Traverse City Beaches

Traverse City beaches line the shores of Lake Michigan and hundreds of deep inland lakes with clear water. With more than 180 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, clear water and soaring dunes, Traverse City is the perfect gateway for beach vacations in Michigan. When summer arrives, northern Michigan’s beaches fill with locals and visitors alike who want to experience the sun on their shoulders and the sand beneath their toes. With so many beaches along the big lake and the 150 inland lakes at least ten acres big, it’s possible to find a beach in Traverse City that perfectly suites your style. If you like to be where all the action is, there’s a beach serving as the gateway to surfing and other watersports. For those who think that secluded beaches are the best, there are plenty of sandy spots where you can quietly connect with nature. 

Traverse City State Park

Traverse City State Park
Traverse City State Park

When talking about the best Traverse City beaches, the state park often appears at the top of the list. Nestled along the shores of the scenic East Bay—what the locals call Grand Traverse Bay—is the Keith J. Charters Traverse City State Park. Its sugar-sand beach stretches on for some 700 feet, and the state park features all the amenities beachcombers need, including a bathhouse, picnic area, and concession stand. Beyond the shores, the park offers plenty to discover, including boat rentals and hiking trails. The 47-acre site, just two miles from downtown, is also one of the most popular choices for Michigan camping. Both the park and campground are open to enjoy year-round, during the popular summertime National Cherry Festival, the fall color season, and beyond.

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