Small destinations within themselves, visitors of Hamlin Lake will go on an adventure to find their perfect dune.
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Explore the Natural Beauty of Hamlin Lake
The west coast of Michigan, from New Buffalo up through Empire, is known for its sand dunes. But even Hamlin Lake, just north of Ludington, has sand dunes that people love to visit- by boat or by car! Located on the northwest section of the lake, you can climb the dune (which is within the Ludington State Park) and see Lake Michigan on the other side. Many take their boats or jet skis and anchor them on the beach at the base of the dune. It’s a popular destination for those who want to spend some time on the sand, lying in the sun or enjoying a picnic.
On the southwest side of Hamlin Lake in the State Park you can climb Mt. Baldy. It’s quite a trek, but once you reach the top you’ll experience terrific views of Lake Michigan. Be sure to visit the Ludington State Park, even if you’re not camping. It offers so many fun activities for people of all ages. Take a hike out to Big Sable Point Lighthouse and climb the 112 foot tower. It’s open daily from 10am-5pm; donation is $3. Remember your visit with a souvenir from the gift shop, located in the original Keeper’s Quarters. Hike or bike on the various trails that meander through the park, swim at Hamlin Beach, or take a relaxing tube ride down the Sable River. By the end of the day you’ll be exhausted from all the fresh air and fun- the way it should be. Nothing feels better than being outdoors and taking advantage of all Mother Nature has to offer.
Hamlin Lake- with its resorts, boating, and fishing, is THE place for fun in the Ludington area. And don’t forget to check out the sand dunes that tower over the lake. They’re an adventure in themselves!
Grab a Paddle — or a Motor — to Explore Hamlin
Water is so much a part of our lives and here in the Ludington area, there’s plenty of it! We are blessed to have Lake Michigan, Hamlin Lake, and the Pere Marquette River right outside our doorstep, allowing us to enjoy the great outdoors all year long.
Canoes, Kayaks, Paddleboats, Pontoons
If you enjoy propelling yourself across the water with only arm and leg power, Hamlin Lake is the place for you! It’s an interesting lake to explore with great views. Bring your own watercraft or rent one from Hamlin Lake Concessions within the Ludington State Park (231) 843-1888, Sunset Bluff Resort (231) 845-5002 on Upper Hamlin Lake, or Waterside Resort (231) 843-2090.
Boating & Fishing Beyond Hamlin Lake
Don’t miss the thrill of charter fishing on Lake Michigan. There’s nothing like being out all day on the lake with the wind at your back and the warm sun on your face. You’ll feel a relaxed kind of exhilaration as you pull into port with your catch. Your charter captain will take you out on the big lake for half day or full day. Boats are licensed and equipped with the latest in safety equipment. Click here for local Lake Michigan charter fishing captains.
The Pere Marquette River is known for fantastic trout fishing, as well as canoeing and kayaking. Businesses such as Baldwin Canoe Rental and Pere Marquette Expeditions rent kayaks, canoes, and tubes for those who enjoy exploring this 66 mile long scenic river.
Our wonderful lakes and rivers cool us down and provide hours of entertainment. The Ludington and Hamlin Lake area truly is a water wonderland.
Experience Hamlin Lake
Hamlin Lake is a beautiful 5,000 acre water paradise just north of Ludington in West Michigan! Read the stories below or go to the Hamlin Lake destination page.
Hamlin Lake is home to several parks and numerous dunes for exploration and leisure. Pack a picnic, cast your line, and enjoy the sites.
Take a paddle down the Hamlin Lake Canoe Trail. Venture out on the trip yourself, or join a guided trip lead by Dune Grass Concessions.
Enjoy a picnic by Upper Hamlin Lake. With grills, a pavilion and picnic tables available, this park provides the perfect family setting.
If there's one thing that Hamlin Lake is known for, it's excellent fishing. Catch crappie, bluegill, and more across thousands of acres.
Enjoy this small, relaxing park as an easy place to place your boat in the water or throw a line out to catch some pan fish for dinner.
The Hamlin Lake Beach within the Ludington State Park is fun for the whole family! With a dedicated, weed-free swimming area and more!
Long Skinny Park is located on Lower Hamlin Lake between the South and Middle bayous. Perfect for fishing or taking in the view.
Read about the mighty dam that lives in Hamlin Lake, how it came to be and how it is utilized to help protect this man-made lake.
Read about the history of Hamlin Lake, when it was created, and the major role this lake played in the milling industry in Ludington.
Cast your line into Upper Hamlin Lake or enjoy a picnic, the playground, or watch Hamlin Lake's Independence Fireworks at Wilson Hill Park.
Experience Hamlin Lake
See what Hamlin Lake has to offer!
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More Activities & Attractions in Ludington
No matter your experience level, Ludington area charter captains will guide you in what to bring and what to expect on the big lake.
The S.S. Badger Carferry is a fun and relaxing shortcut across Lake Michigan between Ludington, Michigan and Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
Just blocks from the beach is the heart of downtown Ludington, where you can shop, dine, and enjoy summertime events.
Ludington has miles of beautiful beaches, the Ludington State Park, and all the activities that take place in Mother Nature’s playground.
There are many places for anglers to try their luck, and Ludington has such a great variety of fish. The area also has great charter captains.
If there’s one thing that Hamlin Lake is known for, it’s excellent fishing. Catch crappie, bluegill, and more across thousands of acres.
West Michigan weather – they say if you don’t like the weather in Ludington, wait a few minutes and it will change.
Step back in the past and learn about Ludington’s rich maritime history at the Port of Ludington Maritime Museum.
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.
The Ludington Skate Plaza is a popular spot for kids with skateboards or in-line skates, and also draws spectators to Stearns Park.