Duck Lake State Park is the Perfect Beach for Kids and Families

4733 N. Scenic Dr. | Whitehall MI, 49461

Duck Lake State Park doesn’t make the sweet spot list because of its name.  Rather, it makes the list for its wonderful beach, a channel perfect for little kids and its reasonable proximity to Grand Rapids.

Duck Lake State Park

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Duck Lake has Something for Every Age

Sand dunes, perfect for climbing, beckon the adventurous.

The shallow, warm channel from Duck Lake out to Lake Michigan is perfect for enjoying water play with the little ones, especially since the big lake isn’t always warm enough for swimming.

Duck Lake State Park

The dune climbs here are small enough that most kids and adults can get up them, yet tall enough to reward with spectacular views.

Inland, another part of the park flaunts its style.  A paved half-mile path travels from the channel near Lake Michigan through the woods, past a boat launch on Duck Lake and ends up at a picnic pavilion and beach on Duck Lake.Duck Lake State Park

The beach at Duck Lake is much calmer, with fewer people and fewer waves than on the Big Lake.

Duck Lake is an easy, exciting day trip for families!

Helpful Info

Duck Lake State Park is located in Whitehall at 4733 N. Scenic Dr.

  • There are a few restrooms available. The restrooms have concrete floors, and there are no changing tables.
  • You’ll need the yearly recreation passport ($11) to park in the State Park parking lot. Otherwise, you can try for one of the limited parking spots along the channel road.
  • There are sandbars on the Lake Michigan shore, which are perfect for kids jump in the waves in shallow water.
  • Label your sand toys! The shallow play area attracts many toys, and they float off easily in the channel.
  • Pack a cooler – there is no place to purchase snacks or beverages.
  • No shade available – bring a beach tent or umbrella.
  • The walk from the car is a little bit of a hike, so be prepared for that.
  • There is no playground.
  • Expect approximately 1 hour of travel time from downtown Grand Rapids.

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