Port Crescent Beach in Port Austin Michigan
by Steve Campbell
(Port Austin, Michigan)
The Beach in the Port Crescent State park between Caseville and Port Austin Michigan is one of my favorites. With few visitors it has the feel of a private beach. The exceptions are holiday weekends but there is little trouble finding a nice spot for your blanket. A north wind brings in breaking waves perfect for youngsters to "surf". The water is clear with a sand bottom. The water stays shallow (waist deep) for over 100 yards with the marked swimming area reaching only about eight feet.
A long walk along the beach will end at the Pinnebog river mouth. This is also within the State Park but it is common to encounter canoes from a local livery.
Unfortunate I have observed some drinking, discarded bottles and heard adult language. The participants were having fun launching water balloons at one another but it did not strike me as appropriate around young children.
There is a daily fee of $6.00 with an annual pass costing $24.00. In addition to the beach the park offers walking trails, pavilions, modern restrooms with showers, and wetland observation decks.
If you find yourself in the "Thumb" of Michigan I encourage you to check out the beach at Port Crescent Sate Park. Summer months are best for swimming in Michigan.