Friends of Ludington State Park is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting wise use and conservation of the Ludington State Park.
Dune Grass Concessions in the Ludington State Park
Are you overnight camping at the Ludington State Park? Or are you simply visiting the park for a day trip? Dune Grass Concessions is ready to serve you with food, ice cream, fun rentals, convenience items, and souvenirs!
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Beautiful dune grass, as seen in this photo and throughout the Ludington State Park, was the inspiration for the Dune Grass Concessions business name. Photo by: Todd & Brad Reed Photography
Visit Three Dune Grass Concessions in the State Park
Lake Michigan Beach House
Open 11am-9pm (weather permitting) Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
The Lake Michigan Beach House is located at the west end of the Ludington State Park on the shore of Lake Michigan. It’s a great place to have your morning coffee while overlooking the lake, or enjoy a hand dipped ice cream from our concessions while experiencing brilliant sunsets each night.
This historic structure has concessions in its lower level. Tasty choices include pizza, hamburgers, chicken strips, hot dogs, subs, snacks, beverages, and hand-dipped ice cream.
You may also purchase beach toys, sun block, clothing, and souvenirs.
Cedar Camp Store
Open 9am-9pm every day during May through October. Hours are weather permitting, and may change slightly during the slower months.
The Cedar Camp Store is located at the entrance of the Cedar Campground Loop, and has all the provisions required for a great camping experience. Wood, ice, groceries, toys, apparel and souvenirs are all available at the Cedar Camp Store, along with a variety of bait, bug spray, sun screen, hats, candy, and more!
Bike rentals by the hour or day are available at the Cedar Camp store location. Watercraft rentals are available at the Hamlin Lake Concession building Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, however you may rent watercraft at the Cedar Camp Store when the Hamlin Lake concession is not open.
Hamlin Lake Concessions
Open 10am-7pm (weather permitting) every day during late May through early September, and also during weekends through October.
The Hamlin Lake Beach Concession is located at the east end of the park, near the Hamlin Lake boat launch. This location is a great alternative to the Lake Michigan beach when temps are a bit cool or on breezy days. Hamlin Lake is warmer and protected from those west winds. The food and beverage options at Hamlin are similar to those offered at the Lake Michigan Beach House.
Dune Grass Concessions sells beverages, hot dogs, pizza, subs, snacks, novelty ice cream, chips, and more.
Watercraft rentals are available at this Hamlin Beach location, featuring solo kayaks, tandem kayaks, canoes, Stand Up Paddleboards (SUP’s), and row boats.
Watercraft & Bicycle Rentals
Dune Grass has a wide variety of watercraft rentals at the Hamlin Lake Concessions building. All rentals include paddles and PFD’s. A variety of tubes are available for purchase at Hamlin Lake Concessions, the Cedar Camp Store, and the Lake Michigan Beach House. You can have great fun exploring the state park when you rent a bicycle that’s just your size, from the Cedar Camp Store, by the hour or day.
A driver’s license is required with rentals, and is held as a security deposit until the equipment is returned. If a driver’s license is not available, $20 cash can be used for a security deposit.
Duneside Concessions accepts Mastercard, Visa, Discover, or cash. (No checks.)
Every person is required to have a personal flotation device (PFD) in their watercraft. Children under the age of 10 must wear their PFD at all times, as this is a State Law. (PFD’s are included in your rental.)
Rental hours are 10am-7pm daily, weather permitting. Earlier rentals are available through the Cedar Camp Store. All watercraft must be returned to rental facility one hour before dusk.
Watercraft Trip Suggestions
It takes approximately two hours to paddle through Lost Lake where you are protected from the wind and have the opportunity to see many inlets and islands, and an abundance of wildlife such as ducks, geese, deer and eagles.
The State Park’s canoe trail takes approximately three hours to paddle. It is a marked trail and is approximately four miles long. The trail hugs the south shoreline of Hamlin Lake and into bays and marshes along the lake. There are three shore potages on this trip.
The marshes are excellent wildlife habitat and wildflowers are abundant at various times of the year. The trail is exposed to the wind when you are on Hamlin Lake, so be aware of the conditions prior to launching.
More About the Ludington State Park
One of the most popular state parks in the Midwest! Ludington State Park has four campgrounds, hundreds of sites for your camping pleasure.
The Ludington State Park offers winter activities. With snowshoeing tours, cross country skiing, and natural beauty, it’s a winter paradise!
The aerial view of Big Sable Point features Hamlin Lake, Ludington State Park, and Big Sable Point Lighthouse on Lake Michigan.
The Ludington State Park holds events year-round. There’s something for the whole family to enjoy at Michigan’s most popular state park!
The Ludington State Park trails are as varied as they are beautiful. Hike or bike 18 miles of eight marked trails with information kiosks.
One of the most popular state parks in the Midwest offers a vacation within itself. Enjoy beautiful natural resources and endless activities.
The beautiful Lake Michigan Beach House in the Ludington State Park is a two-story shelter with visitor exhibits, lounging, and concessions.
Dune Grass Concessions offers watercraft & bike rentals, concession food, ice cream, convenience items, State Park & Hamlin Lake souvenirs!
Water fun in the Ludington State Park! Float down the Big Sable River, paddle Hamlin Lake water trails, launch a pleasure boat, or swim!