Ludington State Park RV & Campground Guide

Michigan

Sand dunes, sandy beaches, wetlands, marshlands and forests comprise the gorgeous Ludington State Park in Michigan. It lies between Hamlin Lake and Lake Michigan with miles of beautiful shorelines. The park has a one-mile stretch where the Big Sable River runs through the park and provides excellent opportunities for fishing, paddling and tubing. There are more than 21 miles of marked hiking trails and three modern campgrounds. 

The average high temperature for the year is 56F and the annual low temperature is 36F. Ideal climates mean visitors get a chance to view a variety of wildlife, including deer, porcupines, herons and eagles. And, with activities like hosted lantern-lit and guided snowshoe hikes – Ludington is truly a year-round park to visit. With so much to see and do, you really need to pack your things and plan to stay and play for a few days of fun!

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Weather
Spring 28-60 F
Summer 56-73 F
Fall 37-68 F
Winter 21-35 F
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Nearby Cities
Ludington, MI
Detroit, MI
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Ludington State Park

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Ludington State Park actually has 3 campgrounds to choose from, but this is a very popular destination and the area fills up quickly so plan ahead! If it is filled up, no worries! Here are a few of the best RV parks in the area: 

Vacation Station RV Resort

When you stay at Vacation Station RV Resort is in Ludington, MI. You can enjoy area’s sandy Lake Michigan beaches, restaurants, shops, and tons of family fun! Motor coaches, travel trailers, fifth-wheels, pop-ups and park models are welcome, (sorry, no tents) in the modern, state-of-the-art luxury resort. Paved, lighted, winding roads lead to the community center clubhouse, known as the “Roundhouse.” The Roundhouse overlooks a private fishing pond and is available to patrons and their guests. Here you will also find some of Michigan’s finest off-road trails for ATVs, ORVs, and dirt bikes.

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wi-Fi: yes
  • Pet friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: convenience store, heated pool and spa, double wide concrete pads, enclosed pet area, propane refills, pull-through sites, cable, playground, RV/Boat storage, fishing pond, game room, bike rentals, fire pits, picnic tables, 24/7 restrooms, showers and laundry facilities 

Henry’s Landing

Located in Scottville, MI, only about 9 miles east of the beautiful beaches of Ludington, MI. Henry's Landing is a small privately-owned campground burrowed along the banks of the peaceful Pere Marquette River. There are 41 sites right on the river’s edge. From your site, you can swim, fish, kayak and kick back. For $30 per night, this is true relaxation at its best. 

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: no
  • Wi-Fi: yes
  • Pet friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: picnic table, firepit, camp store, bait & tackle, canoe, kayak, tube and SUP board rentals, sport courts, activities, shower room, flush toilets, dump station

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What to Do at
Ludington State Park

Inside Ludington State Park

There really is an unbelievable number of sites to see around this park. A good place to start in order to map out your time and interests, might be the Nature Center. There are a number of weekly nature programs including classes, guided hikes and interpretive programs throughout the year and most of them are free. Visitors can learn about dune and Great Lakes ecology, the Big Sable Point Lighthouse, the former lumber town. the Civilian Conservation Corps, and so much more. 

Here are a few more options to explore:

  • Biking: A paved biking and hiking trail runs along the Big Sable River linking the campgrounds, Lake Michigan, the day-use area at Hamlin Lake and the amphitheater. Bicycles are also allowed on park roads and the non-paved road leading up to the lighthouse. 
  • Boat rentals:  Rent kayaks, canoes, row boats and paddle boats on Hamlin Lake from mid-May to mid-October.
  • Cross-Country Skiing: A heated log shelter is available at the trailhead parking area for cross-country skiers and snowshoers. Check with the park for dates and times of popular snowshoe hikes.
  • Fishing: Lake Michigan offers a multitude of fishing opportunities, including an abundance of Northern pike, largemouth and smallmouth bass, walleye, tiger musky and panfish. In the spring and fall, salmon, lake trout, steelhead and brown trout swim along the shoreline of Lake Michigan and in the Big Sable River below the Hamlin Dam.
  • Hiking: An outstanding feature of the park is its trail system. There are eight separately marked foot trails that wind for 21.5 miles through woods and over the dunes. There are three rustic trail shelters located along the trails. A portion of the trail system is a hard surface and is ADA accessible.
  • Paddlesports: The one-of-a-kind canoe trail is a way for visitors to explore portions of Ludington State Park not readily accessible on foot.
  • Swimming: There are swim beaches at Lake Michigan and Hamlin Lake.

Outside Ludington State Park

If you have time to spend outside of Ludington State Park, you will find there are many adventures that await on the outskirts. Head to downtown Ludington for shopping, good eats and entertainment or hop around a lighthouse tour. The opportunities are endless. Here are a few ideas to start: 

Restaurants

Bow’s Diner

A little bit of everything for everyone and they only use fresh ingredients and sustainable, local products. Plenty of gluten free options, they have hand-tossed pizzas, stromboli, salads, wraps, appetizers, hot dogs, specialty grass-fed burgers, and even breakfast. The best part - ice cream dessert menu and a drive thru. 

Type: American

Location: Scottville, MI

Jamesport Brewing Company

The brewpub offers lunch and dinner in a super casual atmosphere. Craft beers and homemade specials and covered deck dining near the docks, this place is a great stop before heading back to camp.

Type: American, Brewery

Location: Ludington

Scotty’s

Famous for hand-cut steaks, prime rib, lake perch, whitefish. Homemade soups, charbroiled burgers, wonderful salads, kid's menu. The bar features Michigan made wine, beer and spirits! Reservations recommended.

Type: American, Seafood

Location: Ludington

Shopping

Ludington Farmers Market

What could be more fun than spending time with your family picking local produce? Awaken your senses and indulge in the local corn, strawberries, blueberries, cherries, tomatoes and green beans. You'll also find honey, jam, eggs, dairy, breads, sweets, and more. Ludington's farmers market operates from 3pm-7pm on Fridays from late May to late September. It is located at the North James Street Plaza.

Location: Ludington

Downtown Ludington

The variety of stores in the downtown area offer personalized service such as custom orders, gift wrapping and more. Shop for clothing, souvenirs, sports equipment -- or leisurely browse through art, collectibles and home decor. Shop for yourself, or pick out the perfect gift for loved ones back home.

Location: Ludington

Sightseeing

Parrot’s Landing

Enjoy Silver Lake and the sand dunes. You can rent or take a guided tour in a Jeep Wrangler. Ski boats with tow tubes and jet skis are also available for rent by the half day or full day.

Location: Mears, MI

Historic White Pine Village

If history is your thing, step back into time in a picturesque setting for the entire family. Tour historic buildings. Visit the old-fashioned ice cream parlor. Interact with characters in period costume as they provide a 1st-person interpretation of pioneer life in the late 1800's/early 1900's. Special events throughout summer and fall.

Location: Ludington

The Lighthouses of Ludington

Visit the North Breakwater Light and Big Sable Point Lighthouse. Once used primarily as a way to guide ships into port, these are now historic structures on the Lake Michigan shoreline. Volunteers staff the lights during the busy summer season. There is a $5 donation fee for adults to tour the lights, $2 for children.

Location: Ludington

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How to Get to
Ludington State Park

To get to the park, follow M-116 north to the state park entrance.

Address:

8800 W. M-116

Ludington MI, 49431

Entering Ludington State Park

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