MUSKEGON STATE PARK
Muskegon State Park is located four miles west of North Muskegon on the shore of Lake Michigan. There are over two miles of shoreline on Lake Michigan and over a mile on Muskegon Lake. The vast expanse of Great Lakes sand beach ranks among the most beautiful in the world. Forested dunes that join miles of Great Lakes shoreline reflect a significant resource that visitors enjoy each year. Muskegon State Park was established in 1923. The City of Muskegon gave the Conservation Department (later the Department of Natural Resources) a gift of land to help begin the park. The park has enjoyed much community support over the years and remains an important contributor to local quality of life.
Muskegon State Park was established in 1923. The City of Muskegon gave the Conservation Department (later the Department of Natural Resources) a gift of land to help begin the park. The park has enjoyed much community support over the years and remains an important contributor to local quality of life.
The Recreation Passport is required for vehicle entry into state parks and recreation areas, state boat launches, state forest campgrounds and state trail parking lots. Details and information on how to obtain your Michigan Recreation Passport can be found by visiting the MICHIGAN RECREATION PASSPORT
Muskegon-Group Use Area(231) 744-3480 8 site(s)Group Use Area, Picnic Shelter, Rustic Site, Vault Toilet
Muskegon-Lake Michigan(800) 447-2757 105 site(s)Campsites with 50 amp Service, Electrical Service, Mini Cabin, Modern Restrooms
Muskegon-South Channel(800) 447-2757 139 site(s)Campsites with 50 amp Service, Electrical Service, Modern Restrooms
1. Muskegon State Park offers two main swimming areas: Lake Michigan and Muskegon Lake.
2. The park features sandy beaches ideal for sunbathing, picnicking or playing beach games before a swim.
3. Lifeguards are not always on duty so swimmers should exercise caution when entering the water.
4. Swimming is best during summer months due to warmer temperatures but can be enjoyed from spring through fall as well.
5. Visitors may also enjoy snorkeling in clear waters of both lakes with own equipment brought along.
6. The Snug Harbor area provides easy access to calm waters suitable for beginner swimmers and families with children.
7. Pets aren't allowed at designated bathing areas; however there's an unofficial dog-friendly spot near channel campground boat launch site.
For boating and fishing enthusiasts, Muskegon State Park offers excellent facilities. A lighted boat launch is located at Snug Harbor, where trailered boats of all sizes can be launched. A launch is also located at the channel suitable for launching small boats
For those without a boat, an accessible fishing pier is available along the channel walkway. An additional fishing pier is available at Snug Harbor.
Muskegon State Park is located near Grand Haven, Muskegon and Spring Lake
For day users, the Lake Michigan beach is great for sun bathing and swimming. A bathhouse is located in the beach area. The Snug Harbor picnic area is located on Muskegon Lake. The Blockhouse Overlook provides a scenic view of Lake Michigan and the dunes.
Twelve miles of marked hiking trails can be found in the park. The trails are a diverse series of loops that meander through a variety of landscapes, from flatland to bog; from lowland to the top of scenic sand dunes.
Trails in the park:
Muskegon-Devil's Kitchen - 1 (Miles), Hiking, Cross Country Ski
Muskegon-Lost Lake - 0.75 (Miles), Hiking, Cross Country Ski
Muskegon-Loop to Loop - 5 (Miles), Hiking, Cross County Ski Lighted Trail
Muskegon-Scenic Ridge - 1.5 (Miles), Hiking, Cross Country Ski
Muskegon-Hearty Hiker - 1.75 (Miles), Hiking, Cross Country Ski
Muskegon - Dune Ridge - 1.75 (Miles), Hiking, Cross Country Ski
For biking enthusiasts, the park offers a variety of trails. However, caution is advised due to varying terrain and difficulty levels.
The Lost Lake Trail provides an easy 1-mile ride suitable for beginners or families with children.
More experienced riders might prefer Winter Sports Complex trail which spans over five miles but requires careful navigation due to its hilly nature.
Remember that some paths are shared by walkers and bikers alike; always be aware of your surroundings when cycling these routes.
During winter months, fat tire biking becomes popular on snow-covered tracks - remember safety gear in this slippery environment!
Lastly, ensure you follow all posted rules regarding bike usage within the park's boundaries for everyone's enjoyment.
Twelve Miles of marked hiking trails, with five miles lighted for cross country skiing, can be found in the park. The trails are a diverse series of loops that meander through a variety of landscapes, from flat land to bog; from low land to the top of scenic sand dunes.
Located in Michigan, the park offers birding opportunities with diverse species including warblers and waterfowl. The area's varied habitats attract a wide range of birds throughout the year. Birdwatchers can explore trails through dunes or woodlands for different viewing experiences. Winter brings sightings of snowy owls and other cold-weather species.
A variety of attractions are located near the park, such as: Michigan Adventure amusement park, Gillette Nature Center at Hoffmaster State Park, Muskegon County Museum, Muskegon Museum of Art, and the USS Silversides - a World War II submarine open for tours.
Take US- 31 to the M-120 exit in North Muskegon and follow the signs to the park.