|Dockside Beach (Torch Lake)|
Small, sandy beach.
|Pinnell Rd. Beach (Torch Lake)|
Very small beach area. Shoreline is rocky; water shoes are recommended.
|Richardi Park (Intermediate River)|
Richardi Park has a swimming area, tennis courts, picnic area, playground equipment, walking trails and a bathhouse.
|Young State Park|
Young State Park is located at the east end of beautiful Lake Charlevoix. The park spans over 560 acres in Charlevoix County and is a mix of gently rolling terrain, lowlands, and cedar swamp. The park has 240 modern campsites w/ electricity spread across three campgrounds named Terrace, Oak and Spruce. There are also two mini cabins available for rent. Activities available in the park are boating, fishing, trails for hiking, jogging and nature study plus cross country skiing. Metal detecting area.
Charlevoix is well known for its beaches and the accolades are richly deserved. The city has four beaches, two on lakes Charlevoix and Michigan, as well as a State Park beach. The Lake Michigan beaches (Lake Michigan, Mount McSauba, Fisherman's Island) offer a perfect opportunity to find the official State of Michigan stone, the Petoskey Stone. This stone can only be found in the Little Traverse Bay region of northern Michigan.
Depot Beach on Lake Charlevoix is adjacent to the old train depot, which is now an historical museum. This beach usually has warmer water than Lake Michigan and the waves are calmer. Depot Beach is located at the end of Mercer Boulevard off U.S. 31 and has lifeguards, playground equipment, restrooms and picnic areas.
|Ferry Avenue Beach|
Ferry Beach is also located on Lake Charlevoix. The gently sloping sandy swimming area is a popular beach for parents and their children. Ferry Beach offers lifeguards, playground equipment, a concession, picnic areas, and restrooms. The beach can be reached by taking Stover Road east off of M-66, or Belvedere Avenue from downtown.
|Fisherman's Island State Park|
Seven more miles of Lake Michigan public beach can be found at Fisherman's Island State Park, south of Charlevoix on Bell's Bay Road. In addition to the beach, the park offers trails through a beautiful 3,400-acre forest.
|Lake Michigan Beach|
Lake Michigan Beach offers white sand, good stone hunting; wooded trails and children's play equipment. There is also a concession stand, picnic areas, restrooms and lifeguards. This beach is a short walk from downtown, along Park Avenue or the Pine River Channel. It is also an excellent location to view the lighthouse and the stunning sunsets over Lake Michigan.
This is a natural area with rolling dunes that culminate in a wide sandy beach on Lake Michigan shoreline. Behind the dunes is a series of well-kept trails through a beautiful canopied wooded area. There are no lifeguards or facilities. Take US 31 N through town; turn left onto McSauba (Auld) Ave. Take to Pleasant Rd.; turn left into parking lot in wooded area. Note: Used as a children's day camp during the summer.
Barnes Park offers numerous recreational opportunities including camping, hiking, swimming, and a beautiful beach on Grand Traverse Bay. Shoreline is rocky; water shoes are recommended.
|Elk Rapids Day Park|
One of Antrim County's many assets is the Elk Rapids Day Park. The park is truly a natural wonderland. This park is an awesome place to hike the trails, have a family picnic or just work on your tan. The park is open May to September offering bathhouse, sunbathing, picnic tables with grills scattered through the park, trails for hiking and pavilion (for reservations call 231-599-2712). We are located on South Bay Shore Drive on the fringes of the village limits. Hours of operation are 8am to dusk.
|Leelanau State Park|
The park has the Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum, a rustic campground, two mini cabins, 8.5 miles of hiking/skiing trails and a picnic area. Petoskey stones can be found along the shoreline.
|Petoskey State Park|
Petoskey State Park, located on the north end of Little Traverse Bay, is situated on 304 scenic acres and offers a beautiful sandy beach on the bay (with lots of Petoskey stones!), biking, hiking, a playground, picnic area, and a metal detecting area.
|Traverse City State Park|
Traverse City State Park is a 47-acre urban park that features a quarter mile of beautiful beach on the Grand Traverse Bay. The park is only two miles from downtown Traverse City, one of the most popular resort towns in Michigan. The park offers a playground, beach house, picnic areas, hiking, a paved bike trail, and metal detecting areas.