Michigan state parks, recreation areas that allow pets on beaches

Pets must be on 6-foot leash

Lake Michigan

Some Michigan state parks and recreation areas have shorelines that allow pets.

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Pets are welcome at state parks and recreation areas, but are only allowed on certain stretches of shoreline. In all areas, they must be on a 6-foot leash and must be under a handler's immediate control at all times.

People are advised to always clean up after their pets, keep them from interacting with wildlife and keep them from disturbing visitors.

Below is a list of non-designated bathing areas that have pet-friendly shorelines:

Barga State Park – The entire length of Lake Superior park shoreline is pet-friendly. 

Brighton Recreation Area – There is a pet-friendly section of shoreline available on Chilson Pond.

Burt Lake State Park – There is a pet-friendly section of shoreline available on Burt Lake.

Dodge #4 State Park – There is a section of shoreline located to the west of the rock jetty.

Grand Mere State Park – The entire length of the Lake Michigan’s one mile shoreline in the park is pet-friendly.

Harrisville State Park – There is pet-friendly section of shoreline at the north end of the camper's beach. The beach is accessible via a foot trail near site 103.

Holland State Park – There is an area for pets in the Lake Macatawa day-use area directly across from the Lake Mac Campground

Holly Recreation Area – The Lake Macatawa day-use area directly across from the Lake Mac Campground is pet-friendly.

McLain State Park – A section of beach on Lake Superior is pet-friendly.

Mears State Park – The southernmost section of shoreline is pet-friendly.

Otsego Lake State Park – A section of shoreline on Otsego Lake is pet-friendly. It is accessible via a flight of stairs near site 64; high water may limit access.

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park – The entire park shoreline is pet-friendly.

Port Crescent State Park – A section of shoreline available near the mouth of the Pinnebog River is pet-friendly. It’s accessible via the steel bridge that connects to the hiking trails closest to the campground.

Sleepy Hollow State Park – There is a section of shoreline located 100 yards north of the Lake Ovid swimming beach

South Higgins Lake State Park – There are two pet-friendly areas of shoreline, including the day-use area and a campers-only area near the west campground.

Tawas Point State Park – A pet-friendly section of shoreline that is enclosed by fences is available on Tawas Bay between the campground and the lighthouse.

Twin Lakes State Park 

Warren Dunes State Park – There’s a 2.5-mile section of pet-friendly shoreline, north of the northernmost swim buoy.

Young State Park – There is a section of shoreline available east of the boat launch.

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