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Best Beaches In Metro Detroit

When you live in the Great Lakes State, there’s no shortage of sandy beaches, but most of them require a drive – here are local beaches you can visit in Metro Detroit on those hot summer days!


Lake St. Clair Metropark (Harrison Township)

31300 Metro Parkway, Harrison Township, MI 48045

It’s our favorite beach in metro Detroit. Lake St. Clair offers sandy beaches and crystal blue water. You can also check out the pool and splash bad if you want the trifecta summer effect.


Sterling State Park Beach (Monroe)

2800 State Park Rd, Monroe, MI 48162

Sterling is the only state park on Lake Erie. Dive into the Great Lake and play along the one mile shoreline. While you’re there, explore the 1,300 acre recreation area.


Dodge #4 State Park Beach (Waterford)

4250 Parkway Drive, Waterford MI, 48327

A sandy beach and a one-mile shoreline on Cass Lake makes Dodge #4 State Park an excellent location to soak up the sun.


Belle Isle Beach (Detroit)

2 Inselruhe Ave, Detroit, MI 48207

There’s no better beach view than the city skyline. Watch the boats go by and make a splash in the Detroit River. While you’re on Belle Isle you can also enjoy visits to the Aquarium, Conservatory, Nature Center and Great Lakes Museum.


Deer Lake Beach (Clarkston)

350 White Lake Rd, Village of Clarkston, MI 48346

Relax and enjoy Deer Lake Beach. Please note, in 2020 there will be no life guard on duty or planned programming.


Mercer Beach (Walled Lake)

239 E Walled Lake Dr, Walled Lake, MI 48390

A little beach that makes you feel like you’re up north. The kids will love climbing on the boat themed playground.


Lakeshore Park (Novi)

601 S Lake Dr Novi, MI 48377

Make a splash at the recently renovated Lakeshore Park beach and check out the new playground too.


Thelma Spencer Beach (Rochester)

3701 John R Rd, Rochester Hills, MI 48307

Thelma Spencer Beach has a 38 acre lake for swimming and boating. Kids can play at the playground or walk the nature paths.  Vehicle admission is $10 for residents and $5 for non-residents.


Pontiac Lake Recreation Area (Waterford)

7800 Gale Road, Waterford MI, 48327

Pontiac Lake has the longest beach in southeast Michigan at just over half a mile. Go for a swim, stroll the boardwalk and have some fun.


Martindale Beach @ Kensington Metro Park (Milford)

4570 Huron River Pkwy, Milford, MI 48380

There’s no lifegaurd at Martindale Beach but it’s still fun to splash around Kent Lake. The sandy shore is also next to monitored 240-foot twisted water slides and a large Splash n’ Blast spray park. There’s no shortage of splash parks in Metro Detroit, here’s a guide to find one near you!

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About Carrie Budzinski

Carrie Budzinski is the Vice President of LittleGuide Detroit. She grew up in Livonia and Detroit and continues to live life in both cities. Carrie loves exploring the city and finding hidden gems in the suburbs..

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