11 Secret Beaches in Michigan’s Thumbcoast
The ultimate escape is closer than you may know about! Traveling M25, Michigan’s Thumbcoast, is a must-see summer experience filled with charming small towns and secret public beaches with unforgettable Lake Huron views. We invite you to discover our top picks of the lesser-known, no frill beaches not far away from Michigan’s major cities. Use the map link below for location overviews and driving directions.
Featured Photo | Cary Rouse – 4 Mile Scenic Turnout, Palms
1. Ballentine Beach
Quick mid-day dip and back to shopping convenient, located only 2.5 miles from Downtown Port Huron. Enjoy a fun-filled day of good eats, unique boutiques & sunbathing. Watch freighters passing with views of the oldest lighthouse in Michigan, Fort Gratiot Light, in the distance. Limited street parking, 3100 Conger St., Port Huron.
2. Krafft Beach
This beach access has a 600-foot walk from parking to the water, small hike but worth it. Soak up the sun and enjoy the calm, clear waters with excellent views. Limited street parking, 1108 Krafft Rd., Port Huron.
3. Keewahdin Beach
Another wonderful beach access that is small but has very close parking for a quick dip in the lake. The water levels will vary here each year, in 2021 there is more beach to love. Limited street parking, 4498 Gratiot Ave., Fort Gratiot.
4. Washington Beach
Calm, blue waters with a larger sized area for a public beach-road. The nice afternoon shady spots are wonderful for those that want to enjoy a beach in cooler spots. Close to the water, but limited street parking, 3171 Washington St., Burtchville Twp.
5. Burtchville Park
There are plenty of amenities at this beach including a playground, easy parking, sport courts and picnic areas. This is also a super easy drop-in spot for paddle sports. Shown here on July 4th, a busier time but still plenty of room! Located at 3632 Harris Rd., Burtchville Twp.
6. Jeddo Beach
A secluded, off the main road public beach with a long downhill pathway leading to the blue waters of Lake Huron. Located off Lakeshore Rd. at the end of Jeddo Rd., Burtchille Twp.
7. Forester Beach
Sanilac County’s oldest beach, is inside of a smaller campground that is open to the public. There are a few nice amenities at this 68 acre park including a playground, camp store and boardwalk. 2820 N. Lakeshore Rd., Carsonville.
8. 4 Mile Scenic Turnout
This MDOT roadside park has this beautiful secret beach at it. You have to find the not-so-obvious staircase going downhill through the trees at the north end. Located off M25 at Mills Rd., Palms.
9. Delaware Park
Serene and natural best describe this beach inside of an 111 acre day-use county park. Enjoy the quiet beach or take a hike on the trail. Located about 14 miles north of Port Sanilac at 6438 Lakeshore Rd./M25, Palms.
10. Stephens Park
You may have passed right by this beautiful beach off M25 and never knew it was there. Discover a breathtaking overlook of Lake Huron & wonderful picnic spot. Located on Park St., Forestville about 13 miles south of Harbor Beach.
11. Eagle Bay Beach
An off the beaten path beach most visitors don’t know about. This is also the closest access point for drop-in paddling to Turnip Rock. 131 species of birds have been discovered here, including Bald Eagles. Located 1.6 miles off M25 at 9298 Wallace Rd., Port Austin.
Author, Katie Stepp – Blue Water Area Convention & Visitors Bureau – Discover the Blue Michigan’s Thumbcoast