The Area

Ludington, Michigan

A short drive to the north is Ludington, MI, a historic lumber town and popular summer tourist destination on the Great Lakes. Enjoy shopping, sandy beaches, historic lighthouses, and numerous annual festivals.

Lighthouses

Ludington is home to two historic Michigan lighthouses, the North Breakwater Lighthouse and the Big Sable Point Lighthouse.

One of Ludington's most popular attractions, the North Breakwater Lighthouse is a walk that beckons, perfect for a romantic sunset stroll or a quick trek to wave at the S.S. Badger carferry as the boat cruises out onto Lake Michigan. The breakwall leading out to the lighthouse is a popular venue for fishermen and those who enjoy walking the mile-long round trip.

The Big Sable Point Lighthouse is a 112 foot lighthouse at the Ludington State Park. The lighthouse stands proudly on the shores of Lake Michigan and remains a testament to lighthouse keepers of the past. The Big Sable Point Lighthouse is listed on both the state and national registers of historic places.

From May-October, visitors can hike the 1.5 miles from the parking lot to the beach and climb the 130 steps to the top of the tower, which offers a spectacular view of the Lake Michigan waters. The original keeper's quarters houses a gift shop, where you can pick up a momento of your visit.

Highlights

  • SS Badger Lake Michigan Car Ferry
  • 2 Historic Lighthouses - North Breakwater Lighthouse and Big Sable Point Lighthouse
  • Scottville Clown Band
  • Ludington State Park
  • Pere Marquette River
  • Gus Macker Basketball Tournament
  • Charter Fishing on Michigan's #1 Salmon Fishing Port

Dining

Ludington is home to many wonderful resturants. From classic mom and pop eateries to fine dining establishments, you are sure to find some that pleases any appetite and mood.

The Beaches

The popular Ludington State Parks provides ample beach going opportunities and miles of clean, sandy beaches along Lake Michigan. Stearns Park is the most popular beach, with concessions, playground, Skate Park, mini golf, and shuffleboard.

Whether you enjoy swimming, skiing, tubing, boating, or fishing—Ludington's beaches and lakes provide hours of relaxing enjoyment.