Esch Beach, also called Otter Creek Beach, is another popular swimming area. The shore to the south is divided by the shallow outlet of Otter Creek. Leashed pets allowed to the right of Esch Rd. when facing the water. Located at the end of Esch Rd.Off M-22, 5 miles south of Empire
North Bar Lake is a popular spot. This warm lake connects to Lake Michigan and its beaches. Some areas have experienced severe dune erosion and may be closed for restoration. Please obey closure signs. No pets allowed at the end of LaRohr Rd. From Empire, take M-22 north, left on Voice Rd, right on Bar Lake Rd., left on LaRohr Rd.
Glen Haven Beach is on Sleeping Bear Bay. Views look west past the Maritime Museum to Sleeping Bear Point, north to the Manitou Islands, and east to Pyramid Point. Please note that a section of the shoreline is sometimes closed to protect nesting piping plovers. Adjacent picnic area with grills and nearby flush toilets are provided. Leashed pets allowed only to the right of the Maritime Museum when facing the water to all the way past the Cannery and D. H. Day Campground. M-209, 7 miles north of Empire
County Road 669 Beach is on Good Harbor Bay. To the west, view Pyramid Point; to the north, the Whaleback and North Manitou. The Fox Islands may be visible on a clear day. Shalda Creek empties into Lake Michigan to the west of the parking area. Lake Michigan Rd. parallels the bay for several miles. Follow it east to a pleasant shoreline picnic area and the Good Harbor Bay trailhead (#13). Leashed pets allowed to the left of Co Rd 669 when facing the water. At the end of CR 669 (Bohemian Rd.) Off M-22, 18 miles north of Empire.
County Road 651 Beach features wonderful sunset views on Good Harbor Bay. To the west, view Pyramid Point and to the north, the Whaleback and North Manitou. The Fox Islands may be visible on a clear day. Leashed pets allowed to the right of CR 651 when facing the water. At the end of CR 651 (Good Harbor Tr.) Off M-22, 12 miles north of Glen Arbor.