Best Lake Michigan Hikes

Best Lake Michigan Hikes, by Loreen Niewenhuis

Best Lake Michigan Hikes:
10 Favorite Lake Michigan Hikes
on the Beach
by Loreen Niewenhuis

Crispin Books • eBook • May 2014
ISBN 978-1-933987-69.0
40 pages • 10 hikes
Great Lakes Hiking / Walking / Outdoors

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Lake Michigan Hiking Trails

State Parks / Beach Adventures


A 1,000-Mile Walk on the Beach

A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Walk

A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Island Adventure


“What emerges is an unmistakable reverence
for the beauty and tremendous legacy of this
ancient water trail . . . . For a wonderful,
mind- and soul-enlarging experience,

read A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Walk. It may
inspire you to choose your own adventure.
– Midwest Book Review“

With sensitivity and humor, Loreen’s writings
give a gentle message to the reader to care for
the great natural resource we have here.”
– Black River Books, South Haven, Michigan

This book selects 10 favorite stretches of Lake Michigan shoreline for possible hikes, based on the author’s 2009 epic hike around the entire perimeter of Lake Michigan.

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Ever since Loreen Niewenhuis hiked the perimeter of Lake Michigan in 2009 (and wrote her popular 2011 book, A 1,000-Mile Walk on the Beach), people have asked about her favorite stretches of the Lake Michigan lakeshore – especially options to hike that are less than 1,000 miles long!

Now, Niewenhuis has assembled a list of her 10 favorite stretches of shoreline to walk. With a map and ideas for starting points for each, she selected great hikes in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Illinois, including walks at Warren Dunes, Grand Mere State Park, Ludington State Park, and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan’s lower peninsula, Fayette Historic State Park in the U.P., and Harrington Beach and Kohler-Andrae parks in Wisconsin, plus two urban walks on the lakeshore in Milwaukee and Chicago.

The hiking trails (mostly unmarked, as the paths generally follow the lake) range from very short up to long hikes of 15 miles or more. It’s a brief ebook, only about 40 pages long, but offers inspirational ideas for outings that celebrate this wonderful and scenic natural resource.

Niewenhuis includes notes on local attractions, museums, and independent bookstores, with an appendix noting major organizations like the Sierra Club, Nature Conservancy, and Alliance for the Great Lakes that are working to preserve and protect Lake Michigan and the Great Lakes environment.

After her first 1,000-mile walk in 2009 around Lake Michigan, the author undertook a second 1,000-mile adventure, walking stretches of all five Great Lakes, culminating in her 2013 book, A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Walk. In 2015, she published the story of her third Great Lakes adventure, A 1,000-mile Great Lakes Island Adventure.

Niewenhuis does many talks for book clubs, public libraries, and environmental groups; for bookings, visit her website at


Loreen Niewenhuis writes short stories and essays, with her work published in literary journals, including the Antioch Review and Bellevue Literary Review. Her short-story collection, Scar Tissue, was a finalist in the 2009 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. Her first book, A 1,000-Mile Walk on the Beach, spent time on the Heartland Indie Bestseller List.

She lives in Traverse City, Michigan.