One thing that Ludington has over those lakes in Lake County, Michigan, is the waves of Lake Michigan. In lakes, largely the only time one gets waves is when a passing speedboat passes. But in Lake Michigan winds fuel the waves and often times they are marvelous to swim in.
Have you ever tried body surfing? I love to jump into a wave and let it carry me as far as it will only to wait for the next wave, which isn’t long in coming, to carry me even further. I even enjoy sitting on shore and letting the waves surround me as they come in.
My balance is none to great for a surfboard so instead my body becomes the board. I enjoy very windy days when the surf is rough and tumble but always then I swim with at least one or two friends just in case of trouble. Don’t get me wrong, I do also enjoy swimming in lakes for then one can really just swim without waves getting in one’s way. But my true passion is swimming in the waves of Lake Michigan.