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Hamlin Lake Festivals & Events

Hamlin Lake is well known for the July fireworks, and the free fishing weekends. Beyond those events, most festivals in the Hamlin Lake and Ludington area can be found by reading our Ludington Festivals and Events story.

Hamlin Lake Fireworks in July

Best viewing is by boat in the Upper Lake from Indian Pete Bayou west to Victory Park or on the South shore of the Upper Hamlin Lake. Hamlin Lake Fireworks are shot from Camp Douglas Smith directly across the lake from Wilson Hill Park on Barnhart Road.  For safety reasons spectators are not permitted on the grounds of Camp Douglas Smith and viewing from the North Shore is limited to private properties.

This is a true community tradition on Hamlin Lake. Starting in the 1970s, residents in the Indian Pete Bayou area began a fireworks presentation. They were soon joined by boaters and other residents with a view from the Upper Lake. It is estimated that more than 4,000 viewers now enjoy this annual event. An ice cream social is held at Wilson Hill Park prior to the display.

Special appreciation is due the Grant Twp. Fire Department and Mason Co. Sheriff’s Department for providing superb assistance in making this a safe event and to John Quiring for use of his property.

Hamlin Lake Fireworks Donations

The Hamlin Lake Preservation Society has been part of the lake’s fireworks display since 1985 and the sole sponsor since 1994. The annual cost exceeds $6,000 in addition to the volunteer efforts related to permits, setup, publicity, insurance, cleanup, etc. Some longtime contributors continue to make substantial gifts and several resorts help defray the costs; however the total number of donations is given by only a small percentage of the viewers. Your help will be appreciated. 

For more information on the Hamlin Lake Fireworks or to make a donation, please contact:

HLPS (Hamlin Lake Preservation Society)

PO Box 178, Ludington, MI 49431

Kent Gage at (231) 843-3169

Free Fishing Weekends on Hamlin Lake

Fishing is great on Hamlin Lake in every season. If you want to catch fish without purchasing a fishing license, cast a line on one of two free fishing weekends. Details are found in our West Michigan Free Fishing Weekends story.

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More Hamlin Lake Activities & Attractions

Beaches and Parks at a Glance

Whether you’re viewing Hamlin Lake from the grass or from the dunes, you won’t be disappointed in the beauty that surrounds you.

Festivals and Events

A beautiful fireworks display and free fishing happen every year at Hamlin Lake. Don’t miss your opportunity to participate in either one!

Hamlin Lake Fireworks

The Hamlin Lake Preservation Society presents fireworks over the lake around each July 4th. The show is shot from Camp Douglas.

Sand Dunes

Small destinations within themselves, visitors of Hamlin Lake will go on an adventure to find their perfect dune.

Activities & Attractions

Golden sand. Beautiful scenery. Great Fishing. Hamlin Lake has it all! There’s something for everyone at Hamlin Lake.


If there’s one thing that Hamlin Lake is known for, it’s excellent fishing. Catch crappie, bluegill, and more across thousands of acres.

Hamlin Lake Dam

Read about the mighty dam that lives in Hamlin Lake came to be and how it is utilized to help protect this man-made lake.