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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.

Waterside Resort & Boat Rentals

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!

An orange sunset reflects off an inland body of water in the shape of a bird. | Todd & Brad Reed Photography

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.

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Weather & Water Conditions

West Michigan weather – they say if you don’t like the weather in Ludington, wait a few minutes and it will change.

Pet Friendly Places

Your pet should feel right at home in Ludington. There are many businesses that allow pets and parks and beaches for them to play on.

Mason County Cultural Trails

Mason County is home to several trails that tell stories with fascinating histories. Explore these self-guided tours to learn about each one!

Festivals & Events

There are activities going on in the Ludington area to keep everyone happy all year long. Longstanding events make Ludington special.

Long Skinny Park

Long Skinny Park

Long Skinny Park is located on Lower Hamlin Lake between the South and Middle bayous. Perfect for fishing or taking in the view.

Activities & Attractions

There are so many things to see and do in Ludington! Don’t miss a single activity during your visit by exploring!

South Bayou Park

South Bayou Park

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.

Ludington Salmon Fishing

Ludington’s natural resources, charter captains, and outfitters provide great salmon fishing on Lake Michigan and the Pere Marquette River.