Hey, wanna know a secret about Lake Huron beaches?
With endless miles of pristine public beaches from Port Huron to Mackinaw City, the Lake Huron beaches are some of the best in the entire state.
From quiet, secluded beaches to busy, bustling spots filled with fun beach activities, there’s a beach for everyone on Michigan’s spectacular Lake Huron coastline.
Whether you’re planning a quick day trip or a longer vacation, you’ll also need to know more about the sparkling sands and aqua waters of Lake Huron.
We’re sharing a list of 20 of our favorite Lake Huron beaches to help you plan your perfect trip to a Michigan beach.
You can scroll to the bottom for an interactive map of these top Lake Huron beaches, too!
Best Lake Huron Beaches in Northern Michigan
Cheboygan State Park has five miles of beautiful sandy beach to splash and play along the shoreline. The water in the bay is shallow and warms quickly, so it’s a good spot for swimming, and some amazing scenic Lake Huron views, too.
You’ll find miles of wooded trails for hiking and biking, too, for catching glimpses of rare Michigan wildflowers. You can also launch you boat the the carry-in boat launch on Duncan’s Bay, for fishing both here and on Elliot Creek. Lodging is available, here too, with campsites and rustic cabin available.
PRO-TIP: Hike over to the Cheboygan Lighthouse ruins, about a mile-and-a half hike through the woods.
Cheboygan-Huron Shores Roadside Park ‘
It’s a quiet place, right off the side of US-23. However, if you love scenic views, clear water and rock-hunting, this is the place for you. It’s a good spot to hunt for the elusive Petoskey stones, too.
Picnic tables, restrooms and a pretty Lake Huron beach. What more could you want?
Rogers City Lakeside Beach
This popular, beautifully-landscaped beach is tucked away in Rogers City. You’ll find 10 acres on Lake Huron featuring the Rogers City Marina; a swimming beach with volleyball courts; a large splash pad, three kids playgrounds; basketball courts; and a large pavilion.
Roger’s City is known as “The Nautical City,” it’s sparkling blue waters and silky sand beaches draw visitors from all over. Take some time to wander over the Sailor’s Memorial in the park, a beautiful tribute to sailors who lost their lives on Lake Huron.
P.H. Hoeft State Park
Located along a sandy stretch of Lake Huron Beach, P.H. Hoeft State Park features some of Lake Huron’s only sand dunes.
The crystal-clear Lake Huron water is perfect for swimming and splashing, and there’s a children’s playground, too. You’ll find picturesque hiking and biking trails; both through the woods and along the shoreline.
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Starlite Beach in Alpena
With three children’s play structures, a splash pad, volleyball court and picnic facilities, Alpena’s Starlite Beach has everything needed for a fun family beach day. Starlite Beach is close to restaurants and ice cream shops, too, making it easy to grab a bite if you’ve forgone the picnic basket.
There’s a lot to do in Alpena; you can find more in our Alpena Vacation Travel Guide.
Alpena’s Mich-E-Ke-Wis Park
One of our favorite Lake Huron beaches, Mich-E-Ke-Wis Park is located a perfect spot along Thunder Bay. The clear waters to warm quickly under the hot sun, making it a perfect spot to splash and play in the gentle surf.
You’ll find you’ll find a splash pad, youth/women’s ball fields, playground equipment, a BMX bike park, volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, picnic area, beach, off-street parking, and an enclosed park shelter building, too.
Negwegon State Park
Don’t be fooled by the official State Park label: Negwegon has been one of Michigan’s secret gems for years, kept hidden by locals and beach explorers alike.
Park your car and follow the short, sandy trail to an gorgeous, isolated beach alongside a shallow, crystal clear bay…you’ll find some of the most unforgettable pure Michigan scenery around.
PRO-TIP: After you’ve spent the day exploring this fabulous spot, head south down M-23 towards Harrisville and the amazingly delicious Alcona Brew Haus, one of Michigan’s amazing craft breweries.
Harrisville State Park
Whether you are traveling alone of with a family, this quiet, unassuming state park is sure to be one of your favorites. It’s located just outside the quaint, tiny port town of Harrisville, and it’s one of the Michigan’s oldest state parks.
Popular with campers, you’ll find a pretty beach with shallow, clear water. Additionally, there’s restrooms, picnic tables and a pavilion, too as well as a few miles of hiking trails.
Three-Mile Beach Park in Oscoda
Shhh…let’s keep this one between us. Located just three miles north of Oscoda, this pretty, natural beach is just perfect. Think warm, shallow water so clear that you can see the ripples on the sand beneath your toes.
Not much here but the beach, though, but that’s all you need. You will find restroom, picnic tables and grills, too.
Oscoda Beach Park
This lovely park in the city of Oscoda is truly a gem on the shores of Lake Huron. There’s so much to do in Oscoda, too. It’s a perfect Lake Huron beach town, and this park is one of the highlights.
Oscoda Beach Park is a best-kept secret among Michigan’s Great Lakes beaches, because it offer many fun and family-friendly activities. You’ll find a Splash Pad, a playground, picnic area, skate park, basketball court, pavilion, grills, benches, and a bathhouse.
In addition to being completely wheelchair accessible down to the shoreline, you can also stroll along the short boardwalk to the pier along the lakefront to the paved pier- a favorite spot for fishermen of all ages and abilities.
Tawas Point State Park
It’s been described as “Cape Cod-esque,” this tiny spit of beach that just out into a bright, blue Lake Huron.
Home of the iconic Tawas Point Lighthouse, that Tawas State Park beaches are really nice for just spending a relaxing day splashing along the shallow shoreline, perfect for young kids.
Tawas Shoreline Park
Not only is it a popular spot for camping, it’s also dog-friendly, so your pup can splash along in the water, too.
This is a big and very pretty park; with new pavilions, picnic tables and benches for sitting and gazing out at the beautiful Tawas Bay.
You’ll find a 450-foot pier of walking and fishing as well as an ADA-compatible swing. Just another reason to love the Tawas Area: they really provide excellent accessibility to their beautiful beachfront.
Best Lake Huron Beaches on Michigan’s Thumb Coast
Caseville County Park
Located right in the heart of downtown Caseville, there’s a lot going on at this popular beach. Caseville is a fun resort town, and much of the summer action is here. You’ll find a wide beach, with a pier, concessions and even a stand that rents paddle boards, kayaks and kiteboards.
PRO-TIP: You Might think about renting one of the 200 seasonal campsites, offering amazing beachfront access. You’ll want to hurry, though, because they fill up fast.
Albert Sleeper State Park
One reason we love Sleeper State park is that it feels much remote than it really is. Located on Saginaw Bay in the midst of an ancient dune forest, this pristine park has a wide sandy beach and nice, shallow water along the shoreline. There’s four miles of hiking and biking trails to explore, here, too.
Philp County Park
This pretty Huron County park along Michigan’s M-25 between Caseville and Port Austin is a perfect place to take a quick swim in Lake Huron. You’ll find picnic tables and restrooms, too.
Port Crescent State Park
Located at the tip of Michigan’s “Thumb,” Port Crescent State Park has three miles of shoreline along Saginaw Bay. The shallow, sandy waters here are perfect for swimming and sunbathing.
The full-service state park offers wide sandy beaches with a boardwalk for ADA accessibility.
Port Crescent is also a Michigan dark sky preserve, so if you’re camping or visiting at night, you can see the stars close up and unadulterated by city lights. You might even catch a glimpse of the northern lights!
PRO-TIP: Take some time to explore nearby Port Austin, a charming resort town at the tip of Michigan’s thumb.
Port Sanilac Lake Huron Roadside Park
Just north of Lexington, in the little harbor town of Port Sanilac, is Lake Huron Roadside Park. The park sits high on a bluff overlooking Lake Huron, along the M-25 highway that skirts the Michigan shore, and boasts some of the most spectacular Lake Huron scenery south of the Mackinac Bridge.
Patrick Tierney Beach/ Lexington State Harbor
Located in charming Lexington, this the beach is one of the best beaches in southeast Michigan. Just over an hour from metro Detroit, it’s a great place to getaway without having to go too far.
You’ll find a wide, soft sand beach and walkable pier that reaches out into the sparkling blue Lake Huron waters. You’ll also find a playground and restroom facilities. It’s an easy walk into downtown Lexington, too.
Lakeport State Park
This is a very popular southeast Michigan camping spot that stretches into two parks separated by the M-25 highway. On the beach side, the where the day use park is, you’ll find a pebbly beach that’s still great for swimming and splashing the shallow waters along the shoreline.
Lighthouse Beach and Park in Port Huron
Historic Lighthouse Park also has a wide, sandy beach and a really cool view of the Blue Water Bridge.
Located on the ground of the parks is the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse, Michigan’s oldest lighthouse. You’ll find a playground and picnic tables, as well as grills and a clean restrooms.
This beach is a favorite with beachcombers who walk this stretch of Lake Huron shoreline looking for cool rocks and beach glass, and they have a lot of luck, too. If you’re a rockhound, you’ll want to check this spot out.
Lake Huron Facts
If you’ve never seen Lake Huron before, you might be surprised at the sheer size of this massive Great Lake. In fact, it’s the third largest freshwater lake in the world. The key word there is “freshwater.”
That means there is no salt, and no sharks in Lake Huron. You do, however, have to take caution in this beautiful lake. Rip currents and rough waves can be dangerous, be sure to educate yourself about Great Lake water safety.
While the water temperature during the late summer months can get to around 70 degrees, it is much colder in the late fall, winter and spring.
Lake Huron is also home to many picturesque lighthouses! If you’re thinking about taking a Lake Huron Lighthouse tour, use out guide to the best Lake Huron lighthouses.
More Michigan Beaches
You’ll find some of the most beautiful beaches in the entire country in Michigan. You can read our guide to the 28 best Michigan beaches for more, or check out our guide to Lake Michigan for more information.