Perhaps one of Southwest Michigan’s most popular swimming beaches, Silver Beach County Park stretches 2,450 feet from the mouth of the St. Joseph River to Park Street. Silver Beach is renowned for its clean, wide, soft sandy beach and refreshing freshwater. And it’s walkable from downtown St. Joseph! Access the pier for a beautiful view of Lake Michigan, the mouth of the St. Joseph River, and the North Pier Lighthouse (accessible from Tiscornia Park). It is one of the best places to watch for boats, Great Lakes freighters, and sunsets.
Grand Mere State Park
Along the Lake Michigan shoreline. Adjacent to Lincoln Township Park, this 371-acre nature area is a favorite spot for “birders.” As part of the 1,000-acre Grand Mere State Park, Grand Mere Nature Area offers a variety of settings for studying the outdoors, including sand dunes, beach woods, an old lake bed, a hemlock swamp and cranberry bog. Visitors will enjoy hiking or cross-country skiing the trails and observing a variety of native birds and mammals throughout the seasons. Directions: I-94 exit 22, west on Grand Mere Rd, then south 7/10 mile on Thorton Dr. Follow signs.
Jean Klock Park
Lake Michigan swimming, paved parking, boardwalk, volleyball courts, observation tower, pavilion, bathhouse, concession area, playground and picnic shelter. Directions: From St Joseph, take M-63 north approx 1 mile. Turn left, follow Klock Rd .2 miles. Turn right, follow Jean Drive .2 miles to park entrance.
Located off Exit 27 of I-94 below the bluff in downtown St. Joseph, south on Lions Park Drive. Sheltered pavilions, parking and sidewalks. (No lifeguard on duty). Playground, picnic areas, restrooms and a superb view of St. Joseph’s piers and lighthouse.
Rocky Gap Park
Swimming, picnicking and scenic view, three acres along 1100 feet of shoreline. No restrooms or lifeguard on duty. Directions: From St Joseph, take M-63 north approx 2 miles. Turn left, follow Rock Gap Rd to Park .5 miles.
Warren Dunes State Park
A summertime favorite, Warren Dunes State Park offers 1,507 acres of dunes and lakefront camping. Open year-round, the park offers camping and hunting in the Fall, cross-country skiing in the Winter, and picnicking, sailboarding, swimming, hiking, and hang-gliding in the Summer. 197 campsites with electricity, hot and cold running water, showers, bathrooms and fire circles make the park ideal for family camping. Children will enjoy the variety of playground equipment and the organizational youth area for 150 people. Directions: I-94 Exit 16, three miles southeast of Bridgman on Red Arrow Hwy.
Weko Beach features a modern beach house with concessions stand, camping, changing areas, restrooms, a cold outdoor shower, a boat launch directly into Lake Michigan and volleyball nets. There is also a beautiful boardwalk, two dune overlooks and the playing of ‘Taps’ at dusk on summer evenings. Leashed pets allowed only in campground. We take reservations on cabins only, entrance fee required. Directions: Located off Exit 16 of I-94, then north on Red Arrow Highway and west on Lake Street in Bridgman.
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