LUDINGTON STATE PARK


LUDINGTON STATE PARK is located eight miles north of Ludington, at the end of M116, between Lake Michigan and Hamlin Lake.

Facilities

The park encompasses 5,300 acres of virgin conifers and hardwood forests, hills, ravines and lofty dunes. There are two excellent beaches, one on Lake Michigan and one on Hamlin Lake. Both swimming areas have concessions that are open during the summer months. Boat rentals are available at Hamlin Lake. A picnic area with stoves and tables is located between the Hamlin Lake Beach and the Hamlin Lake Dam. The three campgrounds, Pines, Cedar and Beechwood, have a total of 398 sites. All campsites have electricity and the toilet buildings have flush toilets and showers. The Park Store is located in Cedar Campground. The Visitor Center, an interpretive facility, is located just south of the Sable River and is open on a seasonal basis.

Activities

An outstanding feature of the park is the trail system. There are eleven separately marked foot trails that wander for 18 miles through woods and over dunes. Four trail shelters, for cook outs or noon snacks, and rustic benches are located along the trails. There are also 16 miles of cross country ski trails in the park.

Ludington State Park has a variety of conifer and hardwood growth. Park visitors will see large pine, cedar, hemlock, oak, aspen, maple, beech and ash. Visitors will also encounter many types of birds and animals throughout the park. Some areas of the park are open to hunting during established seasons. There is excellent fishing in the Sable River, Hamlin Lake and Lake Michigan.

History

The Hamlin Lake Dam area is the location of one of Michigan's historical markers. It marks the location of the Village of Hamlin. Hamlin Lake was created when the Sable River was dammed over one hundred years ago during the early days of Michigan's lumber boom. The lake's primary purpose was to float logs to the Village Mill for sawing. The lumber was then taken by tramway and mules to the mouth of the Sable River and loaded on boats at anchor in Lake Michigan. In 1888 the dam burst sweeping the village of forty houses, the mill and over one million board feet of White Pine lumber downstream into Lake Michigan. The dam was replaced and serves to regulate the water level on Michigan's largest artificial lake. The village cemetery is located in the area. The remains of the old mill with some articles of machinery are left.

You are invited to visit Ludington State Park and enjoy one of Michigan's most unique State Parks.

The park is open all year. Modern faciliites are available from May through October.


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