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Ludington State Park Offers Great Winter Activities

There’s a winter wonderland awaiting you once the snow covers the ground at the Ludington State Park. Dressed in winter white, the scenic natural beauty at the park becomes even more pristine and peaceful. The park remains open year-round for hiking and snowshoeing, plus there are scheduled activities and events to give those who love winter something fun to look forward to!

A Michigan State Park Recreation Passport is required to enter the park and may be purchased at the park. Residents may also now purchase the $12 Recreation Passport when they renew their Michigan license plate at the Secretary of State office or through the Michigan e-store at

Free Guided Snowshoe Walks/Hikes

The guided snowshoe walks schedule for 2022 is as follows:

  • 10am-12pm Early Bird Hikes: Saturday, December 4th & 11th
  • 1-2:30pm on Saturdays from January 8th-February 19th
  • 6-7:30pm on January 15th & 29th, and February 12th

These guided programs will take you past some of the most beautiful State Park scenery, through woods and snow-covered sand dunes. All walks begin and end at the Warming Shelter, located next to the parking lot at the park’s entrance. The park loans out 60 pairs of snowshoes that fit ages 8 and up on a first-come, first-served basis, and all walks are free. 

Lantern Lit Snowshoeing

  • 6-8pm: Lantern lit snowshoeing on Saturdays, January 8th & 22nd, and February 5th & 19th. 

The Friends of the Ludington State Park, park staff, and park interpreter Alan Wernette work together to groom a trail for walking, cross-country skiing, or snowshoeing. The walk begins at the Warming Shelter and has approximately 1 mile of lighted trails. 

There are bonfires at both the Warming Shelter and the Amphitheater, along with free warm beverages at the Amphitheater.

Snowshoe Making Classes

Instructors will guide you through the steps to making top-of-the-line traditional wooden snowshoes that will get you through the deep snowfalls, and will last for generations. For more information on snowshoe walks or snowshoe making classes, visit our Ludington State Park Events page!

No reservations are needed for winter events at the Ludington State Park and all are free!

Ludington State Park Contact Info:

Camping Reservations (Michigan DNR) or Ludington State Park Michigan DNR reservations- (800) 447-2757 
Ludington State Park Local Office- (231) 843-2423
Concessions & Watercraft Rental- (231) 843-1888
Snowshoe Class Reservations/Special Programs- (231) 843-9261

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