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Perfect sunset watching

Besides having a great beach, perfect sunsets and plenty of hiking, they have restrooms and a... read more

Reviewed November 30, 2018
Chicago, Illinois
Beautiful beach

This state park has a beautiful beach on Lake Michigan. Beautiful sandy beach, fabulous sunsets... read more

Reviewed October 2, 2018
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400 West Lowell Street, Pentwater, MI 49449
+1 231-869-2051
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Reviewed November 30, 2018

Besides having a great beach, perfect sunsets and plenty of hiking, they have restrooms and a reasonable amount of parking. If you have made it all the way to Pentwater then you need to spend a day on this beach.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank johndS6267VU
Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

This state park has a beautiful beach on Lake Michigan. Beautiful sandy beach, fabulous sunsets! Heaven on earth.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Culture206141
Reviewed September 24, 2018 via mobile

We went to Pentwater, MI as a halfway point between our home and Mackinac Island. It just so happened that the Art and Craft Festival was on for that weekend. After touring that wonderful event we found the park and so glad that we did....More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank JosephatFremont
Reviewed September 17, 2018 via mobile

We stayed with our extended family who were camping here, so happy we came up for a visit. We drove to Silver Lake one day and spent another day at the beach, can’t wait to return!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank angiea6
Reviewed September 6, 2018

A wonderful family beach. It was very clean and we enjoyed our day! Nice restroom facilities, a concession stand, etc.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank DesertWest
Reviewed August 6, 2018

Charles Mears State Park is on Lake Michigan at Pentwater, MI. It's an easy walk from almost anywhere in town, and an even easier bike ride. The parking lot and campsites require a state park pass, but everyone can use the beach and beach facilities,...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Charlotte D
Reviewed August 4, 2018 via mobile

Quite crowded but family atmosphere, nice clean sand good facilities. Water is shallow and safe bathing area clearly marked with bollards. Excellent beach for family outing.

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Gillian P
Reviewed July 25, 2018

Beautiful, clean beach. Lovely view. Public parking and bathrooms within easy walking distance. My only gripe: the wind! It blew constantly. I ended up getting sand in my eye. The water temperature is also very hit or miss. Very comfortable one day and freezing cold...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Michael T
Reviewed July 23, 2018

Loved the hiking and the light house..there are inner tube you can use and do a lazy river float which is very fun if the weather is nice.

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Rhodesian14
Reviewed July 9, 2018

we live in Pentwater \but are not fortunate enough to have a lake view. we ride our bikes down to park (1/2 mi) and do not miss the payments for a lake view house at all. we often spend the whole day there. very friendly...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Dennis N
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December 14, 2018|
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Response from Charlotte D | Reviewed this property |
I read on the website that you can make a reservation up to 6 months in advance, but I don't know the cancellation policy. I can tell you that there is plenty to do in the area to keep everyone in the family delighted for a... More
January 21, 2016|
Response from HistoricGuy | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately, Mears does not have mini cabins. To see which MI state parks have mini cabins you can do a Google search and the DNR has a list (TripAdvisor will not allow a link in an answer).