at Memorial Tree Park
Memorial Tree Park
This attractive shady park occupies 27 acres on Lincoln Lake on the north side of Ludington. It was established by the Izaak Walton League in 1931 and is part of the Pere Marquette Township park system.
Picnicking- Lots of picnic tables available in summer (stored in winter). There is a pavillion which can be rented for a fee.
Playground- There are a slide and swings. Natural surface. There is lots of lawn for running around. Baseball diamond. Horseshoe pits
The description begins at the north side of the ball field. Follow an old two-track north into the woods, and at a fork continue north towards the river. Reach the bluff edge and the trail turns right (east). Continue east along the bluff. Before the trail enters a back yard you should turn south through the woods (easy open woods) until you come to a parallel road and turn west. This road continues back to cross the first trail you took, and goes on to come out at the parking area near the boat launch.
Access- From Washington Avenue near the boat launch- parking for 3 cars, or from within the park near the ball field.
Restrictions- pets must be leashed, park officially closed in winter, but you can walk in
Distance and time- 0.5 mile all together, maybe 30 minutes of walking including backtracking. Mileages were measured on a topographic map and verified by pacing, at which I am fairly accurate.
Trail Markers- none, mostly follows old woods roads
Condition of Marking- none, but easy to find your way
Treadway- mostly level, wide openings in the woods, natural surface
Grades- level to gradual
Most recent date this info personally checked on foot- April 2007
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Historic Site- Marker placed to commorate the establishment of the park by the Izaak Walton League. "Erected in recognition of the founding of this Memorial Tree Park by the Mason County Chapter of the Izaak Walton League in 1931."
Rest Rooms- Full restrooms with flush toilets open in summer only
Potable Water- summer only
Access- dirt road and parking, off paved Ivanhoe road at north end of Washington Avenue in Ludington, Michigan
Restrictions- no hunting, park closes at dusk, gate locked at 9 pm, no vehicles off roads, no ground fires, pets must be leashed, no camping, no motorcycles, no fish guts.
Seasonality- Entire park gated in winter, Picnic tables and grills stored in winter. Restrooms open only in summer. Walk-ins ok, snowmobiles allowed in winter
Ecosystem- Wooded bluff above marshy edge of Lincoln Lake/River. Oak, white pine, aspen. Road lined with scotch pine, one large beech near memorial marker.
Other points of interest- Nice views of Lincoln Lake from short trail in back of the ball field.
Most recent date this info personally checked - April 2007
Pere Marquette Township, call 231-845-1277
Pere Marquette Township web site
More- Michigan DNR Mason County Lakes