Laketown Beach in Holland, MI, is a tiny slice of paradise along Lake Michigan. A difficult climb up the dune is worth the amazing view from the top and the secluded beach at the bottom. Add this beautiful, off the beaten path beach to your summer adventure list!
A Perfect Spot For A Little Adventure
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Location & Parking
Laketown Beach is located at 6710 142nd Ave, Holland, MI, 49423.
After driving through a quiet residential area, 142nd Ave dead ends into a small parking lot for Laketown Beach. Although the parking lot is limited, it is perfectly suited for the size of the beach. If the parking lot is full, this little beach will be packed.
What To Expect At Laketown Beach
- At Laketown Beach, expect a rustic beach experience. There are no amenities here (besides a rustic port-a-jon in the parking area) – just the dune and the beach to enjoy.
- Pack lightly – the wooden staircases on the way up are almost entirely covered in sand and can be difficult to navigate. The last section of stairs only has the edge of a wooden railing visible to mark the path.
- The actual beach itself is beautiful and tiny, just a small strip of public beach in between private residences.
- Given the conditions, Laketown Beach may be better suited for a shorter visit rather than a whole day at the beach, especially if you have kids with you.
Climbing Up The Dune
Ready to climb this awesome dune? Let’s go!
On the first couple sets of stairs, you can still see the edges of the steps. With all the sand though, it can be easier to take off your sandals and climb barefoot.
For the next leg of the trek, there are two options. On your left, you can climb up the dune further for a gorgeous view from the top and a non-sandy staircase down to the beach. Please respect the signs regarding not climbing on fenced off areas to protect the dune and prevent erosion.
The other option is to continue off to the right and head straight down the dune to the beach.
Drink in the majesty of Lake Michigan! Laketown Beach is a tiny sliver of beautiful beach sandwiched between private property. To mark the park boundaries, there are signs on either side of the beach.
For the past few years, many of the beaches along Lake Michigan have been affected by rising lake levels and erosion. All of these pictures reflect the beach conditions in May 2021. Currently, there is a little drop off to get down to the water and a small sandy beach to enjoy.
On a Sunday afternoon in spring, we had the beach to ourselves for a while. It was pure magic. A couple of other groups came and went while we were there, but it was never crowded. Later in the summer, I’d imagine it could get busier. It’s not hard to see why!
Happy Dune Climbing!
I hope you are able to make some amazing beach memories this year!
Have you visited this hidden gem of a beach in Holland?
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