Best Of Michigan: Favorite Beaches

We asked our members to share their favorite Michigan beach in our Great Lakes state— so take their recommendations to heart and enjoy!

1Brimley State Park, Whitefish Bay

Brimley State Park, located on the shores of Whitefish Bay in the U.P., is one of the best beaches in Michigan in my opinion. It provides a non-traditional “beach” setting in the fact, that the water is a little cooler, the sand isn’t the most pristine, and there isn’t a fancy pier. What you will find is a beautiful, relaxing and picturesque scene of the beautiful Whitefish Bay. The very best part about this beach is that the Soo Locks are very close, so you will see freighter traffic throughout your day! Don’t forget to download the “Boatnerd” app on your phone, so you know the names of the freighters you will see floating by!

Karen Murphy, Thumb Electric

2Tawas Point State Park and East Tawas City Park Beach, East Tawas

We visit East Tawas for its beaches every year. There are wonderful cottages to rent, gorgeous sunrises and the water in the bay is shallow and warm for swimming. East Tawas also has the cutest downtown with great ice cream, antique shops, a chocolatier and more.

Joanne Preston, Midwest Energy & Communications

3Aral Beach, Empire

Aral Beach is hands down my favorite in Michigan! It is located outside of Empire at the end of a dirt road in the middle of nowhere. Beautiful views of the Empire bluffs, very few people around and my four-legged friends are welcome.

Mindy Aves, HomeWorks Tri-County

4Young State Park, Boyne City

Young State Park in Boyne City is a favorite. You can just enjoy the beautiful sunrises and sunsets, and walk the sandy beaches. Amazing!

Kristine Diegel, Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op


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