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.
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Visit Summit Park on Lake Michigan
If you’re looking for a great view, visit Summit Park! Located on South Lakeshore Drive between Ludington and Pentwater, and past the Ludington Pumped Storage Plant, this park has picnic tables that overlook Lake Michigan, with grills available. It’s a great place to spend a quiet afternoon and feel the breeze on your face.
In 2013, volunteers got together and installed brand new playground equipment at Summit Park. Included are a pirate ship play station, new swings and a thick layer of wood chips for protection.
Follow the sandy path down to the beach and enjoy swimming or sunning on a hot summer day. Because it’s a little off the beaten path, you may find less crowds, affording you more privacy.
As with many other parks, there is a shelter/pavilion and restrooms. Summit Park also has a sports field for baseball or softball.
Summit Park Special Occasion Rentals
The beach, itself, is open for celebrations with no fee or permits necessary. One requirement is that no tents are allowed but setting up chairs is acceptable. The Summit Park pavilion has 40 folding chairs, six long tables, picnic tables, stove, microwave, and refrigerator available for use. The pavilion can hold up to 75 people and can be rented for a small fee.
Summit Park is located at:
5581 South Lakeshore Dr, Ludington, MI 49431
Directions: From Ludington, take Old 31 Highway across the Pere Marquette River, and turn right on Iris Road. Follow Iris to the “T” in the road, and turn left onto South Lakeshore Drive. Drive past the Pumped Storage Plant, and shortly after Meisenheimer Road, Summit Park will be on your right.
More Beaches & Parks in Ludington...
Take a walk through the woods at Cartier Park, featuring paved trails. This park is also home to “Central Bark,” Ludington’s only dog park.
One of the most popular state parks in the Midwest offers a vacation within itself. Enjoy beautiful natural resources and endless activities.
The Hamlin Lake Beach within the Ludington State Park is fun for the whole family! With a dedicated, weed-free swimming area and more!
Admire Lake Michigan from the peak of a bluff — what a view! Bring your pet as well, as this beach is dog friendly!
Take a walk along the riverside at Suttons Landing. With wheelchair accessibility, everyone can take in the beautiful riverwalk.
View Lake Michigan from the top of the sandy hill at Summit Park while the kids play on the pirate-ship themed playground.
Hamlin Lake is home to several parks and numerous dunes for exploration and leisure. Pack a picnic, cast your line, and enjoy the sites.
Play on one of Mason County’s disc golf courses and explore the trails by hiking, biking, and snowshoeing!
Rotary Park park features several trees and a large, open space. Formerly City Park, the rotary club is behind many of the improvements.