Beaches

  • Empire Village Beach - Boasting a covered picnic pavilion & playground equipment Empire’s beach is a hub for family’s making a day of it. Head west on M22 toward Empire, then a quick left on Niagara, and drive to the water.
  • North Bar Lake - The creek between North Bar and Lake Michigan was made for skim boarding, sand dams, and general splashing around. From Voice Road north of Empire, take N. Bar Lake Road to Larahr Road—park and shuffle along the boardwalk to bliss.
  • Glen Haven Beach - After visiting the historic village of Glen Haven hit the beach near the Cannery Boathouse Museum. From Glen Arbor, drive west on M109, then turn right onto Glen Haven Road.
  • Port Oneida Beach - Along with Glen Haven beach, some of the bluest water in Lake Michigan. Access this beach from a new stairway descending the steep dunes. From Glen Arbor, drive east 4 miles to Port Oneida Road, then take a soft left on Lane Road. Where we got engaged!
  • Good Harbor Beach - Views of North Manitou Island, huge swathes of soft sand and a softly-sloping, kid-friendly beach; perfect for a sunset bonfire. Take either County Rd 669 (Bohemian Rd) or 651 (Good Harbor Trail) from M22 near north corner of the Dunes parkland.