Mears State Park

400 West Lowell Street
Pentwater, MI 49449


Charles Mears State Park is located in the quaint village of Pentwater along the Lake Michigan shoreline. Paved campsite lots are surrounded by fine sand and a swimming beach is adjacent to the harbor pier.


Fishing: Shore fishing is very popular at Pentwater Lake in the fall and anglers can expect to catch steelhead, perch, trout and smelt. Fishing from piers adjacent to the park is also a popular year-round activity. During the winter, Pentwater Lake provides excellent ice fishing.

Hiking: There is an interpretive trail about one mile in length that winds around to the top of Old Baldy, a wooded and sand-blown dune that provides an excellent view of the Lake Michigan shoreline, the town of Pentwater and the boat harbor.

Pet-Friendly Area: The southernmost section of shoreline at Mears is pet-friendly. Pets must be on a six-foot leash and under an owner's immediate control at all times. All pet waste must be properly disposed of in trash receptacles. Contact the park for additional details.

Snowmobiling: Snowmobiles are not allowed on the hiking trails, but the activity is supported in the park.



Mears-Dune Grass Villa


Mears-Old Baldy Interpretive Trail
Trail Length: 1.00 (Miles)


Beach: A beautiful sandy beach with a beach volleyball court, horseshoe pits, grills and picnic tables.

Picnic Area: Picnic tables, grills and fire circles are available at the picnic areas. Parking is available for 250 vehicles.


Images provided by, Ticketmaster
Please use "Flag This Place" to alert us about content that is inappropriate or needs immediate attention. Nothing you submit will be shared with other site visitors.

Upcoming AARP Events

View All AARP Events »

Find information about getting a COVID-19 vaccine in your state. CDC information is available at; additional AARP information and resources are at En español, visite

AARP Member Card

Join or Renew Today


  • Immediate access to your member benefits
  • Discounts on travel and everyday savings
  • Subscription to the award-winning AARP The Magazine
  • An ally on the issues that matter most to you in Pentwater
  • Free membership for your spouse or partner