Nordhouse Dunes to Ludington State Park

Ludington, Michigan

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South of the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore, most of the east shore of Lake Michigan is privately owned. The 12-mile stretch of coast from the north end of the Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness to the south end of the Ludington State Park is a delightful exception to this rule. Although the coastal dune bluffs are not as spectacular as the towering Sleeping Bear Dunes, this beautiful coastal dune wilderness is well worth the visit. The two parks combine to form a total of about 8,000 acres of coastal wilderness, offering miles of dune grass, bare sand bluffs, drifting sand dunes, and old wooded dunes as high as 140 feet. Along the 8-mile section described in this route, there is no road access to the coast, so you will only encounter backpackers or other boaters.
Guide to Sea Kayaking on Lakes Superior & Michigan

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Guide to Sea Kayaking on Lakes Superior & Michigan

by Bill Newman, Sarah Ohmann, & Don Dimond (The Globe Pequot Press)

South of the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore, most of the east shore of Lake Michigan is privately owned. The 12-mile stretch of coast from the north end of the Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness to the south end of the Ludington State Park is a delightful exception to this rule. Although the coastal dune bluffs are not as spectacular as the towering Sleeping Bear Dunes, this beautiful coastal dune wilderness is well worth the visit.

The two parks combine to form a total of about 8,000 acres of coastal wilderness, offering miles of dune grass, bare sand bluffs, drifting sand dunes, and old wooded dunes as high as 140 feet. Along the 8-mile section described in this route, there is no road access to the coast, so you will only encounter backpackers or other boaters.

©  Bill Newman, Sarah Ohmann, & Don Dimond/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Ludington
Distance: 8
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: Part or full day
Season: Spring to fall, weather permitting
Local Contacts: Ludington State Park 616-843-8671
Local Maps: NOAA 14907, USGS: Mason County
Driving Directions: Directions to Nordhouse Dunes to Ludington State Park

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1/4/2002
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i love ludington it is the most beautiful place i have ever been. If you plan on taking a trip there be sure you camp at Ludington camp groud.ITs THE BEST here you can take a trail to a huge light house where you then can walk up the light house and take a veiw of beautiful Lake Michigan. on clear days you can even see Wisconin. ludington camp grounds beach is the best place to swim on those hot sticky days in the summer. and a great place to kayak. on some days the waves are as big as the oceans!!! ludington camp ground is a two in one it has a huge lake called hamelton lake which then leads to a dam once you go over the dam there is a small river that takes you right to lake michigan. and if you don't want to bring your own kayak you can rent one buy the hour. its a great place for the familiy and to kayak!!!!!!!!



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