Save Your Sanity: Best Beaches In + Around Detroit

Are you looking for great beaches and lakes closer to home this summer? While many people think that the best beaches and lakes for swimming in Michigan are the Great Lakes to the north, and the sandy beaches to the west, I’m here to tell you that Southeast Michigan also hosts its fair share of outdoor beauty, beaches, lakes and water-related fun! The best part of all? Not a single shark!

After this spring and the ensuing pandemic, I think we’re all itching to practice a little social distancing in the great outdoors. I surveyed our readers, writers, and did a little digging to figure out the best beaches and swimming areas in and around Detroit. Lather up that sunscreen, pack up the kids, and let’s head for the beaches!

Beaches In + Around Detroit:

Camp Dearborn | Milford

Sterling State Park | Monroe

Groveland Oaks County Park | Holly

Seven Lakes State Park | Holly

Bald Mountain Recreation Area | Lake Orion

Independence Oaks County Park | Clarkston

Proud Lake Recreation Area | Commerce

Kensington Metropark | Milford

Belle Isle | Detroit

Lakeport Beach | Burtchville Township

Lakeshore Park | Novi

Jefferson Beach Marina | St. Clair Shores

Metro Beach Metropark | Lake St. Clair

Van Buren Park | Van Buren Township

Lakeside Beach | Port Huron

Brighton Recreation Area | Brighton

Lake St. Clair Metropark | Harrison Township

Martindale Beach | Milford

Spring Mill Pond Beach | Green Oak Township

Stony Creek | Shelby Township

Sterling State Park | Monroe

Thelma G. Spencer Park | Rochester Hills

Island Lake Recreation Area | Brighton

Lighthouse Beach and Park | Port Huron

Lexington Public Beach | Lexington

Mercer Beach | Walled Lake

Tell us in the comments: what are your favorite beaches in the area?


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