Ludington State Park Canoe Trail is a 4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Hamlin Township, MI and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from May until September.
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This canoe or kayak route is about 4 miles long and follows the shore of Hamlin Lake and then heads through a couple inland marshes after short portages. The mix of open water and tight passages through the reeds and tree stumps makes for an interesting paddle.
One of the best state parks to camp and hike. Multiple hiking trails of decent length and great views and good times all around.
Very nice walk along the river with many places to get into the water. Mostly on a paved trail so it is an easy walk.
We spent a really nice early fall afternoon out on Hamlin Lake. The temperature was perfect and the bugs were gone. A few years ago we did this in early July and bug spray was a must.
The trail took us about 1 hour and 45 minutes to complete. I would plan on at least a couple hours for this trip. We paddled at a fairly good pace and didn't take any breaks along the way. The conditions were also perfect without any wind to slow us down in either direction.
There are more pictures and info on our blog: http://www.mymichigantrips.com/more-MI-travel-info/day_trips/ludington-canoe-trail.html