Pentwater Michigan

Welcome to Pentwater, MI – One of our state’s best kept secrets, and one of its most delightful beach destinations. Located on the sandy, fresh-water shores of Western Michigan, south of Ludington, north or Muskegon.

Pentwater is a delightful village of boutique shops, art galleries, restaurants, and mast-filled marinas, reminiscent of a charming New England town.

Guests will discover that the Pentwater region offers a host of activities for adults and children alike, including golf, horseback riding, live music, and exciting dune buggy rides in nearby Silver Lake.

Perched peacefully between Lake Michigan and Pentwater Lake, the waterways of the area are ideal for fishing, boating, sailing, water skiing, and other water adventures.

Pentwater doesn’t disappoint.

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Pentwater Michigan: A Beach Destination

The beautiful Charles Mears State Park public beach is the most popular reason to visit Pentwater during the warm summer months.

With soft-sand coastlines, wind-swept dunes, freshwater, and some of the most amazing sunsets to be found anywhere, Western Michigan beaches are among the most beautiful (and safest) in the world. Be our guest – find out for yourself.

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Come to Play, Return to Stay

Pentwater is more than a quintessential, old-fashioned, laid back community with a rich history on the shores of Lake Michigan. It’s more than an area featuring a 500-acre inland lake fed by a vibrant river. And it’s also more than rows of downtown businesses offering an eclectic mix of shops, places to eat, and a Village Green with a bandstand that’s the centerpiece for many fun events.

To the surprise of many visitors, Pentwater is also a great place to make one’s home and thrive in every season! Keep reading

Pentwater MI Reviews

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A place where my husband grew up from a very small child to taking his own children and our grandchildren there to camp. The wonderful memories we have of the summers spent there with extended family. One of our absolute favorite places to visit.

Esther Taylor Veeneman

Three Generations in Pentwater

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Pentwater is peace. It's my escape, my paradise, my childhood memories. I grew up camping there every summer, and now as an adult I camp there every summer.

Kari Lynn Hodge

Lifelong Visitor

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As soon as I pass the River Barn on Monroe Rd, my blood pressure drops. I sigh a soothing breath. I miss it everyday that I'm away. Pentwater is every season, every holiday, to me. It's fun, pleasant, and protective all at the same time. Being anywhere in Pentwater rejuvenates my spirit!

April Erley DeWeerd

Low Blood Pressure, High Spirits

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The best beach for a sunset! Family memories of the Belly Up, camping, quaint cottages and great shopping. We love spending our Summers in Pentwater!

Nikki Turner Walser

Summer Refugee

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Respite from a crazy world, the rhythm of beautiful sunrises and sunsets, hammock time and beach walks with my family or friends. Nothing like Lake Michigan to realign your priorities.

Jay Graham

Pentwater in the Heart

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Respite from a crazy world, the rhythm of beautiful sunrises and sunsets, hammock time and beach walks with my family or friends. Nothing like Lake Michigan to realign your priorities.

Gail Sellars Paulus

Rat Race Escapee

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So many memories with our kids when they were young and we continue to make memories now that they are adults... We have traveled to many beaches all over the world. We have found places that come close, but never one that tops Pentwater!! A jewel in our back yard... blessed!

Diane Adema

Local Vacationer

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It was magical! Camping with our 3 young grand daughters - when prior years we camped with our daughter. Just magical memories and love. Priceless!!!

Mary Anne

Multi-Generational Pentwater Lover