Best Family-Friendly Beaches

From the sandy shores of McCarty’s Cove’s to the ancient bluffs of Black Rocks, when it comes to beaches Marquette County has Superior coverage. So, what are you waiting for? Set up your umbrella and towel and soak it up.

McCarty’s Cove

Among the most popular of Marquette beaches is McCarty’s Cove, known for its expansive view of Lake Superior and the historic Harbor Light House. Throw in some volleyball nets and lifeguard supervision during high season, and you’ve pretty much just guaranteed yourselves a good, safe time for all.

Warning: Picnic Rocks may look pretty close, but in reality, the dangerous rip currents challenge even the strongest swimmers. We absolutely DO NOT advise that you try to swim out to the rock.

Little Presque Isle Beach

Head about 15 minutes northwest of Marquette, just off Big Bay Road, and you’ll find yourself at Little Presque Isle Beach. Despite its relative convenience, it’s definitely the most secluded beach on this list — perfect for a leisurely day or evening by the water. If you’re looking to chill out by the water this is definitely the coolest spot, plus there’s tons of great hiking to do in the area.


South Beach

Located south of downtown Marquette, the beach itself is one of the county’s broadest and flattest, making it perfect for stretching out in the sun. And it offers great views of Marquette’s southern hills and downtown Marquette’s skyline, not to mention the endless horizon of Lake Superior.


 Au Train Beach

Located about 25 minutes outside of Marquette, Au Train Beach arguably has the best set of dunes in the entire central U.P. and is also super-convenient to reach by car. It’s easily visible from M-28, which is crowded with parked cars on nice summer days.

Plan your Summer fun.