Pristine fresh water beaches are perfect for a swim or just working on your tan. We have stunning beaches along the Straits of Mackinac and tucked along our great inland lakes. The lazy days of summer are best enjoyed either on the water or relaxing along its shores… luckily, the Cheboygan area is the perfect choice for both.
Gordon Turner Park
Named after the longtime Cheboygan journalist, Gordon Turner Park is a fitting tribute to the local legend with its pristine and well-maintained beach on Lake Huron. Located at the end of Huron Street, Gordon Turner Park features its beach, volleyball nets, large playground, boardwalk into protected wetlands, and breakwall jetting out into the lake. The park is also home to the Cheboygan Crib Light, the de-facto symbol of the City of Cheboygan. Two more lighthouses, Poe Reef and Fourteen Foot Shoal, are easily visible from the beach, and on a clear day the Mackinac Bridge is visible to the west. To the northeast lies Bois Blanc, Round and Mackinac Islands.
The beach itself is maintained by the City of Cheboygan and its shallow depth means that it is a great place to relax and swim for people of all ages.
Cheboygan State Park
Located off of US Heritage Route 23 just a few miles outside of town, Cheboygan State Park offers ample swimming along Lake Huron and Duncan Bay. On-site restrooms and a beach house assure your comfort and a place to enjoy lunch on the Straits of Mackinac. Showers and a changing room are available. While at the park, why not take a nature hike or try your luck catching trout in Elliott Creek?
One of the main focal points of the park is the site of the Cheboygan Point Light. Visitors will find the foundation remains of this once operating lighthouse. In 1851, the Cheboygan Point Light was originally built on a pier in Lake Huron, but due to rough water and winter ice, it only lasted a few years. In 1859, it was rebuilt on the shore and was in operation until 1930 by the United States Lighthouse Service. It was at this time that the lighthouse and surrounding properties were conveyed to the State of Michigan for public park use.
Aloha State Park
Situated along Mullett Lake, Aloha State Park is the perfect choice if you would like to relax along the shores of one of Cheboygan County’s inland lakes. Serene and inviting, Aloha State Park is also a great place for reunions and family get-togethers with its modern campsites, picnic shelter, and playground. The quaint village of Aloha is immediately adjacent.
Burt Lake State Park
Burt Lake State Park is located in the “Heart” of Northern Michigan’s famed Inland Waterway. It is located on the southeast corner of Burt Lake with 2,000 feet of sandy shoreline for swimming, wildlife viewing, or shoreline lounging. Visitors are welcome to come and enjoy camping, boating, fishing, sight-seeing and many more activities in the area.