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Michiganders are lucky, because we have so many fantastic beaches. Whether you’re venturing to Lake Michigan or one of the state’s charming inland lakes, chances are you’ll have a great time.

Still, it’s funny to me that Michigan’s beaches are something of a secret to much of America. When people think of beach getaways, they think of coastal cities, not the Mitten. That said, Michigan’s beaches are starting to get some national attention, and each year, thousands of tourists venture into the state, usually from neighboring states. Offering a freshwater coastline more than 3,000 miles long, the pristine beaches of Michigan truly offer something for everyone.

If you’re a longtime Michigander, you may think that you’ve already seen Michigan’s best beaches, but you haven’t. There are plenty of hidden gems across Michigan’s sandy shorelines. I’ve done some research to find some of the biggest and best beach Michigan beaches, as well as some of the state’s lesser-known beaches. Of course, one of the benefits of hitting up a beach that’s off the radar is more privacy. But, going to a very popular beach can be a fun way to meet new people.

Read on for a massive list of 50 of the best Michigan beaches. My personal favorite are on Lake Michigan, especially near Grand Haven and Saugatuck. Those are the beaches I visited most as a kid, and I find myself heading there over and over again over the years. By the way, one Michigan beach – Oval Beach in Saugatuck, Michigan – was recently named one of the best in the entire world by Condé Nast Traveler, landing in the publication’s top 25 list. It’s pretty cool to think that we have one of the best beaches in the world right here in the Mitten.

  • Carl D. Bradley Lakeview Memorial Park

  • Miners Beach

  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Beaches

  • Great Sand Bay

  • Hunters Point Park

  • McCarty’s Cove

  • Lexington

  • Port Crescent State Park

  • Charlevoix Beaches

  • Frankfort Beaches

  • South Beach South Haven

  • Warren Dunes State Park

  • Silver Lake Sand Dunes

  • Saugatuck Dunes State Park

  • Hoffmaster State Park Beach

  • Oscoda Beach Park

  • Rogers City Beaches

  • Tiscornia Beach

  • Empire Beach

  • Lakeside Park

  • Wilderness State Park

  • Jean Klock Park

  • William Sterling State Park

  • Stearns Park

  • Escanaba Municipal Beach

  • White Rock Roadside Park

  • Range Light Beach

    Presque Isle Township Range Light Park

    Access Type: Via Paved Road Launch Type: Carry-in Launching (Kayak) Beach Type: Sand Beach Approach: Low Banks Day Use Facilities: - Picnic Area Notes: Township Park, long carry to water (500 Feet). Direct access to Presque Isle Harbor

  • South Shore Park

  • Huron Shores Roadside Park

  • Agate Beach Park

    Agate Beach Park

    Agate Beach Park is located twenty-five miles southwest of Houghton on Lake Superior, this campground has rustic toilets, electricity, picnic tables, sandy beach and allows tents. Primitive campsites on Lake Superior. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day. Explore the Keweenaw where adventure falls from the sky, grows from the ground and springs from Lake Superior.

  • Sand Point Beach

  • Straits State Park Beach

  • Sable Falls Beach

  • Muskegon State Park

  • Sable Falls Beach

  • McLain State Park Beach

  • Keith J. Charters Traverse City State Park Beach

  • Petoskey State Park Beach

  • Bay City State Park

  • Old Mission Park, Old Mission Peninsula

  • Hoeft State Park Beach

  • Sturgeon Bay Beach

  • Twelvemile Beach

  • William C. Sterling State Park

  • Great Sand Bay

  • Frankfort Public Beach and Playground

  • Mich-E-Ke-Wis Park

    Mich-e-ke-wis / Starlite Beach City Park - Outdoor Michigan

    Lat, Lon: 45.04642, -83.44664 Facilities Restroom Lat, Lon: 45.04642, -83.44664 Click on a to zoom in. - Boundary - Water - Trail - Other Water - Other Trail