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.

Pet Friendly Norman F Kruse Park
Norman F Kruse Park Norman F Kruse Park is pet-friendly. 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. The dog beach is no longer accessible via the boardwalk due to high water and erosion. They have had to remove several levels of the boardwalk because it was falling into the lake. The park is open, but there is now a 20 foot cliff/steep sand dune when you get to the water. See Details
Pet Friendly Grand Mere 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. See Details
Grand Haven City Beach Leashed dogs are allowed on the beach south of the swim buoys from Memorial Day - Labor Day (only before 11am and after 5pm). Dogs must always be kept on a 6-foot leash and never left unattended. From Labor Day through Memorial Day, leashed dogs are allowed on any part of the Grand Haven City Beach. The beach is located just South of Grand Haven State Park. See Details
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. See Details
Warren Dunes State Park Warren Dunes State Park has a beautiful beach right on Lake Michigan. Dogs are allowed in the campground, forested trails, boardwalks, and north of the northernmost swim buoy at the beach which provides two and a half miles of Lake Michigan shoreline. Pets must be on a six-foot leash and under an owner's immediate control at all times. All pet waste must be properly disposed of in trash receptacles. See Details
Hagar Beach 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. See Details
Kirk Park Dog Beach 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 per day or $15 per annual pass; Non-Residents: $7 per day or $25 per annual pass. Parking fees are in effect from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Dogs are welcome on the beach from 7am to 10am and 7pm to 10pm. See Details
Mill Pond Dog Park 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. See Details
North Point Beach This dog friendly beach is on Lake Michigan near Portage Lake. It offers a beautiful beach and pier where dogs are welcome! See Details
Lake Michigan Beach 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. See Details
Buttersville Park & Campground Beautiful campground with beach access and a public beach next door. Best beach in Ludington! See Details
Roadside Park 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. See Details
Kirk Park Kirk Park has sixty-eight acres of sandy beach, high bluffs and wooded dunes along the Lake Michigan shoreline. Dog lovers will delight in the new off-leash beach at the southernmost area of the park. The area is accessible from the south beach stairs, and dogs must remain on a leash to and from the off-leash beach. There are also nature hiking trails with scenic wooden stairways leading to dune overlooks. See map of dog beach area: https://www.miottawa.org/Parks/pdf/dog_beach_handout.pdf March 1 through October 15 – 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. October 16 through February 28 – 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. https://www.miottawa.org/Parks/pdf/dog_beach_handout.pdf See Details
Ruedisale Pointe Park Located at the end of Ruedisale Street, this park is pet-friendly. This park features swings, slides, picnic tables, a grill, trees and a gravel parking area with portable restrooms supplied during summer months. Leashed pets are allowed, as long as all mess is cleaned up after them. The opening times are from 8am until dusk. See Details
Dog Friendly Beach at Douglas Recreation Area 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. See Details
East Tawas State Park 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! See Details
Manistee Dog Park at Douglas Recreation Area 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. See Details
Loomis Street Dog Beach 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. See Details
Bayfront Park Leashed dogs are welcome at this city park. See Details
Pilgrim Haven Natural Area Pilgrim Haven Natural Area is pet-friendly. Dogs are welcome to join their owners on a leash, as long as all mess is cleaned up after them. Adjacent to the beach, you and your pooch will find an easy trail through woods and meadows that leads to Lake Michigan overlooks and barrier-free paved access to the beach. The beach is open every day of the week from 6:30am to 10:00pm. See Details
Mears State Park 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. See Details
Glenwood Beach 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. See Details
First Street Beach 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. See Details
Zoll Street Beach Located on Little Traverse Bay, Zoll Street Beach is a perfect spot for Fido to swim or romp in the sun and sand. Close to town, the beach is also known for being a great spot to launch kayaks and stand up paddle boards. Mutt mitts are provided by the city for easy cleanup. See Details