For decades, a mining company has been operating next door to one of the most beautiful state parks on Lake Michigan. Now, some of the land is being reclaimed for public use.

People from out of state don't understand how beautiful our beaches are in Michigan. Even Chicagoans, just across the Lake, come to Michigan to experience the unmatched feel of pristine sand between the toes, More of that is coming as Ludington State Park is growing and has just added a 100-acre parcel of Michigan dunes.

 

If you've ever driven the peninsula between Lake Michigan and Hamlin Lake, headed toward Big Sable Point Lighthouse and Ludington State Park, you've probably noticed the heavy machinery to the East. Sargent Sands has been mining the dunes for decades and has now made a deal to sell back 100 acres to the state of Michigan.

This purchase will permanently protect a beautiful tract of critical sand dunes, conserving a unique landform and its plants and animals for public enjoyment.

-Michigan Department of Natural Resources Director Keith Creagh

The move beautifies one of the nicest parks in a state rife with outdoor beauty and resources.

Ludington is one of the crown jewels of our state parks system. For millions of people who love the Lake Michigan dune coast, it is the epitome of Pure Michigan.

-Glen Chown, executive director, Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy.

More good news for Michigan State Parks, some of the best and most beautiful in the country.