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       Best Beaches Near Escanaba

The beaches near Escanaba in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula are true hidden gems, offering some of the best Lake Michigan beaches for visitors. The clear Lake Michigan waters, protected within Little Bay de Noc, offer some of the warmest waters on the lake, ideal for swimming and water activities. 

If you’re planning a trip to the Upper Peninsula, make sure to include these top beaches in your itinerary and experience the best of what Lake Michigan has to offer.


Gladstone Public Beach

       at VanCleve Park

A gem among the beaches in the Upper Peninsula, Gladstone Public Beach offers serene views, soft sand, and the warm, clean waters of Lake Michigan. Ideal for families, this beach is equipped with numerous amenities, making it a perfect spot for a day out in the sun.

Beachouse with food concession, bathrooms and showers

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Escanaba Public Beach

       at Ludington Park

Nestled within Ludington Park, one of the Upper Peninsula’s most expansive green spaces, Escanaba Public Beach stands out with its warm, clear waters from Lake Michigan. This unique beach, situated on a man-made island in the lake, stretches over three-quarters of a mile along a sandy shoreline.

Visitors can enjoy a variety of experiences, from a guarded swimming area perfect for families to more secluded beach spots where tranquility reigns. The beach house conveniently provides restrooms and showers. Ludington Park also features paved bike paths for those looking to explore the area further. Plus, free cruiser bike rentals are available at the Escanaba Marina, adding an extra layer of enjoyment to your beach day adventures.

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Portage Beach

       at Portage Point

For a more secluded experience, Portage Point Beach is a haven of stunning natural beauty, nestled along the tranquil waters of Lake Michigan. It’s the ideal choice for those looking to relax and soak in a picturesque sunrise or enjoy peaceful moments by the water. With its 1-mile long beach, visitors have ample space to spread out, ensuring a personal spot on the sand to unwind in solitude.

A short 600-foot walk from the parking lot transports you to this remote oasis, offering a genuine escape from the hustle and bustle. The waters along the shoreline are notably shallow, making it a perfect spot for children to swim safely or enjoy a game of frisbee in the water. Lacking restrooms, showers, and facilities of any kind, Portage Point Beach invites you to immerse yourself in the untouched beauty of nature, making it a truly unique and serene beachgoing experience.

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