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Outdoor Recreation

Beaches

There is nothing that equals the majesty of the sand dunes near St. Ignace or the ethereal beauty of an Upper Peninsula sunrise or sunset over the many rivers and lakes. Check out the beaches where the water meets the sand in St. Ignace, Your Home Port.  

St. Ignace and the surrounding area is home to a number of beaches, some of them right downtown. In addition to swimming and wading, visitors can enjoy a picnic, participate in a game of horseshoes or volleyball or play on the playground equipment.
 

American Legion Memorial Park

This waterfront park in downtown St. Ignace is the perfect spot to enjoy a view of Mackinac Island. There are picnic tables, a pavilion, grills, playground, beach area, and restrooms. This beach is a great place to snorkel, shallow water dive, or launch a kayak or canoe!

 

City Park, Dock #3

Overlooking Mackinac Island, City Park Dock # 3 offers a pavilion, a picnic area, a large playground, a viewing and fishing pier, a boat launch, and restrooms. 


Mackinac Bridget And Bridge View Park

Located on the shore of the Straits of Mackinac, this park is just west of the Mackinac Bridge toll plaza. The observation center contains interpretive displays depicting Mackinac Bridge and its history. There is also a picnic pavilion that offers a spectacular view of the Bridge.

 


Lake Michigan Sand Dunes

The Lake Michigan Sand Dunes are a must see when visiting the St. Ignace area. Spend an afternoon of sun, sand and crystal clear water, swimming and wading along miles of beautiful sandy beach on the north shore of Lake Michigan. This beach is rated one of the finest in the Midwest. 

 


Foley Creek Campground 

The Foley Creek Campground north of St. Ignace, off the Mackinac Trail, maintains a sandy beach on Lake Huron at the end of the Horseshoe Bay hiking trail. There is a parking area, accessible fishing pier, restrooms, and boat launch. 


Brevort Beach on Lake Michigan – Moran

This Lake Michigan public shoreline beach is located south of Brevort River in the Hiawatha National Forest.  


Kiwanis Beach

Kiwanis Beach in downtown St. Ignace on Moran Bay features a sand beach, a picnic area and pavilion.