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6 Great Beaches Near Kalamazoo, MI

Posted on June 4th, 2020

 Whether you’re in Kalamazoo for its amazing breweries, fantastic restaurants, or interesting museums this summer, you might want to take a break to cool off and go for a swim!


Check out these 6 great beaches near Kalamazoo, MI:



  1. Markin Glen Park – A close drive from Downtown


At Markin Glen Park, you’ll find a pictorial sandy beach that’s perfect for kids with plenty of shallow areas. As it’s located just 5 minutes north of downtown Kalamazoo, you can easily grab a bite for under $10 before you head out. While you’re there, check out the biking trails through mature beech maple forest as well as a walking trail lined with spring flowers and leads to a picturesque view of Kalamazoo from the top of a hill. Be sure to also take advantage of its fishing opportunities, playground area, picnic shelters, and state-of-the-art campground.




  1. Woods Lake Park – Newly Renovated


The recent $363,000 renovation to Woods Lake Park has paid off – its sandy beach, changing area, picnic pavilion (with six picnic tables), restrooms, a playground, and fishing pier are all fresh and modern. Bordered by woods on all sides, it’s truly a serene oasis in middle of bustling city and its warm water is both easy to swim and great for stand-up paddle boarding.




  1. Ramona Park – Local Favorite


Just 20 minutes away from the heart of the city, Ramona Park is a local favorite for family fun. The sandy stretch of shoreline of at Long Lake is ideal for swimming, sunbathing and fishing. It features lifeguards, a concession stand, and a fun playground as well as picnic tables, BBQ grills, and a pavilion available for rent. You can also rent a kayak, canoe, or stand-up paddleboard or engage in one of the park’s many other activities!




  1. Robert Morris Park – Hidden Gem


One of the hidden gems near Kalamazoo, Robert Morris, is just 7 miles from downtown. Its beach of pleasant water on small lake perfect makes it ideal for family fun and picnics. Head to the park for a day of swimming, fishing, enjoying the playground, playing a round of disc golf course and more!



  1. Prairie View County Park – Quiet Swimming + Dog Park

A 210-acre lakeside park, Prairie View Country is perfect for quiet swimming on Hogsett Lake. The facility includes a swimming beach at the bottom of a hill with nearby shade, a beach house, a dog park, and a covered picnic area as well as athletic fields.



  1. Cold Brook County Park – Beach + Disc Golf Course


Cold Brook County Park is a popular campground and beach that includes a championship 24-hole disc golf course. The park has plenty more to offer, such as its boat ramp, fishing spots, hiking trails, picnic shelters, playgrounds, and volleyball & softball areas. Check out the Cold Brook County Park map!



All of these beaches are excellent for your summer in Kalamazoo! Check out kayak, canoe & stand-up paddleboard rentals and be sure to request one of our great guides – especially the Kalamazoo Brewery Map!