Top Dog Friendly Beaches in Michigan

Dog friendly beaches are heaven on earth for Fido. And since sandy paws equal happy dogs, we’ve sniffed out the best beaches in Michigan where dogs can run, swim, and frolic in the sand. Use the links/map below to find a dog-friendly beach in Michigan.

Nordhouse Dunes

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Nordhouse Dunes offers miles of trails to explore on the shore of Lake Michigan. Natural features include sand dunes, wooded areas, marshes, interdunal ponds, and beaches. Dogs must be leashed at all times while exploring Nordhouse Dunes. Leashed, well-behaved dogs are also permitted in the campground. Dogs are not permitted on the swimming beach.

Norman F Kruse Park

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There is a dog beach at the Northern end of the park. Dogs must be leashed in the sand, but are allowed off-leash in the water. The dog-friendly area is clearly marked, so pay close attention to the signs to avoid being ticketed.

Grand Haven City Beach

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Leashed dogs are allowed on the beach South of the swim buoys (to the left of the Bill-Mar Restaurant if looking from the road Memorial Day though Labor Day). Dogs must be kept on a 6 foot leash and never left unattended. After Labor Day through Memorial Day, dogs are allowed on any part of the Grand Haven City Beach. The beach is Located just South of Grand Haven State Park.

Grand Mere State Park

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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.

South Higgins Lake State Park

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Rated one of the nicest lakes in the world!! It's gorgeous there and the water is crystal clear!! Theres 2 fenced off areas for the dogs to swim in. It was an amazing time I loved it!!!!

Stony Creek Metro Park

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Pets love the chance to join you on-leash at this popular park full of hiking trails and beaches. They're allowed everywhere except designated beaches.

Mill Pond Dog Park

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If your pet needs to cool off, bring them down to this waterfront off-leash dog park. Fenced on three sides with river access on the fourth.

North Point Beach

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This dog friendly beach is on Lake Michigan near Portage Lake. It offers a beautiful beach and pier where dogs are welcome!

Lake Michigan Shoreline

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The Lake Michgan Shoreline in Mackinaw City is one of the most beautiful and relaxing places to bring Fido for a walk. Chasing the waves will entertain your dog, and the breeze is very soothing too.

Manistee Dog Park at Douglas Recreation Area

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Your pet will love the chance to run off-leash at this fenced, 1/2-acre dog park near the beach with a shaded area and picnic tables. Although the dog park is near the beach, there is no water access.

Warren Dunes State Park

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Warren Dunes State Park has a beautiful beach right on Lake Michigan. Dogs are allowed in the campground, forested trails, and boardwalks, but they are no longer allowed on the sand or in the water.

Kirk Park Dog Beach

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The southernmost area of Kirk Park on Lake Michigan Beach is now an off-leash area for dogs where people can play and swim with their dogs. The dog beach is divided from the non-dog beach with a fence. There is clean sand and water, without rocks, debris, mud, seaweed, or grass. Waste bags provided on-site. A quarter-mile walk from the parking lot to the beach, culminating in a staircase, so maneuvering with strollers is a bit tough. Vehicle Permit: Ottawa County residents - $5/day or $15/annual pass Non-Residents: $7/day or $25/annual pass. Parking fees in effect from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Buttersville Beach & Campground

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Beautiful campground with beach access and a public beach next door. Best beach in Ludington!

East Tawas State Park

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In the East Tawas State park, they have the people beach, and the pet beach. The dog beach is amazing! About 1,000 yards of water that is maybe 12-18" deep!

Ruedisale Pointe Park

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Located at the end of Ruedisale Street. Park hours are 8:00 am to dusk. This park features swings, slides, picnic tables, a grill, trees and a gravel parking area with portable restrooms supplied during summer months. This is a pet friendly park. Leashed pets are allowed. Please be considerate and clean up after your pet!

Hagar Beach

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Lovely public beach with miles of Lake Michigan shoreline walking access. There is a stair case down to the beach with several benches along the 100 or so step stair case. A large parking lot, a picnic park with bathroom, tables, playground and large trees on the bluff. Poop bags in holder at entrance to park and beach staircase.

Dog Friendly Beach at Douglas Recreation Area

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Douglas Park offers a dog-friendly beach area between the pier heads. The entrance is located next to the Rotary Observation Deck. Please make sure to follow all rules for the dog beach.

Glenwood Beach

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Glenwood bra his at the end of Glenwood Beach Drive or is also accessible from Lake Charlevoix. Leashed dogs welcome. The beach is also really shallow so it's great for dogs and young kids. Just be careful of the drop off. It goes from 3 feet deep to 60 feet deep within steps.

Bay Front Park

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City park that allows dogs in the water on leash.

Lake Michigan Beach

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Near Sleeping Bear Dunes in Glen Arbor is an outstanding dog friendly beach. Dogs are allowed on the east end of the beach. If you haven't been to Sleeping Bear Dunes, it's one of Good Moring America's 10 most beautiful places in America. (including Hawaii) We found 2 beaches near there, I posted both, the other is the beach near Leland. If your dog loves to swim, both of these are fantastic.

Loomis Street Dog Beach

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About 50 yards of sandy beach located just South of the boat ramp area. Restroom, trash can, doggie bags and channel walking loop are nearby.

Good Harbor Bay Beach

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Beautiful Lake Michigan Dog Friendly Beach on Good Harbor Bay near Traverse City and Suttons Bay in Michigan's lower peninsula. Glen Harbor Trail is very hard to find but worth asking someone.

Mears State Park

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Dogs are not allowed ON the beach, but there is a sidewalk above the beach they can be on leash. If you walk down right next to the pier and stay away from the state park area (should be a sign) dogs can be on a leash and walk down the pier and back.

First Street Beach

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First Street Beach, located within Douglas Park, is dog-friendly throughout much of the year. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, though, dogs are not permitted on the beach at any time. Dogs should be kept leashed at all times in accordance with city ordinances.

Roadside Park

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Located on Blue Star Highway just south of Van Buren County line, this natural dune beach park is offers easy access to the Lake Michigan shoreline where dogs can take a dip. There are waste bag dispensers available.