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#3 of 10 campgrounds in Ludington
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Sally b wrote a review Jun 2023
Florida131 contributions69 helpful votes
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Excellent State park for family, dogs, and outdoor activities! We stayed at ponchos pond with a 35’ A-class motorhome & towing a car, but we got a day pass for some hiking & dog beach. There’s 3 campgrounds. Beachwood was under construction (adding cement pads) but we rode through on our bikes and it was beautiful. It was the closest campground to Hamlin Lake where the beach, kayak/ canoes are. The beach is not dog friendly, but the paths throughout the park are suitable for walking your dog. They do have a small dog beach that starts at the concession stand on Lake Michigan and goes to the river, which is very nice, Hamlin Lake was a beautiful area to go kayaking & canoeing with a nice boardwalk all along the edge. The Pines Campground is closest to Lake Michigan for the beach & Dog Beach, a bit of a walk, but a quick bike ride is good. I believe all sites have electric, no water or sewage, but some were quite spacious. The skyline hike is totally bike-able (starting in the park) & great for dogs. It’s about a 7 mile journey via bike to go to downtown Ludington. It was very safe for bikes w/ a big shoulder on the side of the road.. since many cars park there to get to the beach & don’t have to pay a fee to get into the State park.
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Date of stay: June 2023
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Room Tip: Pines campground is closet to Lake Mi beach & dog beach. Beechwood campground is Very close to...
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Theresa M wrote a review Jun 2021
cleanhand13181 contributions109 helpful votes
This State Park campground is in such a beautiful setting. The bathrooms are regularly cleaned. We stayed in Pines. This location doesn't have a playground, but Cedars does and it's a quick bike ride there. The beach is also accessible by walking, biking, driving. The beach is beautiful and the bathhouse is nicely maintained. I would return. If you have never been there, you could miss the check in location which comes about two miles before the entrance to the park.
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Date of stay: June 2021
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1streetover wrote a review Mar 2020
East Lansing, Michigan653 contributions200 helpful votes
We camped in September on site #76, Pines campground. Narrow and across from restrooms. Backs up to dunes for access to a nice sunset view. Sites in the other campgrounds looked like they might be larger, but they're further from the big lake. There’s a LONG stretch of beach on Lake Michigan. We spent a few minutes exploring the beach house and concession, which has some interesting displays on local plant and animal life upstairs. There’s also a beach on Hamlin Lake with canoes, kayaks, and paddleboats for hire, plus a picnic area, playground, and boat launch. One thing the park doesn’t have is Wi-Fi, or much of a cell signal. Perfect for those of us trying to avoid the office for the last few days! Lots of hiking and kayaking opportunities too.
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Becky B wrote a review Aug 2019
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Left after one night Felt like we were in a refugee camp! Many tents at and around our site! Couldn’t relax! Way too crowded! Beautiful drive in though and house of flavors ice cream is really good especially the waffle cones!a
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Linda W wrote a review Jun 2019
Phoenix, Arizona366 contributions101 helpful votes
Beautiful & clean state campground . We had electricity & had a 5 gallon container of water. Showers & restrooms were very clean. Family friendly site with many RV campers & tents. We walked to the lighthouse -a 3 mile round trip hike thru sand dune & creek areas. Lighthouse was impressive as was the boardwalk which had “boards lettered with many names “in memory of loved ones”. The day was cold & windy but very enjoyable. I wore my hiking boots which made it easy for me to walk on the sandy road/trail to lighthouse. The camping area was full of campers... little noise lasted long as a severe thunderstorm with lightening & lots of rain chased campers inside just before dark. The campers awoke early to a nice morning. I would recommend this state park for camping. Very family friendly.
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Date of stay: June 2019Trip type: Traveled with friends
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FreezerBob wrote a review Aug 2018
United States3 contributions10 helpful votes
We have been camping since the 1970s. Been to almost every state park in Michigan. The beaches here in Ludington are some of the nicest to be found in Michigan. There is no real camping on the beaches however its worth the drive. Either use the public beach or you can drive a little further, hike over a small dune, and have a more private beach. The park itself is somewhat tight. Its real evident the park service is doing everything they can to cram as many people on sites as possible. Be very careful in site selection as most inside sites have trouble fitting much more than small campers and tents. Camping here is more festival type camping. Not much privacy. Being so many people there is much noise. Especially dog barking. The rangers do a good job keeping the people noise down after dark they just don't seem to know how to keep the dog noise down. Barking dogs is a huge problem in this park. There is a constant hum of barking going on from sunrise to sunset. One ranger told me they have a dog specialist type ranger however she is one person spread way to thin. The rangers seem hesitant to enforce rules other than point them out. The rest rooms are a mixed bag. Some new, some really old. They do try to keep them clean however they are way overwhelmed by the amount of people in the park. There are plans to rebuild restrooms this fall. The park has a rule only one family and two vehicles to a site but these rules are overlooked. we counted up to four cars on many sites. On our last stay for two weeks we had several neighbors with up to four families on a site. Just yesterday we had two families with 10 people on a 30 X 50 site. They had no other choice than to share other peoples sites with the 14 bicycles, several kyaks. Like I mentioned more festival style camping. You have to get used to it. The rangers walk and drive by but do little to enforce rules. Think they might be more summer interns than real park rangers. I do recommend this park as it has wonderful trails, beaches however it is way overpopulated. It is hard to get into this park without a reservation. With 5000+ acres it would behoove the park service and it patrons to build a new campground however the park service tells me there is no plans to do so. Make sure you reserve six months in advance. This is a great park however if you desire quiet and privacy you should seek a different park.
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Date of stay: August 2018
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Room Tip: Try to book the sites on the edge of the parks. The inner circle sites are way to cramped
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Tom N wrote a review Jul 2018
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If you like lots of bugs this is the place for you. Yes it is a beautiful park, but, be careful that you know all of the rules of the park, and follow them to the letter. A reminder of a rule infraction from a ranger will not be a pleasant experience. Most people camping at the park bring dogs with them. While many clean up after their pet a lot do not. Every thing at the camp store is priced to help you empty your pockets of your cash. A very small bundle of fire wood is priced at 5.50. It will last about twenty minutes in your nice fire pit. A short trip into town will reward you with nice clothing items at far less cost and nice quality. It is not recommend that you bring fire wood from home. If you are camping at the park and your site is not in the Beachwood section of the park, you will not be able to take advantage of the very nice boardwalk area of lost lake, unless you enjoy a long hike before your lake trail hike. There is NO parking in the Beachwood park available. If you should attempt to park at the 30 minute parking area of the bathrooms you can receive a valid citation payable at the court house in Ludington. Take lots of money for that. I can only conclude that those trails are for the Beachwood campers only. Once in a while you will see a ranger driving through the campgrounds. Not sure why, their windows are rolled up and they only look straight ahead. They are not there to be friendly, thinking so is your mistake. The park can be very noisy at night, with little consideration for others. If you like being awake until midnight you can be. This park is very pet friendly, lots of dogs barking. I enjoyed the Raccoons running around seeing what they can get into at each camp site. They don't miss a site by the end of the night. The park is there for you to enjoy. If you are lucky enough to get a site at this park, everyone wants to be there. There are not many fish in the two lakes due to over fishing but if by chance you get one consider yourself a winner. Don't expect signs to help you know where things are. Not many signs and not placed to be helpful. No road markings to assist with traffic flow so driving in the wrong direction is not unusual. There are lots of fun things at the park. Take your bike and go for a ride on the many bike paths. Many people will not move to one side so you can get by so you may have to hit them, be sure and express your sympathy for their injury. One of the best things about the park is the clean restrooms and showers. They do a great job and are known to be the best of any state park in Michigan. Take lots of bug spray, you will need it.
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Date of stay: June 2018Trip type: Traveled with friends
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ejavos wrote a review Jul 2018
South Lyon, Michigan44 contributions15 helpful votes
We have been coming to Ludington State Park for years, but this is the first time we have had our new family member, Lincoln the 1 year old Lab with us. We were glad to find out that our favorite Michigan state park is yet again better than a few other parks where they may welcome dogs, but there are major restrictions too, like absolutely no dogs on the beach or the walking trails. Here in Ludington we could hike all the trails with Lincoln AND as a major surprise and new initiative at Ludington State Park, a sizable section of the beautiful beach between the beach house and the river was designated to dogs. Sadly, Lincoln does not like water, but he enjoyed napping in the sand under the umbrella and meeting other dogs on the beach. All dog owners seemed to responsibly clean up after their pets and anyone who did not want to be near the dogs could simply avoid that section of the beach.
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Date of stay: July 2018Trip type: Traveled with family
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TomSchlagel wrote a review Jul 2018
Mystic, CT81 contributions92 helpful votes
The 3 campgrounds here are situated between Lake Michigan and Hamlin Lake with all electric only sites. There is an excellent dump station on the way into the park with potable water. There is also centrally located water within the campgrounds that you can carry water from. The showers were clean with lots of hot water. I highly recommend reserving a site online as this place is popular with good reason. An beautiful place with excellent facilities. There are several hiking trails and the dunes are quite scenic. The beach facilities were great and their is a small store at the campgrounds. Truly one our country's nicest state parks!
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Date of stay: July 2018
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Cindy J wrote a review Jun 2018
Grand Rapids, Michigan99 contributions30 helpful votes
Ludington is one of our favorite places but the camping area is hard to get into. This year we made it and were pleasantly surprised by the size of our site based on other camper reviews. The camp store had a little of everything in terms of groceries and supplies as well as some really unique gifts. There are a bunch of paved hiking and walking trails, a camp host, and the quiet hours were enforced which is great when traveling with kids. There is water everywhere...Lake Michigan, Big Sauble River, Hamlin Dam, Hamlin Lake and Lost Lake all within walking or biking distance. Great fishing, too!
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Date of stay: June 2018
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ludington State Park
Which popular attractions are close to Ludington State Park?
Nearby attractions include Ludington State Park (0.3 miles), Jump Around Fun Center & VR (3.8 miles), and Cartier Park (4.6 miles).
What are some restaurants close to Ludington State Park?
Conveniently located restaurants include Chuck Wagon, Stix Bar, and Barnhart's Marina and Restaurant.
Are pets allowed at Ludington State Park?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Ludington State Park?
Many travelers enjoy visiting S.S. Badger: Lake Michigan Carferry (6.4 miles).
Does Ludington State Park have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the lake view available here.