Grand Mere State Park is characterized by magnificent sand dunes, deep blowouts and one mile of Lake Michigan shoreline. Three inland lakes lie behind the dunes in the undeveloped natural area.

Dogs are permitted. The hike to the beach is long and moderately challenging. This hike results in an secluded beach where you and your dog can enjoy sun and fun.


BringFido Traveler Rating

Grand Mere State Park has received a rating of 4.1 out of 5 bones by 13 dog owners on BringFido.

  • Sep. 30, 2018
    The Best! (But Hard To Find!)

    It was an adventure finding this place but this beach is really a hidden gem. You will have to hike a ways to get to the beach but it is worth the hike. The trails are unmarked, so you might even get lost trying to find the beach. When we got to the beach, we had it all to ourselves - probably because it's so hard to find and we went mid-week in late September. It's a beautiful, clean beach for you and your dog, and if you're lucky like we were, you might have the place all to yourselves.

  • Jul. 06, 2018
    never found the beach

    None of the trails are marked and took the one clearly off from the parking lot- it had signs warning about ticks and such- it lead to a pavilion that was under water and then the trail went on to find the trail was under water- it was late by the time got back to the parking lot and saw a second trail entrance with no signs again- gave up! You get what you pay for- free = 0 beach for us and two dogs

  • May. 13, 2018
    Our dog had a blast!

    We loved this hike! Our dog had so much fun running up and down the dunes and splashing in the water. The dune to climb to get to the beach is moderate but not bad.

  • More than one year ago.
    Loved It! Not for Lazy Slackers!

    If you're Retired & Lazy or just want an EASY walk to the beach with your dog. Forget it... go stay inside your RV and go elsewhere... this is an "Active" approach to an incredibly great stretch of beach on Lake Michigan that a truly active dog deserves!

  • More than one year ago.

    Ventured to Grand Mere in late March in search of a dog friendly beach and was happy to have found this one! Although the hike to the beach was challenging for both dogs and myself, it was well worth it!! Beautiful spacious beach front where they had plenty of room to run and swim. I'm worried about the population of the beach come summer as I can only assume it is a popular spot for dog owners.

  • More than one year ago.
    Great Dog Beach!

    This is an excellent place to take your dog. There is a nice paved path to the dunes. The first dune is by far the biggest and the worst but the reward is the nice beach. The beach is nice and clean and friendly. Our little dog loved swimming and the running in the sand and making new friends!

  • More than one year ago.
    Beautiful place with wonderful people and pets!

    Great place, a bit of a hike through woods, climbing 2 steep sand dunes to get to the beach can be challenging,bring only what you need, some sort of umbrella or shade is good as there is no shade,no bags or cans to put your pups waste in on the beach or restrooms. The whole area is beautiful and very clean, the people who go there really keep it clean and are very nice!

  • More than one year ago.
    fun walk!

    We stopped at this beach on a road trip through Michigan. It is a trek from the parking lot, but beautiful and fun. The water is clear. Our dog loved it!

  • More than one year ago.
    Holy High Honking Sand Dunes

    We arrived on a Sunday morning and were disappointed there were no signs indicating where the beach was. From the map, we found a parking lot and then had a LONG WALK down a paved path then up and over some big monster sand dunes. Thank goodness we are in decent shape and our kids were able to handle it. The beach is just that - a beach; no bathrooms, changing areas, etc. We never saw a ranger/State Park official so our stay was free. More signs/directions are needed. The beach itself was fantastic, if you can get there and back!

  • More than one year ago.
    Beautiful beach and great for dogs

    We took our black lab for a swim and were very pleased. Nice open beach with plenty of room to stake your own space. Our dog had a blast! However, note that getting to the beach is a major hike through the dunes. Not for a dog or human that is out of shape!

  • More than one year ago.
    Couldn't make it

    We drove hours and when we got there we enjoyed the walk through the woods and then we got to the dune - holy cow! This old lady couldn't do it I was afraid of a heart attack in the middle of no where! Felt bad for my dog but we kept driving and he got to enjoy Warren State Dunes. So if you go be prepared for a workout!

  • More than one year ago.
    Great beach for dogs

    We visited the beach with our golden retriever last weekend and it was great. The beach is not very crowded at all, but those who are there all tend to have dogs. The beach is very clean, good sand, and clean water. Bring your own bags for clean up. If you are from out of state, there is a Michigan parks fee that has to be paid before you arrive where you get a sticker to place on your car, otherwise you could be fined if the park ranger does a random sweep. We didn't know this until we arrived and got lucky.

  • More than one year ago.
    All sorts of choices

    Grand Mere is the best! And there's lots of choices depending on your dog's or your physical stamina and weather factors.
    You can walk along the beach - bring bags to clean up after your dog! Or walk along the beach until you get to the dunes and there are tons of paths through the dunes. My dog LOVES to run up and down the sandy trails.
    There are also several trailheads for nature trails around Middle and South Lake. I've walked many of the Middle Lake trails, including one that is paved. It is a beautiful wooded area with views of the lake and surrounding sand dunes. It is good for days that the beach is too cold and windy!

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