Beaches & Dunes

Choose from the following to find a site:


Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area - view of the dunes from the top of a hill with Lake Michigan in the distance.There are many recreation sites on the forest that have swimming beaches available.  The Forest Service does not staff lifeguards, and swimming is done at your own risk.

Offering many recreation sites with swimming and beaches, the Huron-Manistee offers the most unique and extremely fragile coastal dune ecosystem, not found anywhere else in the world, at the Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area

By clicking on Beachcombing and/or Sand Play above you will be directed to more detailed listings of the available recreation sites listed below that require a recreation or concession day use fee, and some that are open access. 

The sites listed below charge a fee.  Any sites listed in italics also have drinking water.

Table listing areas that require a recreation or Concession day use fee:

Parent Location Recreation Site
Corsair Area Round Lake
Sand Lake Day Use
Hoist/Reid Lake Areas Jewell Lake
Lake Michigan Lake Michigan Recreation Area
Hoags Lake
Nurnberg Trailhead
M-55 - Cadillac to Wellston Sand Lake Recreation Area
Pine National Scenic River Peterson Bridge South
Wagner Lake Area Island Lake
Loon Lake
Wagner Lake
Wakeley Lake Area Kneff Lake

Look for this sign when you enter the site: Recreation Fee Symbol - Sign at Recreation Sites

Passes can be paid for at the site by using a fee envelope, located near the bulletin board or can be purchased from a Forest Service Office or vendor.  For more information on which passes are available and which pass will best suit your needs during your visit,  visit the Passes and Permits section of the website.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities