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Nine of the Upper Peninsula’s Best Beaches near Escanaba

Choosing the best places to spend a day at the beach is easy in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Visit Escanaba! With over 200 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline in Delta County, you are never more than a few minutes from enjoying your favorite water sports, swimming, building sand castles, spiking a volleyball or soaking up some rays with a good book. Here are nine beautiful beaches to add to your Upper Peninsula best beaches bucket list.

Fun going to beach

Escanaba Municipal Beach

Aronson Island | Bath House Road | June to mid-August 

This beach, near downtown Escanaba, has many family-friendly amenities:

Take me to Escanaba Municipal Beach!

Gladstone Beach

Van Cleve Park | 1224 Lake Shore Drive

Parents love bringing the kids to play in the shallow, warm water that laps this sandy shore. Amenities include: 

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O.B. Fuller Campground & Beach

850 State Highway M-35, Bark River

Ask locals where they like to camp and they will direct you to this lakefront campground 20 miles south of Escanaba. Its natural beach is perfect for swimming and playing in the sand. Amenities that bring people back: 

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Fayette Historic State Park & Townsite

4785 II Road, Garden | 8 a.m.-10 p.m., year round | Requires Michigan Recreational Passport or Day Pass

One of the nation’s premier historic company townsites is south of U.S. 2, Take M-183 17 miles down the Garden Peninsula. Pack a picnic and beach gear and plan to spend at least two hours exploring the once booming iron smelting town’s 20 buildings before relaxing on this Lake Michigan beach. Amenities:

Take me to Fayette Historic State Park!

Aerial shot of fayette

J.W. Wells State Park

N7670 Highway M-35, Cedar River | 8 a.m.-10 p.m., year round | Requires Michigan Recreational Passport or Day Pass

This beautiful, 678-acre park is 30 miles south of Escanaba and 25 miles north of Menominee. Amenities:

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Ford River Beach

Bark River

Park at the Ford River Boat Launch and walk east on the trail next to the launching dock. It’s a long hike but worth it! Pack food, water, and weather-appropriate clothing and a beach blanket or chair. Bring your fishing gear if you want to shore fish along the river on your way to the beach. Amenities: 

Take me to Ford River Beach!

Ford River Beach

Indian Point Beach

10 minutes from Nahma, off Ee 25

As you drive into Nahma on Ee 25, keep your eyes on the right-hand side for a turnoff that dips down a hill to a gravel parking area. Park by the boulders then hike along the trail. Within minutes you will be on a stretch of sand that is a local secret. Amenities: 

Take me to Indian Point Beach!

Indian Point Beach

Portage Point Beach

M-35 to Portage Point 11.4 Lane, Escanaba

To reach this expansive beach beyond the Portage Point Marsh, drive south from Escanaba on M-35 and turn left on Portage Point 11.4 Lane. Follow the road until it dead ends at the parking lot. The 10-minute walk to the beach is well worth the extra steps. Bring your picnic and blankets. Amenities: 

Take me to Portage Point Beach!

Portage Point Beach

Sac Bay Beach

Access on Garden Peninsula from County Road 438

This is your place on the water to swim, enjoy a picnic, hike or bike on a nearby trail or paddle. You will enjoy some of the best Lake Michigan scenery in the U.P.! Amenities: 

Take me to Sac Bay Park Beach!

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