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 pavilion which can be rented for a fee.
Playground- There are a slide, swings, and a digger. Natural surface. There is lots of lawn for running around. Baseball diamond. Horseshoe pits
The description begins at the north edge of the parking lot. Two trails lead east, at approximately 2 and 3 o'clock. Go past a red gate at 2 o'clock and follow an old road along down to the level of the marshy area. This dead-ends at the marsh in about 0.1 mile.
Or, at approximately 3 o'clock, a foot path climbs gently between two wooden posts, and follows the edge of the bluff. This dead-ends at private property in about 0.2 mile. The woods is open and easy. You can just walk south and work your way back to the ball field, or return by the path.
At the south end of the parking area, near the playground, a small bridge crosses a drainage ditch. Cross the grass and head toward another red gate. Beyond the gate an old road heads west and comes out in about 0.1 mile on the dirt extension of Washington Avenue. Turn left on mowed trail along the road, climbing a hill. This leads to the corner of Washington and Ivanhoe and the entrance road to the park.
Access- From within the park at the parking area.
Restrictions- pets must be leashed, park officially closed in winter, but you can walk in
Distance and time- About 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- August 2014
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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, norway spruce.
Other points of interest- Lincoln Lake directly north. Access from Cartier Park
Most recent date this info personally checked - August 2014
Pere Marquette Township, call 231-845-1277
Pere Marquette Township web site
More- Michigan DNR Mason County Lakes