Best Lake Beach: Petoskey State Park

Petoskey State Park - Smile

Petoskey State Park – Smile, photo by Brian Gudas

TV 9&10 News reports that Weather Channel viewers have named the beach at Petoskey State Park as the Best Lake Beach in America.

The Michigan DNR’s page on Petoskey State Park explains that:

Petoskey State Park, located on the north end of Little Traverse Bay, is situated on 303 scenic acres and offers a beautiful sandy beach on the bay. The park has two separate modern campgrounds. Tannery Creek offers 98 campsites, and Dunes offers 70 campsites.

The park land was originally deeded to Pay-Me-Gwau under an Ottawa Indian treaty in July of 1855. Later, much of the land was the site of the W.W. Rice Company. In 1934, the City of Petoskey purchased the land and named it the Petoskey Bathing Beach. In April of 1968, the beach was sold to the State of Michigan. On May 21, 1969, the state was given the title to the land. The campground opened its sites to the first campers in July of 1970.

Check Brian’s photo out on black and in his North Camping Trip slideshow.

You can see some more shots in the Petoskey State Park slideshow from the Absolute Michigan pool, and more great Michigan beaches from Michigan in Pictures.

What do you think? What’s your favorite beach in Michigan?

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