Ludington State Park evening scenes

April 1, 2010

Sunset on Lake Michigan at Ludington State Park. A tug-barge unit heads toward the Ludington Harbor 6 miles to the south of the park.
Sunset on Lake Michigan at Ludington State Park. A tug-barge unit heads toward the Ludington Harbor 6 miles to the south of the park.
The park's CCC-built beachhouse is still closed following winter.
The park's CCC-built beachhouse is still closed following winter.
Beachgrass is an important dune builder on the Great Lakes shorelines. It's tough ... and pretty.
Beachgrass is an important dune builder on the Great Lakes shorelines. It's tough ... and pretty.
A fishing boat seeks brown trout off the second or third sandbar.
A fishing boat seeks brown trout off the second or third sandbar.
Looking toward Lake Michigan from the drive approaching the beachhouse.
Looking toward Lake Michigan from the drive approaching the beachhouse.
A tree is silhoutted at sunset.
A tree is silhoutted at sunset.
The Big Sable River outlet to Lake Michigan makes a good reflecting pool. In summer it can be filled with people tubing the river. In fall it can be filled with salmon and salmon fishermen and women.
The Big Sable River outlet to Lake Michigan makes a good reflecting pool. In summer it can be filled with people tubing the river. In fall it can be filled with salmon and salmon fishermen and women.

60 minutes, Ludington State Park style

 

April 1, 2010

Ludington State Park is often called the Queen of Michigan State Parks -- and that's saying a lot since the state has about 90 state parks throughout both peninsulas encompassing some of the prettiest shores of the Great Lakes, inland lakes and streams, forests, grasslands and even urban parks.

Someday I'll do a hub on the entirety of Ludington State Park. It encompasses more than 5,000 acres, with several miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, it is home to the historic Big Sable Point Lighthouse. On the east it borders one of Michigan's top inland fishing lakes, Hamlin Lake.

The Big Sable River dissects the park as it runs from the dam that helps create Hamlin Lake to Lake Michigan. Upwards of 20,000 salmon run the in fall but are blocked by the dam about a mile upstream from the Big Lake.

There's a large campground, one of the most popular in Michigan. (It's actually three campgrounds.) 

There's a grand old beach house built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. It's an icon of the park, though in need of repairs after more than 60 years of sandblasting sitting on the Lake Michigan shoreline just south of Big Sable Point, deemed the windiest spot on the lake by University of Michigan researchers some years back.

This is but a brief introduction to a wonderful place of great beauty, great serenity and home to what many national publications have declared a top 10 spot in the U.S. to watch sunsets.

This series of photos were taken in a 60 minute visit April 1. The sunset, by Ludington standards, was nice, but not one of the best.

Still, it hints at the beauty of this spot where sand meets lake and where the setting sun departs many a night in a blaze of glory.

Enjoy. I did.

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Rose Kolowinski 6 years ago

A beautiful place. Great pictures. I especially like the beachgrass photo and the last one has gorgeous colors!


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Yard of nature 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Rose, thanks. Late light on the lake is a wonderful thing to enjoy. I sip it in like something to savor.

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