What’s the Best Beach on the Great Lakes? We Asked. Michigan Answered.

By Isaac Constans

September 11, 2023

From the shores of Superior to Huron, our readers weighed in with their favorite beaches in the state.

Find your beach, beckons the slogan of a popular lager. But commercial marketing interest aside, finding peace on the water is a mindset many Michiganders live by.

So recently, we asked a question to our followers on Facebook: What’s the single best beach on the Great Lakes?

Hundreds of Michiganders answered the call. And as you’ll see, the responses didn’t disappoint.

While several respondents liked to keep their getaway on the down-low—can’t really blame them—others were happy to share their little sliver of heaven. We’re choosing to highlight beaches that got the most love, but you can see the full comments here. 

Scroll down for photos of the beaches!

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So as to the question of the best beach on the Great Lakes? We’ll let the comments do the talking and show off some of the most popular sites. 

Oscoda Beach

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Location: 201 E River Rd, Oscoda, MI 48750

Sand Point Beach

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Location: End of Sand Point Rd, Munising, MI 49862

AuTrain Beach

Landscape at sunset of Lake Superior with flowing surf, Autrain, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, USA
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Location: M-28, Au Train, MI 49806

Lake Michigan Beaches Off of US-2


Location: 2947-4319 U.S. Rte 2, Moran, MI 49760

Silver Beach

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Location: 101 Broad St, St Joseph, MI 49085

Grand Haven Beach

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Location: S Harbor Dr, Grand Haven, MI 49417

Harbor Springs Beach

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Location: 151 W Bay St, Harbor Springs, MI 49740

Ottawa Beach

Holland, MI, USA – June 8, 2008: Wide shot of beige sandy beach at Michigan Lake under light blue sky, with green forested dunes on horizon and brown sanitary building. – Claudine Van Massenhove/Shutterstock

Location: 2398 Ottawa Beach Rd, Holland, MI 49424

Oval Beach

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Location: 690 Perryman St, Saugatuck, MI 49453

Elberta Beach

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Location: Bye St, Elberta, MI 49628

Higgins Lake Beach

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Location: 11747 N Higgins Lake Dr, Roscommon, MI 48653

Stearns Beach


Location: 420 N Lakeshore Dr, Ludington, MI 49431

Pere Marquette Beach


Location: 3510 Channel Dr, Muskegon, MI 49441

Chapel Beach

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Location: Munising Township, MI 49884

Miners Beach

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Location: Miner Rd, Shingleton, MI 49884

Grand Marais Beach


Location: Park Ave, Seney, MI 49883

Christmas Cove


Location: E Christmas Cove Rd, Northport, MI 49670

Metropolitan Beach

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Location: H678+GFR, Harrison Twp, MI 48045

Pier Cove Beach


Location: 2290 Lakeshore Dr, Fennville, MI 49408

Negwegon State Park

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Location: Ossineke, MI 49766

Fort Gratiot Beach

The Fort Gratiot lighthouse on the St. Clair River in Michigan, is the oldest lighthouse in the state, established in 1825. Thomas Barrat/Shutterstock

Location: 2900 Conger St, Port Huron, MI 48060

PJ Hoffmaster State Park

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Location: 6585 Lake Harbor Rd, Norton Shores, MI 49441

What’s your favorite Michigan beach? Weigh in here



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