These are locations we have had the privilege to fly. Some may have access restrictions.
Check with local flyers for information.
Michigan Slope Flying Sites
Sloping at Ludington, MI
Ludington Michigan is named after a 19th Century timber baron who sited the town at the estuary of the Pere Marquette River on the shores of Lake Michigan, just about halfway between the Indiana border and the Sioux. It was the logical place for James Ludington to set up a railroad and wagon ferry across Lake Michigan to Manitowoc Wisconsin, and the steamer still runs today.
Ludington is not nearly as touristy as Leland Michigan, but it does boast several very nice restaurants, a swarm of Victorian Bed and Breakfasts, and a beautiful Romanesque red sandstone courthouse. Also worth a visit is the Pere Marquette National Scenic River. There is plenty of opportunity for lake and river recreation in the area.
Most of the flyable slopes in the Ludington area face west. Buttersville Township Park, while it is not Sleeping Bear Dunes, looks to be a very accessible and flyable west facing dune slope, with good access and easy parking.
There is a very nice south-facing slope in the Skyline Trail in Ludington State Park. The state park folks don’t seem to mind if you tote RC stuff up the 165 steps to the ridge-top board walk. Also, Ludington State Park dunes just off Route 116 are very flyable in west winds.
The dunes max out at 50 to 60 feet, and the smooth wind coming across Lake Michigan makes for some great slope flying. Also, the local park folks are flyer friendly, and it is a great destination for a family vacation.
If you go, check out:
The Four Seasons Motel and Kayak Livery
717 E. Ludington Ave, Ludington MI 49431
Allard’s RC and Irrigation
611 N. Washington Street
Ludington State Park 231-843-2423
Lake Michigan Car Ferry 1-800-841-4243 or www.ssbadger.com
Silver Lake State Park, 20 miles south, home of the word’s largest shifting dunes.
Dave’s Four-In-One Store (crafts, hardware, housewares and military surplus)