Grand Mere State Park
Grand Mere State Park
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MichiganTraveler174
7 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
My friends, this is a beautiful park. If it was my wife and I, we might have enjoyed it more. But you should know not to take young teens or kids who are not used to physical exertion when they are expecting a day at the beach and dunes. I should have read more of these reviews before we went but I think the Michigan website should give more information (especially about the hike to Lake Michigan). We wanted a break from the crowds but this was the wrong choice with our kid. The hike to the beach is long (and today it was hot) and full of bugs and plants that grab you from the side of the path. We did not know there were only two nasty pit outhouses in the park. Just do some research and make sure it's right for you. It IS a beautiful park.
Written September 2, 2023
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Gidgetglam
Detroit, MI158 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
We were looking for some peace and quiet and this place delivered. The path is paved until the dune climb. It's challenging but manageable at that point. The path dropped off into the water because of erosion so getting to the beach further down was a bit of a challenge. We wound up walking for about 2 hours and only saw a handful of people. Great beach for rock hunting. The only downside is there are only outhouses.
Written July 12, 2021
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Lori L
Tampa, FL18 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
I wanted to see a Great Lake before I left Michigan and I heard good reviews. I don't mind hiking to get to Lake Michigan. The dunes were a challenge, but we managed to climb them. The downside is there were outhouses, so I suggest you go before you get there. We opened the doors and the smell could not you over and there were flies and mosquitoes flying out of the toilet and for a woman I was not going to use it, but my sons did a quick run in and out. The trail was full of bugs that were hitting our face and flying in-between my glasses and I wished I had packed my head net. Along the trail there was a log(poop and it looked like it was from a human) disgusting. The lake was beautiful and quiet, but I would not go to this park again. The walk through the dunes is about an hour or so, so bring plenty of water. You need a park pass.
Written July 15, 2023
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Melanie H
South Bend, IN96 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
Our first time out, just looking for the water...the parking area was pretty full and there were 2 paths, not marked that I could see. We picked the path to the left and it was longer then expected, pretty narrow in areas and turned into dunes, quite steep in spots. We are in pretty good shape and only carrying a small bag and had to stop a few times to catch our breath. I felt bad for those hauling coolers and kids!!! The beach area was quite narrow but nice.
Written July 3, 2020
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Melindaleigh81
Fort Myers, FL82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Family
We went twice while visiting and there are two ways to reach the beach. We went each way once. If you like killer hikes, which we do, go through the state park. The paved trail leads to sand dunes, which are pretty big and feel even bigger in the heat. Make sure you have bug spray and do NOT wear flip flops or expect to walk barefoot. I saw a lot of people who made that mistake. Wear good hiking shoes and expect to get sand in them. We literally had piles from our shoes. You will want to take either water shoes or flip flops to wear on the beach because the shore is very rocky. To get to the beach minus the killer hike, do not follow the signs to the Grand Mere State Park. Instead take Grand Mere Rd all the way down until it dead ends, there's a small area to park. On the left is a trail head and across the street is the beach access. It's a short walk with a very small incline. Once you hit the beach walk towards your left to Grand Mere. Avoid the private beaches to the right. Grand Mere is beautiful and quiet. It's not nearly as crowded as other places, but just a FYI, it is a dog beach. There were numerous unleashed dogs while we were there. They were all very well behaved and the beach was very clean, no doggy doo doo anywhere. The shore is extremely rocky which is why you'll want something for your feet, but it also makes it the perfect spot for finding beach glass. We found quite a bit while we were there.
Written August 17, 2015
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Rhinek1222
Bluffton, IN75 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Family
My daughter and grand-daughter and I were just here last weekend. The girls just wanted to hike dunes and see Lake Michigan so we gave it a go. Grand Mere is not well marked . . . . you literally turn off by the wooden sign and drive down a dirt road until you come to a parking lot. We followed the paved trail until we hit sand and dunes. After that it was a lot of hiking and climbing and we really thought we'd never find the water. I couldn't enjoy the view quite as much as I had hoped because I knew I had to repeat the same path to get back to my car. It's a real workout . . . . whether you are in shape or not but just be aware that it probably took us 20-30 minutes to actually get to Lake Michigan.
Written August 8, 2017
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Keno123123
Battle Creek, MI101 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Friends
Decided to stop and check out this state park on a beautiful summer day. We were on our way to another beach but decided to visit Grand Mere. We quickly read the reviews and decided to give it a try. Right off the bat, we should have known this place was trouble when there was no ranger at check in. We made our way to the gravel parking lot, gathered our beach stuff and headed to the trail. We passed at least three overflowing trash cans with trash all over the ground. We walked and walked and walked on a very unmanacured trail. Tree limbs are overgrown, roots are growing into the trail pavement causing huge dips and tripping hazards. Not to mention the swarms of every type of Michigan bug. As we approached the end of the walking trail, we arrived to see in front of us a HUGE dune with an incline and deep sand. We hollered at a man who was near the top of the dune, " Can you see the water?". He responded that the water was quite a ways. We decided that there was no chance we would drag our beach items any further so we turned around and headed back on the dangerous trail to the car. In summary, this was not a beach for us, but if you enjoy garbage, bugs and dangerous trails it is for you.
Written July 31, 2015
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Bill W
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Couples
The park has potential most of it unrealized. To start with most GPS units take you to the wrong entrance. There is a home made sign that tells you GPS is wrong and where the real entrance is. Once you find the true entrance you'll discover very limited gravel parking. To get to the beach is a partially paved path that is over a mile from the water. Handy capped, people with children, over weight or out of shape individuals will never make the journey. There are two large dunes that have to be climbed to get to the beach. A group with a fair amount of creature comforts will find this climb very difficult.

The beach is sharp rocks that will tear up your feet if you don't wear shoes.

Finally there's no facilities on the beach whatsoever, not even an outhouse.

If you are in shape, carrying your things in a backpack this may be a park for you. Otherwise avoid this park.
Written July 28, 2016
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Jan N
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Solo
No signs indicating what is ahead. Trail started out paved with swamps on both sides. Then packed dirt came next, then sludgy mud for at least a mile through woods. Finally you come upon sand when is climbing as you walk. Then a fifty foot dune nearly straight up with no stopping points or shade to recover. Sand extremely hot especially for pups! After climbing up on my hands and knees burning the whole way I thought for sure Lake Michigan was at the top. No! More dunes and hot hot sand. Finally reaching the lake I was disappointed to find a beach only 3 ft wide. For a state park there is no employees anywhere. And no maintenance as well. Extremely disappointed and will never return. Should be signs warning you of what to expect. I’m grateful I didn’t have a heart attack for no one would have found me!!
Written July 29, 2018
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Terry H
Effingham, IL11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
We hike Grand Mere a couple of times each year. It is definitely a challenge. Without signage, you have to simply hike west and eventually you will find the lake. This past week was disappointing because the South lake is still flooded and so the trail is under water. We found a back way to the dunes from another area and made it to the beach.
The DNR should have signs up at the entrance stating the park is flooded.
Written June 30, 2018
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