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Pet Friendly Places in Ludington
Photo by Mark Steigenga
Your Pet is Welcome in the Ludington Area!
We love our pets, and more of us are bringing them along when we travel. With all the wide open space here in the Ludington area, your dog or cat should feel right at home. But where are specific places that welcome your furry friend? Here’s a list to get you started.
Walking Your Pet
Central Bark- Ludington’s only Dog Park, Central Bark, is located within Cartier Park, accessible from north Rath Avenue.
Loomis Street Boat Ramp- At the end of Ludington Avenue, the Loomis Street Boat Ramp has a small beach area where pets are welcome to roam. They are not allowed on Stearns Beach at any time, but can still experience the fun of splashing in Lake Michigan. They can be off leash here also. This area is a short walk from downtown and many local motels.
Cartier Park Walk Path- This beautiful 10 foot wide paved path, located at the corner of Bryant Road and North Rath Avenue, winds around the perimeter of the park and meanders through the woods. A gazebo near Lincoln Lake offers a place to rest and admire the surroundings. Your dog will love the hilly path, and it is plowed in the winter.
Ludington State Park- There are 3,000 acres at the Ludington State Park for your pet to roam, as long as he’s on a 6′ leash (or shorter), cleaned up after, and current with shots. Dogs are not allowed in park buildings or swim beaches, but are welcome in the campgrounds and hiking trails. There is an area called Sargent Sand Lake along Piney Ridge Road that is not an actual beach but it is on State Park property and dogs are allowed in the water there. They can also go into the water at Lost Lake, north of Beechwood Campground, and the sandy shoreline on the south side and to the east of the dam. At no time should your dog be left unattended.
Ludington’s Disc Golf Courses- Mason County Park, near the Ludington Pumped Storage Plant, has three courses: Beauty, Beast, and Goliath. Right off Jebavy Drive is Leviathan, which is actually two courses. All five welcome your dog to romp and play (and maybe catch your disc!). No leash is required, but you must clean up after them.
Ludington Parks & Beaches
Pets are welcome on a leash at these parks, as long as you clean up after them, and keep them from disturbing other people.
- Beach area south of the breakwall at Stearns Beach (Dogs not allowed on main part of Stearns Beach)
- Buttersville Park (also has beach where dogs are allowed off leash)
- Ludington’s Rotary Park
- Summit Park (also has beach where dogs are allowed off leash)
- Memorial Tree Park
- Sutton’s Landing
- Waterfront Park
- Wilson Hill Park on Upper Hamlin Lake
- South Bayou on Hamlin Lake
- Victory Township Park on Upper Hamlin Lake
Pet Friendly Places Near Ludington
- Scottville Riverside Park (dogs may also go in the Pere Marquette River)
- Manistee National Forest (pets are welcome at campgrounds & on trails, but not beaches)
- Pentwater Civic Band Concerts– Pets are welcome Thursdays from 8-9pm during the summer months on the Village Green. They’ll have plenty of company, as many people bring their pets for the fresh air and great music.
These Lodging Facilities Accept Pets:
- Best Western Lakewinds
- By the Lake at Parkview Cottages
- Comfort Inn
- Holiday Inn Express & Suites
- Lakeview Cottages
- Lighthouse Motel
- Nader’s Motel & Suites
- Rodeway Inn
- Vacation Station RV Park
Around Ludington’s Hamlin Lake
These Businesses in Ludington Also Welcome Your Pet
Other Pet-Friendly Places
Historic White Pine Village– This local attraction is dedicated to preserving Mason County’s rich history, and they welcome well-behaved dogs on a leash, and of course, cleaned up after. Families and their pets will enjoy the quiet surroundings, and you can all pick up a snack at the Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor!
Lake Michigan Carferry, S.S. Badger– Allows pets on board, but animals in cargo area or in the owner’s vehicle must remain in a crate.
Local Support for Pets and Pet Owners
Mason County is lucky to have numerous organizations that are dedicated to finding homes for stray animals, caring for animals, and supporting pet owners. Learn more here.
More Activities & Attractions in Ludington...
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.
A children’s flotilla that’s a miniature replica of the historic S.S. Badger carferry. Children get to ride in one of many “cars”.
Children can create, explore, and discover by playing with the numerous variety of exhibits of Sandcastles Children’s Museum.
In addition to thousands of book titles, the Mason County District Library’s Ludington and Scottville branches provide many free programs.
The fun doesn’t end when the sun goes down here in Ludington! Nightlife here includes festivals, cozy restaurants, and local performances.
The three accessible walkways installed at Stearns Park Beach in Ludington allow everyone to make their way to the water and sand.
Visit the new Value of Sports Museum located at Historic White Pine Village just a short drive from Ludington.
The bronzed sculptures in Ludington’s 5-acre Waterfront Park sets it apart from other parks. The park is situated on the Lake Michigan inlet.
The Ludington Skate Plaza is a popular spot for kids with skateboards or in-line skates, and also draws spectators to Stearns Park.