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.
Photo by Todd & Brad Reed Photography
The Picture Perfect Park
Nestled between two marinas with a view of the carferry dock is Waterfront Park. Since its unveiling in 1999, the park has been a focal point in Ludington, and a favorite backdrop for that perfect photo.
Families love to spend time together at Waterfront Park. The expansive playground keeps kids entertained, while parents relax on a comfortable bench and watch the S.S. Badger carferry sail into port. Or enjoy a picnic at one of the tables in the park, with the breeze off Pere Marquette Lake cooling you on a hot day. Take a walk on the scenic pathways and learn a bit of history from the nine bronzed sculptures placed throughout the five-acre park. Night lighting, restrooms, and an amphitheater for summer concerts are added features that bring people of all ages to Waterfront Park. Annual events that take place every summer at this gorgeous venue include LudRock and the Rhythm & Dunes Concert Series sponsored by West Shore Bank.
Condominiums on the east and south sides of the park bring a new type of living to the waterfront. These units vary in style, but all give you spectacular views of the park, harbor, and downtown region. Many shops and restaurants are within walking distance, which is why more people are choosing the “condo” way of life.
When you need life to slow down a bit, come on down to Waterfront Park and take a long, deep breath. Here you’ll discover the true magnificence of beautiful, lakeside living.
From downtown Ludington, go past all three stoplights, and two streets down, turn left on William Street. Follow two blocks down and straight into Waterfront Park.
More Beaches & Parks in Ludington...
Admire Lake Michigan from the peak of a bluff — what a view! Bring your pet as well, as this beach is dog friendly!
In 2021, the Pere Marquette Charter Township unveiled the new Pere Marquette Conservation Park, located on 300 acres of former Dow property.
Enjoy a picnic by Upper Hamlin Lake. With grills, a pavilion and picnic tables available, this park provides the perfect family setting.
Surrounded by local shops and restaurants, this $2.1 million renovation features outdoor seating, a stage, gas fireplace and more!
Hamlin Lake is home to several parks and numerous dunes for exploration and leisure. Pack a picnic, cast your line, and enjoy the sites.
Cast your line into Upper Hamlin Lake or enjoy a picnic, the playground, or watch Hamlin Lake’s Independence Fireworks at Wilson Hill Park.
Take a walk along the riverside at Suttons Landing. With wheelchair accessibility, everyone can take in the beautiful riverwalk.
The Hamlin Lake Beach within the Ludington State Park is fun for the whole family! With a dedicated, weed-free swimming area and more!
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.