20 super low-key beaches within driving distance of Detroit

When it's hot everybody heads to the nearest body of water, meaning some beach spots packed with people long before the sun is high in the sky. If you're an early riser and can snag a prime spot, good for you, but sometimes, you just want a low-key place you can relax without all the crowds. We feel that, which is why we came up with a list of 20 spots that are super under-the-radar (and told you how long it'll take you to get there from the D).

Guess the secrets are out now.

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Belle Isle’s ‘Hipster Beach’ | Detroit | 5-15 minutes 
Named for the younger crowd that tends to congregate here, this beach is a great getaway from the daily grind of the city. While most people will head over to the family-friendly main beach area, this spot is only for the coolest most low-key peeps, and best thing is: dogs are totally allowed.
(Photo via Instagram, @ezuch)
Belle Isle’s ‘Hipster Beach’ | Detroit | 5-15 minutes
Named for the younger crowd that tends to congregate here, this beach is a great getaway from the daily grind of the city. While most people will head over to the family-friendly main beach area, this spot is only for the coolest most low-key peeps, and best thing is: dogs are totally allowed.
(Photo via Instagram, @ezuch)
Versluis Park | Grand Rapids | 2 hours, 16 minutes 
Hidden deep in Versluis Park sits a beach that is only reached once you pass the busy attractions the park offers, like volleyball, horseshoes, and playgrounds. It’s close enough to the activity to make you feel alive, but far enough to make you feel like you’re in a dream. $10 per car for entry (cash only).  (Photo via Instagram, @instaadventures)
Versluis Park | Grand Rapids | 2 hours, 16 minutes
Hidden deep in Versluis Park sits a beach that is only reached once you pass the busy attractions the park offers, like volleyball, horseshoes, and playgrounds. It’s close enough to the activity to make you feel alive, but far enough to make you feel like you’re in a dream. $10 per car for entry (cash only).
(Photo via Instagram, @instaadventures)
Fisherman’s Island State Park | Charlevoix | 4 hours 15 minutes 
This state park boasts six miles of pure, untapped coastline, complete with white sandy beaches and crystal clear water. Camp reservation is encouraged.
Fisherman’s Island State Park | Charlevoix | 4 hours 15 minutes
This state park boasts six miles of pure, untapped coastline, complete with white sandy beaches and crystal clear water. Camp reservation is encouraged.
Aloha State Park | Cheboygan | 3 hours, 55 minutes 
Just a little bit outside of Cheboygan sits a secret hiding place from the bustle of the small city: Aloha State Park. It has all of the attractions you could want from a state park without the crowd.(Photo via Instagram, @andiripley)
Aloha State Park | Cheboygan | 3 hours, 55 minutes
Just a little bit outside of Cheboygan sits a secret hiding place from the bustle of the small city: Aloha State Park. It has all of the attractions you could want from a state park without the crowd.
(Photo via Instagram, @andiripley)
Caseville County Park  | Caseville | 2 hours, 32 mintues 
This 40-acre park is located on the outskirts of Caseville, features places for swimming, picnic spots, a playground, and camping spots. Right on Saginaw Bay, this beach rests in the camping site where all attractions are a bike ride or walk away, creating a small town feel. (Tip: For a secluded experience, steer clear of Caseville’s infamous Cheeseburger Festival.) Camping costs.
Photo via Instagram, @eveyclaire)
Caseville County Park | Caseville | 2 hours, 32 mintues This 40-acre park is located on the outskirts of Caseville, features places for swimming, picnic spots, a playground, and camping spots. Right on Saginaw Bay, this beach rests in the camping site where all attractions are a bike ride or walk away, creating a small town feel. (Tip: For a secluded experience, steer clear of Caseville’s infamous Cheeseburger Festival.) Camping costs.
Photo via Instagram, @eveyclaire)
Black Rocks Beach | Marquette | 7 hours 8 minutes
Black Rocks Beach is the name of a tiny beach hidden within Presque Isle Park. Wedged between two cliffs on the north side of the isle, you can kayak to this secret location making for a relaxing trip to a relaxing destination. Free for day trips.
Black Rocks Beach | Marquette | 7 hours 8 minutes
Black Rocks Beach is the name of a tiny beach hidden within Presque Isle Park. Wedged between two cliffs on the north side of the isle, you can kayak to this secret location making for a relaxing trip to a relaxing destination. Free for day trips.
Fort Custer Recreation Area | Augusta | 2 hours 17 minutes This recreation area borders three lakes. One of them, Eagle Lake, features a sandy shore that’s quiet and secluded and is perfect for swimming, fishing, or relaxing. It’s surrounded by the forest, creating a perfectly enclosed place offering tranquility. Free for day trips.   (Photo via Instagram, @ashlet144)
Fort Custer Recreation Area | Augusta | 2 hours 17 minutes
This recreation area borders three lakes. One of them, Eagle Lake, features a sandy shore that’s quiet and secluded and is perfect for swimming, fishing, or relaxing. It’s surrounded by the forest, creating a perfectly enclosed place offering tranquility. Free for day trips.
(Photo via Instagram, @ashlet144)
Little Presque Isle Beach | Marquette | 7 hours 8 minutes
Although there’s no shortage of beaches for swimming and relaxing near Marquette, some of them can get pretty busy. If you’re looking for one a little more off the beaten path, head to Little Presque Isle Beach for an engulfing experience away from civilization. Free for day trips.  (Photo via Instagram, @maahikeee)
Little Presque Isle Beach | Marquette | 7 hours 8 minutes
Although there’s no shortage of beaches for swimming and relaxing near Marquette, some of them can get pretty busy. If you’re looking for one a little more off the beaten path, head to Little Presque Isle Beach for an engulfing experience away from civilization. Free for day trips.
(Photo via Instagram, @maahikeee)
Wabasis Lake | Greenville | 2 hours, 22 minutes 
With around 300 feet of shoreline, this small beach in Kent County is basically the perfect size. Winding roads will lead you to the low-key spot, and it’s a short trek from the parking lot to the sand. Bonus: This beach even has its own store where you can pick up anything you may have forgotten at home. Free. (Photo via Instagram, @chelseastevens)
Wabasis Lake | Greenville | 2 hours, 22 minutes
With around 300 feet of shoreline, this small beach in Kent County is basically the perfect size. Winding roads will lead you to the low-key spot, and it’s a short trek from the parking lot to the sand. Bonus: This beach even has its own store where you can pick up anything you may have forgotten at home. Free.
(Photo via Instagram, @chelseastevens)
Rogers Harbor Lakeside Park | Rogers City | 4 hours 9 minutes
This park is the crown jewel of Rogers City, featuring volleyball courts, playgrounds, band facilities, a pavilion, and food amenities. Oh, and the 10 acres of pristine beach bordering Lake Huron. A beach crossed with a concert venue in Michigan? This place is one of a kind. Free.  (Photo via Instagram, @jabba_the_slut)
Rogers Harbor Lakeside Park | Rogers City | 4 hours 9 minutes
This park is the crown jewel of Rogers City, featuring volleyball courts, playgrounds, band facilities, a pavilion, and food amenities. Oh, and the 10 acres of pristine beach bordering Lake Huron. A beach crossed with a concert venue in Michigan? This place is one of a kind. Free.
(Photo via Instagram, @jabba_the_slut)