Pier Cove Beach, Fennville Michigan

The following pit stop submitted by Jessie Voigts of WanderingEducators.com.

A small, beautiful beach, Fennville’s Pier Cove Beach features a small creek that lets out into Lake Michigan, which is often warmer than the big lake. It’s perfect for small kids to splash in! Families can also find rocks and logs and make sculptures! In the big lake, kids (and adults!) will swim to their hearts’ content. Oh, and dogs are welcome! This is the perfect pit stop to escape crowds; the only drawback: there are no bathrooms or changing rooms, so plan accordingly!

pier cove beach

Travel tip: Beware the poison ivy on the south side of the staircase! Stick to the right! No lifeguard on duty.

For more information on area beaches, head over to Top 10 Beach Towns on Michigan’s Sunset Coast at Wandering Educators.

Closest interstate or highway: US31, Fennville Exit (M-89).

Cost of admission: Free!

Hours: Sunrise to sunset.

Dining options: None; bring a picnic!

Directions: From US31, take the Fennville exit (M-89). Head West toward Lake Michigan. At the T, take a left (south) and drive to another stop. Take a right (west) and go around the curve. Pier Cove is about 25 feet down the road on the Lake side (right). There are about 10 parking spaces.

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Pit Stops for Kids AUTHOR: Amy Whitley is the founding editor of Pit Stops for Kids and content editor of Trekaroo. She writes on staff monthly at a number of travel publications, and contributes to OutdoorsNW magazine as an outdoor adventure traveler. Find Amy at Google.




  1. Kristin Beauchamp says:

    I was at the Pier Cove Beach today. Beautiful place for a fall walk on the beach. I enjoy reading historical markers, and it was just a short ride off the freeway. Good break for a long drive. I was looking for a Pier Cove Rock, which I have seen, but never found. It is a very distinctively veined stone. I saw pebbles, and tons of zebra mussel shells. (Wish someone would collect these and use for a concrete or asphalt additive) Just wondering if anyone has found these rocks, and if there is a better place to find these stones. Maybe someone collects them and sells a few?

  2. Interesting. I hope you find out. And thanks for stopping by and leaving your impression of Pier Cove!

  3. Kurt Dykstra says:

    I have been going to this beach for the last 25 years. This past Sunday I went and my kids and their cousins were splashing in the creek when a deputy came down and charged them with tresspassing! Apparently the land the creek runs through is now private and they won’t let anyone near the creekbed anymore!! Bah Humbug!!

  4. Mark Harris says:

    Worth noting that this beach has a 10 vehicle maximum parking and no close street-level parking. Drove an hour only to find it was fully occupied. Nice Sunday drive with the family, but disappointed that we didn’t have an opportunity to check out the beach.

  5. If you arrive at this beach and find the parking is full, there is additional parking a mile or so away. If you have others with you, drop them and your beach supplies off, go park, its a nice few minute walk to the Pier Cove Beach. 🙂

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