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Michigan State Parks

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Newaygo State Park
Newaygo State Park Hardy Dam Pond © Marcia Caster
This was taken off the bank of Newaygo State Park overlooking Hardy Dam Pond.
Newaygo State Park Sunset over Hardy Dam Pond © Marcia Caster
This picture was taken Thursday, July 8th around 930 pm. The boat launch is just to the left but you are unable to see it from this angle.
Newaygo State Park Disc Golf © Marcia Caster
One of the holes for Disc Golf around the outskirts of Newaygo State Park.
2793 Beech Street
Newaygo, Michigan   49337

Phone: 231-856-4452
Reservations: 800-447-2757
Newaygo State Park is a 99-site rustic campground, which sits atop 20-foot embankments overlooking the Hardy Dam Pond, a six-mile flooding of the Muskegon River. The park caters primarily to campers, anglers and recreational boaters. There are several picnic sites overlooking the reservoir for day users. The campground is nestled in oak and poplar forests and is noted for its large, private sites and scenic beauty. There is a 20-30 foot forested buffer between sites, and each site is provided with a picnic table and a fire ring.
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 web page.
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The park's protected harbor and easy access to the Hardy Dam Pond attract many recreational boaters, water skiers and anglers each year. Water levels on the reservoir can be maintained at a high level in contrast to the declining water levels of the Great Lakes. The access site parking lot holds about 65 vehicle/ trailer combinations and alleviates traffic congestion on the park roads.
The primary game fish are walleye, largemouth and smallmouth bass. A wide variety of panfish are also available in the Muskegon River.

Newaygo State Park is located near Big Rapids, Fremont and Newaygo

The park has two playground areas and a small beach for children and adults who wish to cool off from the summer heat. Two playground areas are provided.
Area Attractions
Anglers interested in the Great Lakes species can fish for trout and salmon downstream in the popular Croton Dam area, just 15 minutes south of the park. The nearby White Pine Trail State Park provides hiking and biking opportunities. With fall comes the beautiful color season, enhanced by spectacular views overlooking the Muskegon River.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
February 27 Our favorite campground by Tiggie
we have delighted in camping there in 2010. looking forward to more fun and relaxation.
April 23 Great park with lots to do. by Camper77
They just opened a disc golf course. Challenging but fun. The state park rents kayaks so you can troll around the Hardy Dam. It is a beautiful campground. I hope they add a bathroom building so we can stay longer.
August 10 A great primitive park. by Annual Newaygo Visitor
A great little secret north of Grand Rapids. The campground is in the woods and the boat ramp is very close and the lake great.
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Take US 131 to exit 125 and go W. 5 miles to Beech Street. Go N. on Beech St. to the park entrance.


Michigan State Parks