West Beach

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Park Facility

Trail Map



Street Address

West Beach Long Lake Trail, Succession Trail, Marquette Bike Trail 041.36.51N 087.13.17W N County Line Road, Portage, 46368

Visitor Activities:

  • Swim in the cool waters of Lake Michigan. Lifeguards are on duty in the summer.
  • Hike through the dunes on the many marked trails.
  • Fish in nearby Long Lake.
  • Bird watch along the shoreline or marked trails.
  • Area opens 7 a.m. and closes 30 minutes past sunset seasonally (Day after Labor through late May)
  • Area opens 8 a.m. and closes 30 minutes past sunset seasonally (Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day)
  • Walk-in traffic, 6 a.m. until sunset, daily
  • Fee charged only in summer
  • Year-round restroom facilities
  • Parking lot can accomodate 596 vehicles (including bus & RV parking spaces)
  • Information board listing current park activities
  • Bath house with showers and lockers (will open on May 22 for the season)

Fun Facts:

  • Southern most tip of Lake Michigan
  • Research area for universities
Driving Directions:
  1. Starting at U.S. 80/94, go north on U.S. 51/Ripley Street 1 mile.
  2. Turn right (east) on Melton Road/U.S. 20 go 0.9 mile.
  3. Turn left (north) on County Line Road and go 1 2/10 mile.
  4. Turn right (east) into the entrance to West Beach and follow road to parking area.

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