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.

Norman F Kruse Park

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.

Nordhouse Dunes

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.

Grand Haven City Beach

Leashed dogs are allowed on the beach South of the swim buoys from Memorial Day - Labor Day before 11am and after 5pm. 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

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.
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