certified Technicians, Sales, and Service representatives are ready to serve. Our care for you goes beyond the sale! Happy Camping!
From Ludington, take Old 31 Highway across the PM River, and turn right on Iris Road. Follow Iris to the “T” in the road, and turn right onto S. Lakeshore Drive. Located a short distance past Historic White Pine Village on your left.
More Beaches & Parks in Ludington...
Hamlin Lake is home to several parks and numerous dunes for exploration and leisure. Pack a picnic, cast your line, and enjoy the sites.
Copeyon Park’s splash pad provides a great spot in the summer! Great fishing and water-filled fun await!
The Hamlin Lake Beach within the Ludington State Park is fun for the whole family! With a dedicated, weed-free swimming area and more!
In 2021, the Pere Marquette Charter Township unveiled the new Pere Marquette Conservation Park, located on 300 acres of former Dow property.
Take your furry friend on their own vacation at Ludington’s very own dog park! Play catch, frolic about, and make new friends!
Admire Lake Michigan from the peak of a bluff — what a view! Bring your pet as well, as this beach is dog friendly!
Just as the name suggests, Memorial Tree Park is nestled inside the trees and is a cozy park for relaxation and play.
Take a walk through the woods at Cartier Park, featuring paved trails. This park is also home to “Central Bark,” Ludington’s only dog park.
Waterfront Park features a fantastic view of the S.S. Badger and sits right along two marinas of Lake Michigan.