Ludington State Park evening scenes
April 1, 2010
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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