The Escanaba Municipal Beach is located at Ludington Park on Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc. The beach’s proximity to attractions like the Sand Point Lighthouse and the Delta County Historical Museum makes it a great choice for visitors to Escanaba.
Escanaba Municipal Beach is located on a small island connected to the mainland by a road and a bike path. The beach features a bath house with changing rooms, showers and bathrooms. There is playground and a picnic area, and just down the road is a boat launch and handicapped accessible fishing pier.
Escanaba Municipal Beach is open from June to mid-August, with Red Cross Certified Lifeguards watching over the water from noon to evening each day.
Loren W Jenkins Memorial Dr
Escanaba, MI 49829
Another Escanaba beach option is the sand beach at Portage Point Marsh. The beach is located on Portage Point, a narrow strip of land that extends two miles into Lake Michigan. Although there are no facilities, the beach is roomy, has a parking area, a launch area for canoes and other small boats and allows leashed pets.
A raised dike serves as a footpath and visitors can walk through the marshy area and try to catch a glimpse of the wildlife found in the area, such as terns, wading birds, small mammals, frogs and turtles.
The beach is located at the west end of Portage Point Drive.
For 70 years the lantern of the Sand Point Lighthouse guided ships in and out of the Escanaba Port, and for another 40 years it served as a residence for the Coast Guard. Today visitors can tour the lighthouse, which has been restored to its original appearance.
During the 19th century the railroad carried lumber and iron ore unearthed in the Upper Peninsula’s mines to the Lake Michigan port at Escanaba, from where it was shipped to destinations throughout the Great Lakes Region. The railroad was completed in 1864, and in 1868 the Sand Point Lighthouse opened to alert the ships traveling in and out of the busy port to a dangerous spit of land jutting out into the bay.
The first lighthouse keeper was a woman, Mary Terry, who kept the job until her mysterious death in a fire in 1886. In total, nine light keepers lived in the lighthouse until it was deactivated in 1939.
Today visitors can tour the restored rooms where the light keepers and their families once lived then climb up to the lantern to enjoy beautiful views of the bay.
The Sand Point Lighthouse is located in Ludington Park, near the Municipal Beach and the Delta County Historical Museum, and is open to visitors between Memorial Day and October 1st.
Sand Point Lighthouse
16 Beaumier Way
Escanaba, MI 49829