With 5,300 acres, Ludington is the lower peninsula's second-largest state park, making the most of a great setting between Lake Michigan and inland Lake Hamlin. There's lots to do: boating, fishing, hanging on beaches, participating in an interpretive program, and exploring trails and historical sites. Campers take their pick of more than 350 sites within three modern campgrounds, plus a few mini cabins and a hike-in rustic campground.
Ludington’s impressive trail system consists of eight paths totaling 22 miles, including a 10-mile network of cross-country ski trails, a 4-mile canoe trail and 2 miles of bike trails. (A portion of the system is hard-surfaced and ADA-accessible.) Trail markers and kiosks provide fun nature facts and bits of history along the way. Kayaks, pedal boats and canoes are available to rent at Lake Hamlin, where anglers like to test their luck with the lines. The fish also bite at the Big Sable River dam; come in fall to try for some of the thousands of salmon spawn upriver.
During the summer, guests tour Big Sable Point Lighthouse, one of the oldest in the state. Just note, access is available via a walking a 2-mile trail.