Welcome to Ludington and our beautiful Lake Michigan beaches!
Far removed from the hustle and bustle of the big cities - with Lake Michigan as our backdrop - you'll find the kind of town people want to visit and many call home. Welcome to Ludington, a vacation paradise and a wonderful place to live.
What's to love about Ludington on the Lake? We don't like to brag, but we truly do have the BEST:
You'll find miles of clean, sandy beaches along Lake Michigan and Hamlin Lake, just minutes from wherever you are in the area. Stearns Park is the most popular beach, with FREE parking, 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.
These beautiful and historic structures are an integral part of our community, and we have two in Ludington--North Breakwater Light and Big Sable Point Lighthouse--and 30 miles north and south you'll find Manistee's North Pierhead Lighthouse and Little Sable Point Lighthouse in the Silver Lake State Park. Most are open for tours in the summertime, offering a glimpse into Great Lakes maritime history.
Anglers from all over know that Ludington is the #1 salmon port on Lake Michigan. Numerous charter captains have years of experience on the big lake and are eager to take you on a fishing excursion. Hamlin Lake is full of northern pike, bass, perch, and bluegill--or ice fish in the winter for panfish and walleye. There's also great fishing in Pere Marquette Lake and Pere Marquette River.
LUDINGTON STATE PARK
Midwest Living magazine voted it the #1 state park in the Midwest, with seven miles of Lake Michigan shoreline. Enjoy camping, boating, fishing, swimming--or hike on one of eight marked trails that wind through the park and bring you face to face with nature's beauty. Two highlights of the Ludington State Park are the Hamlin Dam and the Big Sable Point Lighthouse.
S.S. BADGER CARFERRY
The largest carferry to sail the Great Lakes makes its voyage to Manitowoc, Wisconsin mid-May to mid-October. This 410' ship carries up to 620 passengers and 180 vehicles. Onboard you can play Badger Bingo, watch a movie, shop, or enjoy a meal in one of their two restaurants. Kid's activities include a video arcade, coloring contests, and playroom. The best part of the journey is sitting on deck and enjoying the view--including spectacular sunsets.
There is so much to do in this area, no matter what time of year. Summer brings the Lakestride Half Marathon, Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, Freedom Festival, Friday Night Live, and Movies in the Park. As the seasons change, attend the Harvest Festival, Oktoberfest, or a local farm market. Art Fairs, horse shows, tournaments--you'll never be bored in Ludington!
COMMUNITIES NEAR LUDINGTON
It's a very short drive between the many charming communities in our area, including Hamlin Lake, Pentwater, Scottville, Silver Lake, Manistee, and Pere Marquette River.
MOVING TO THE LUDINGTON AREA
If you love visiting Ludington so much, that you would like to move here, browse through our Online Relocation Guide for helpful information when considering a move to Ludington.
LOCAL BUSINESS DIRECTORIES
Our Ludington visitors business sections include information for Boating & Fishing, Restaurants, Shopping, Things to Do, Lodging, and more. If you own a home in the area or are looking to buy a fixer upper you will find all your home improvement needs on our Homes & Gardens website. Other valuable business information can be found on our locally produced Ludington Yellow Pages.
CELEBRATIONS & WEDDINGS
For special occasion planning, check out our Weddings & Celebrations website, your first stop for planning the perfect wedding or party.
Any season--any time--Ludington is where you want to be.