Beaches come in all shapes and sizes. On the serene shores of Lake Michigan, you’ll find everything from secluded swimming holes and out of the way sand spits to bustling city beaches with modern amenities galore. And because this part of the world is big on the changing of the seasons, you’ll have something to do at these places throughout the calendar year. If you’re ready to explore the points where Delta County’s rolling landscape meets seemingly boundless Lake Michigan, check out these beaches – and the two or three dozen other spots that welcome members of the public all year long.
Sac Bay Beach
Located just off County Road 438, near the end of the Garden Peninsula, Sac Bay Beach is just one part of beautiful Sac Bay Park. This 65-acre expanse includes a mature mixed forest of pines, hemlock, spruce, fir, maple, basswood and birch. After you’ve had your fill of the trails that wend through the tract, pitch your tent at the nearby campground and bring your cooler down to the secluded beach on beautiful Big Bay de Noc.
If you squint just hard enough, you might be able to see the lights of Escanaba in the distance – but, more likely, you’ll be gazing out on the broad expanse of Lake Michigan as the sun winks over the horizon. There’s not as much sand here as at some other Lake Michigan beaches, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t break out the towel and soak up some rays after taking a dip in the cool, clear water.
O.B. Fuller Park and Campground
One of the most popular non-city parks in Delta County, O.B. Fuller Park and Campground occupies a choice location on the Lake Michigan shore, in the county’s southeastern corner. Much of the 85-acre campsite is taken up by modern campsites that can accommodate full-size RVs, but there’s a sizable amount of well-preserved forest land as well. And visitors to this beautiful spot get two great bodies of water for the price of one: The Bark River, with its excellent fishing and wildlife-spotting opportunities, passes right by on its way to Lake Michigan. The mouth of the river lies at the campground’s beach, which is a family-friendly swimming hole that warms up (fairly) quickly in the summer.
Escanaba and Gladstone City Beaches
Delta County’s biggest settlements both lie on Little Bay de Noc, within easy boating distance of larger Green Bay and the open expanse of Lake Michigan. Both have beautiful, popular municipal beaches that attract sun-seekers during the warm months and winter sports junkies during the cold season. Escanaba’s sits in the heart of Ludington Park, Escanaba’s most popular city park. You can easily spend a few hours here and then head downtown or a bite at one of Ludington Street’s trendy eateries. In Gladstone, the municipal beach doubles as a popular campground. Hitch your trailer here and dive into the sparkling waters of Little Bay de Noc!
Point Detour Beach
City beaches aren’t your speed? Looking for a more secluded place to spread out and dip your toes in the water? Escape to the end of the road – literally – at Point Detour beach, located at one of the farthest-flung corners of the Garden Peninsula. Due to treacherous underwater formations and unpredictable weather, several shipwrecks lie just offshore, although you’ll need proper equipment and training to reach them. Curious limestone formations, complete with prehistoric fossils, dot the shoreline here. And evidence of settlement as far back as 2,000 years makes Point Detour one of the most interesting archaeological sites in the Upper Peninsula. Even if you just spread out a towel and enjoy a cold beverage on a warm afternoon, though, you’ll get plenty out of your time at this special beach.
What are you waiting for? Throw on your swim trunks, pack a picnic lunch, and hit the sand (or rocks)! If you’d like to learn about Delta County beaches that didn’t make this list, don’t hesitate to get in touch – we’ll give you the lowdown.