When you imagine walking on a beach at sunset with bright white sand and clear turquoise water, you might see yourself in Hawaii or the Bahamas, but you can do that in Michigan too. Fisherman's Island State Park has all of the natural wonders of a tropical beach with the benefit of only being a few hours away. It's an amazing day trip to take with your BFFs. 

Even though you will definitely feel the island vibes that the name indicates while you're visiting, it's actually a large section of Lake Michigan's coast. It gives miles of lake access that hasn't been spoiled by development or residences. 

The northern shore is the location of many campsites, including some nestled into the actual dunes. The daily beach is further to the south near the main parking lot. 

The hiking trail options depend on whether you plan to camp, to swim, or simply walk in nature. You'll be right next to the day-use area when you park. There is a 3.6-mile hiking trail as well as a 10-mile one.

This state park is less than a ten-minute drive from downtown Charlevoix where you can see some beautiful architecture and get something delicious for lunch. 

Once you hike to your perfect beach spot, you can hunt for Petoskey stones; the fossilized coral stones are abundant at this park. 

The water is so clear that you can clearly see the large boulders at the bottom. Be warned, the water will be pretty chilly until the sun thoroughly warms it up in mid-August. 

Your first dive into the water might be shockingly cold, but it will definitely cool you down on a hot day. 

This beautiful state park gives you a peek into the oasis that Lake Michigan was meant to be. 

Fisherman's Island State Park

Price: A state recreation pass is required to enter in a car. They cost $11 and can be added to your license plate. 

Address: Bell's Bay Rd., Charlevoix, MI

Why You Need To Go: This park is really close to the beautiful city of Charlevoix and has some of the clearest turquoise water in the state. The beach is the ideal spot to toss a frisbee around with some friends while enjoying the splendor of Lake Michigan. 


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.


 

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