6 Popular Michigan Piers for Fishing and Relaxing

Day or night, people gather along piers to enjoy sunsets, a leisurely stroll and pier fishing. Pack a lunch, grab a few friends, or a good book, and you’ve got all the makings of a perfect, relaxing summer day. Here are a few popular piers for fishing and enjoying the view in Pure Michigan.

Two men in fishing gear holding up a carp.
Fishing in Michigan | Photo Courtesy of Midwest Living/Todd Zawistowski

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1. Detroit

Enjoy the Bishop Park Fishing Pier in Wyndotte or head to the South Fishing Pier on Belle Isle in Detroit. Both along the Detroit River, these piers are great for enjoying a summer picnic, relaxing as the waves roll in, and perhaps casting a line or two. Afterward, head to the city of Detroit to experience the booming restaurant scene and attend a Tiger’s baseball game at Comerica Park.

2. Escanaba

Head to the downtown pier for a day of fishing walleye and bass, or enjoy the calming waters and head to Sand Point Lighthouse. Visitors can hike numerous trails and enjoy a beer at the popular Upper Hand Brewery

3. Ludington

The Ludington Pier is known for the iconic North Breakwater Light at Sterns Park. Visitors can choose to tour the lighthouse, spend a few hours fishing the waters and head into town for some ice cream at the House of Flavors Restaurant.

4. Grand Haven 

The Grand Haven South Pier & Lighthouses are known throughout the state for the unique catwalk that links the two. In the summer, the pier is full of kids playing and fishermen along the path. Spend the day at the beach and pier, then head into town for a delicious Pronto Pup.

5. Holland

Holland’s pier, and its photogenic Big Red Lighthouse, are tucked along Holland State Park’s sandy shoreline. After some fishing along the pier, spend the afternoon renting paddle boats, exploring trails and more in the rest of the park.

6.  St. Ignace

The St. Ignace fishing pier is not only perfect for an afternoon of fishing, but provides a beautiful view of Lake Huron. After exploring the pier, head to the unique Mystery Spot and snap a few photos of the Mackinac Bridge.