Hamlin Lake Area
Things to Do

Let's see--we have boating, fishing, canoeing, swimming, hiking--and what else? There's such a variety of things to keep you entertained while you're in the Hamlin Lake area, just four miles north of Ludington! Put your boat in the water at one of Hamlin Lake's launches, or rent a boat and motor from a local marina, then explore Hamlin Lake's beautiful shoreline from the water. Park your boat at the sand dunes for sunning and swimming on Hamlin's northern beach or pull in at shore at the Ludington State Park for a picnic lunch and a leisurely hike on one of the marked trails. Enjoy an evening of music at Shagway Arts Barn or catch a summer concert nearby. Boredom is never a problem around Hamlin Lake.

Check out the Festivals & Events page for a perpetual calendar of monthly events, the Calendar of Events page for dates and times, and the Family Friendly Events page for fun things to do for families and kids!

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Hamlin Lake Boat Rentals
Amber Elk Ranch
2688 W. Conrad Road, Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 843-5355
Family fun for all ages! Take a wagon ride tour through 130 acres of pastureland to see huge bull elk, cows, spikers, and calves up close...a unique memory your family won't forget! Browse our gift shop, the Antler Shed. Don't miss the Saturday BBQ, also try our Premium Elk Meat and jerky!
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Dune Grass Concessions and Watercraft Rentals
Located in the Cedar Camp Store at Ludington State Park, Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 843-1888
Offering the largest selection of watercraft rentals to explore beautiful Hamlin Lake, including paddle boats, canoes, kayaks, tandem kayaks, stand up paddle boards and rowboats. Also fishing and camping supplies, grocery and personal items, clothing, beach supplies/toys, and tubes to float the Sable River. Open seven days a week mid-May through October.
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Historic White Pine Village
Hamlin Lake Boat Rentals
at Sauble Resort, 3451 N. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 843-8497
Cruise the Dunes! Explore Hamlin Lake's beauty from the water by renting a pontoon, jet ski or fishing boat. Pull the kids tubing behind a luxury pontoon for hours of entertainment. Visit sand dunes where the only access is by boat. Available by the hour, day, week.
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Port of Ludington Maritime Museum
Historic White Pine Village
1687 S. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 843-4808
"Bringing History to Life!" A step back in time in a picturesque setting for the entire family. Tour historic buildings. Visit the old-fashioned ice cream parlor. Interact with characters in period costume as they provide a 1st-person interpretation of pioneer life in the late 1800's/early 1900's. Special events throughout summer and fall.
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Inspired Parties
Located in Ludington, Serving West Michigan, (231) 510-2528
A traveling paint studio offering a unique night out! Flex your creative muscles while our artist guides you step-by-step in the creation of your very own masterpiece. We offer public events-partnering with local businesses. Or host a private party for family and friends in the venue of your choice.
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Lake Michigan Carferry
P.O. Box 708, Ludington, MI 49431, (800) 841-4243
Big Ship, More Fun! The SS Badger is the largest operating passenger steamship in the United States. At 410' she provides a fun, reliable cruise experience across Lake Michigan. Enjoy free entertainment, movies, food, shopping, and more. Cars, RVs, and motorcycles travel with you. Groups, car and motorcycle club discounts available.
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Lake Michigan Sand Dunes
If you love the thrill of climbing a sand dune and enjoying a beautiful panoramic vista, then visit this website about Lake Michigan's most popular sand dunes including Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness, Silver Lake Sand Dunes, and more. Pure Michigan sugar beach sand, clear waters, magnificent sunsets...discover Lake Michigan Sand Dunes.
Lakeshore Family Guide
What's a family to do in West Michigan? We've got the answer at Lakeshore Family Guide, a local website which highlights fun, wholesome, and inexpensive activities for children and families. Includes details about kids programs at the library, mini golf courses, petting zoos, the best beaches, and so much more!
Ludington Area Center for the Arts
107 S. Harrison, Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 845-2787
This historic building is a venue for art exhibitions, performances, writers’ forums and workshops. We also feature our gift shop, which is home to a wide range of art and gifts created by 70 different Michigan-based artists and crafters. We are a proud sponsor of the West Shore Art Fair in July.
Ludington Area Disc Golf
The Ludington area has seven different courses to choose from. Mason County Park is the site for three 24-hole courses: Beauty, Beast, and Goliath. Just off Jebavy Drive is Leviathan, The Edge is in Scottville's Riverside Park, Labyrinth is located at West Shore Community College and Flip City is in Shelby.
Ludington Area Jaycees Mini Golf
900 W. Ludington Ave., Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 843-4663
Newly renovated in 2017, the Ludington Area Jaycees Mini Golf Course has 18 holes dedicated to the "Landmarks of Ludington". Putt-putt for a purpose as profits from the course are donated back to community enrichment projects and organizations. Open noon-9pm daily, Memorial Day-Labor Day. Owned by the local Jaycees organization.
Ludington Fishing Reports
The Ludington area offers some of the best fishing in West Michigan. This website includes information you need about Lake Michigan charter boat captains, river charters, boat/motor rentals, launches, marine weather, bait/tackle shops, ice fishing, and more. Current local fishing reports for Ludington, Hamlin Lake, Pere Marquette River, Pentwater, and Manistee.
Parrot's Landing
8110 W. Hazel Rd., Mears (Silver Lake), MI 49436, (231) 873-8400
Enjoy Silver Lake and the sand dunes at Parrot's Landing. Our recreational rentals provide thrills on sand or water. Rent or take a guided tour in a 4-door Jeep Wrangler. Ski boats with tow tubes and jet skis are also available for rent by the half day or full day.
Performing Arts
Come experience the magic and pleasure of performing arts. Our current series of music, theater and specialty acts offer a delightful diversion from the everyday. Relax and unwind with quality performances, proudly presented by local and well-known talent.
Port of Ludington Maritime Museum
217 S. Lakeshore Dr., (next to the Coast Guard Station), Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 425-9090
Celebrate and remember Ludington's rich maritime history at the Port of Ludington Maritime Museum, where visitors will be entertained and enlightened with interactive exhibits and virtual experiences. Located within a former US Coast Guard Station, the museum is a landmark on the National Register of Historic Places and opened in 2017.
Scottville Area Senior Center
140 S. Main St., Scottville, MI 49454, (231) 757-4705
At the Scottville Area Senior Center, we're loving life at every age! We invite Boomers and Seniors to enjoy our fun weekly activities, kayaking, daily lunches, and many services. Stop by and pick up a Monthly Newsletter or give us a call to find out what's happening. Open Monday-Friday.
Shagway Arts Barn
5949 Shagway Rd., Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 970-0222
Experience and explore the arts, nature, and history at Shagway Arts Barn! There are many activities at the Arts Barn from May-October, including live music, dog-friendly nature trails, and a barn full of art from over 20 local artists! The Arts Barn is also available for special events and weddings.
West Michigan Golf Courses
The beauty of our blue lakes can only be matched by the rolling green landscape of our numerous golf courses. All along the Lake Michigan shoreline you'll find golf courses that challenge you, relax you, and offer wonderful scenic views. This website features details about golf courses from Manistee, Mason and Oceana counties. Fore!



For more activities & attractions, check out these additional links for Things to Do in West Michigan:


West Michigan Map
Ludington Activities & Things to Do -- Play on a beautiful beach, take a tour at Historic White Pine Village, or explore the barn quilt trail, murals or sculptures in the county--Ludington offers many fun things to do for the entire family!
Have Fun in Manistee, Michigan -- Explore Manistee's historic downtown district and riverwalk, hike the Manistee National Forest, canoe on the Manistee River, and more.
Hamlin Lake -- Just 4 miles north of Ludington, Hamlin Lake is a great destination for boating, fishing and climbing dunes! The Hamlin Lake shoreline is also part of the Ludington State Park.
Silver Lake Sand Dunes -- Visiting the Silver Lake Sand Dunes makes for a terrific vacation because you can take your off-road vehicle for a spin on the scenic sand dunes overlooking Lake Michigan and Silver Lake.
Things to Do in Pentwater, Michigan -- Nothing is quite like the quaint, artsy, harbortown village of Pentwater. Don't miss the popular Charles Mears State Park beach on Pentwater's Lake Michigan shoreline.
Lots of Activities in Scottville, Michigan -- Explore the Riverside Park along the National Scenic Pere Marquette River.
Canoeing or Fishing on the Pere Marquette River -- Many boat liveries offer canoe rentals.
Also, check out West Michigan Guides and our locally produced WestMichigan.MichBiz.com directory for our largest lists of Things to Do in West Michigan.





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