Suggested Day Trips to Grand Mere State Park from Sawyer, MI

Grand Mere State Park is on the shores of Lake Michigan. It has two miles of sandy beaches and three lakes. You may want to visit the 900-acre park and enjoy the views of the lake while staying at a Sawyer bed and breakfast.

Grand Mere Nature Trail
12032 Red Arrow Hwy.
Sawyer, MI 49125
(231) 426-4013
www.dnr.state.mi.us

The Grand Mere Nature Trail is the main trail in Grand Mere State Park. It has many subtrails, but if you follow the main trail, you will eventually make it to the beautiful beach on Lake Michigan. The trail is only 1/2 mile long, but the terrain can be difficult. There are two steep sand dunes to cross, one smaller sand dune and a few minutes of flat walking through the forest. Once you make it to the beach, you will be pleasantly surprised that there are very few people on these beautiful sands. This is also one of the few beaches that allows dogs. Visitors say autumn may be the best time to visit, because of the swarms of sand flies in the summer. Carrying coolers and bags on the trail can also be quite difficult due to the steep climb required to make it to the beach.

South Lake
12032 Red Arrow Hwy.
Sawyer, MI 49125
(231) 426-4013

South Lake is a small, shallow lake in the middle of Grand Mere State Park. This lake, formed by melting glaciers, is near one of the entrances to the park. There are picnic tables right on the lake, which makes it a great place to stop and relax. You can wade along the shore, and even swim in some of the deeper spots. There are lots of ducks, geese and other waterfowl in the area, which make it prime territory for hunters.

North Lake Park
Grand Mere Road
Sawyer, MI 49125
(231) 426-4013

North Lake Park is located in between North and Middle Lakes. The park is centrally located to make both lakes accessible from the park. North Lake is the larger of the three lakes in Grand Mere State Park. There is a parking lot beside the park, as well as picnic shelters, fire pits and grills. The lakes have open water leading into marshes and bogs. Middle Lake has a boat ramp. Enjoy some time on the water, and even do some freshwater fishing before you head back to a Sawyer inn. You can also take a dip in the beautiful waters of the lakes, or take a walk on one of the many trials in the area. The park is right on Grand Mere Road off Highway 94.

Township Park
5575 S. Roosevelt Rd.
Stevensville, MI 49027

Township Park is in the north part of Grand Mere State Park on the other side of North Lake. The park has tennis courts, basketball courts and an open play field for playing softball, baseball, kickball or your favorite sport. You can enjoy a picnic at the shelter while the kids play on the playground equipment nearby. The park is open from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily.