In a state with 3,200 miles of freshwater coastline and 11,000 inland lakes, beach season is something Michigan excels in and celebrates.

In Michigan, youll find public access to beaches at pocket parks and at miles-long stretches of Great Lakes shoreline, from the southeast corner of the state on Lake Erie, along the outline of the Mitten on Lakes Huron and Michigan, and around the jagged reaches of the Upper Peninsula all the way to Lake Superior. Crisscross the two peninsulas to find county and state parks and recreational areas with inland lakes of all sizes that boast sandy beaches and water temperatures warmer than those of the four Great Lakes.

Sandcastle building, intense games of beach volleyball, climbing dunes, rock hounding, playing in the waves, soaking up the rays, or watching the peaceful sunrise and vibrant sunset are some of the ways to enjoy Michigans beach scene. So grab your towel, sand pail, and that book youve been meaning to read, and head to the waters edge and the sandy shores of Pure Michigan.

Great, Great Lakes Beaches

Sleeping Bear Dunes; Empire, MI
-Courtesy of Maciej CzechowskiTwo Lake Michigan beaches top list for Best Great Lakes Beaches.>more 

A Beach Sampler

Beach in Union Pier
-Courtesy of Joe HillMichigan has hundreds of beaches on lakes of all sizes, each with its own vibe from the bustle of a resort town to the solitude of the wilderness. Wide, sugary and sandy or a stone-strewn rockhounds dream, Michigan has beaches that please.>more 

Not Just for Suntans anymore

Lightning McQueen at Beach in Grand Haven
-Courtesy of Grand Haven Chamber of CommerceIn Michigan you are never more than six miles from a body of water and 85 miles from a Great Lake. With 3,200 miles of freshwater coastline touching the Great Lakes of Erie, Huron, Superior and Michigan there are plenty of great beaches to relax in the summer sun, or to head out for swimming, boating, fishing and other water adventures.>more