Bordered by Lake Michigan and Muskegon Lake, Muskegon State Park is a lovely place to visit! The 1,000-acre park was established in 1923 and it's become one of the most popular places for campers to visit in the state. A channel connects the two lakes and offers visitors a great place to watch sailboats, powerboats, and other kinds of watercraft on a summer day. If you're ready to get in the water yourself, run down the sandy beach into Lake Michigan for a refreshing dip in the beautiful water. With nearly a mile of beach along the water, there is plenty of room to enjoy sunbathing, making sandcastles, having a cookout, watching the sunset, and just enjoying a fun, relaxing day at the beach.
Muskegon State Park has 247 modern and semi-modern campsites along with two mini-cabins.•
Group Use Area
• Lake Michigan $32 (50A), $30 (20/30A), $20/$18 (off-season)
• South Channel $32 (50A), $30 (20/30A), $20/$18 (off-season)
• Yurt $65
Muskegon State Park has miles of trails that are perfect for hiking and cross-country skiing. Picturesque, they'll take you near sandy dunes and through wooded areas.
• Devil's Kitchen, Trail Length: 1.00 mile
• Dune Ridge, Trail Length: 1.75 miles
• Hearty Hiker, Trail Length: 1.75 miles
• Loop to Loop, Trail Length: 5.00 miles
• Lost Lake, Trail Length: 0.75 miles
• Scenic Ridge, Trail Length: 1.25 miles
Twelve miles of marked hiking trails, with over four miles lighted for cross-country skiing, can be found in the park. The trails are a diverse series of loops that wind through beautiful landscapes and to the tops of sand dunes for an amazing view of Lake Michigan.
Bring your bikes along because there's a 2.5-mile bike route that leads from the beach to North Muskegon.
Take a nice walk along the path to get a glimpse of the Muskegon South Pierhead Lighthouse and the USS Silversides! This retired submarine offers tours and is so interesting! Kids and adults alike will enjoy taking an hour or two to tour this amazing vessel.
Come to Muskegon State Park's Winter Sports Complex in the colder months and have hours of fun doing winter sports! It offers one of only three luge tracks in the US and is perfect for anyone who wants to try it out. Bring the family and go cross-country skiing at night on the "Nordic Nights" lighted trails that stretch over 4 1/2 miles. If you're into ice skating, there are three rinks that offer family skating and an opportunity to practice hockey. There's also snowshoeing through the dunes along the lake. If you're a lover of everything outdoors once the snow starts to fly, the Winter Sports Complex is a must for your bucket list!
What once was old is new again with this rebuilt colonial-style Blockhouse within the park. It's a wooden outpost that was originally built in 1935 but burned down in 1962. Rebuilt two years later, it offers visitors a great view of the park. For easy access, there is a short paved walking path to and from the Blockhouse.
Boating and Fishing
A boat launch on Snug Harbor gives boaters access to "The Big Lake" and Muskegon Lake. Without a boat, you can still enjoy fishing from the walkway along the channel.
When you head here to enjoy the Winter Sports Complex, head to the waterline to possibly get a glimpse of one of the bald eagles that like to spend time here in the winter. There's also an abundance of waterfowl and shorebirds from spring through fall.
Looking for a treasure? You can go metal detecting in the park! Just make sure you don't damage the natural and cultural resources in the park or break any state laws. If you get lucky and come across something, let the park staff review it before assuming you can keep it.
From Muskegon, go north on US-31 to M-120. Turn left (west) onto M-120, and proceed through the town of North Muskegon to the park entrance. In North Muskegon, the road changes to Ruddiman and then to Memorial Drive. A state park vehicle permit is required for entry to Muskegon State Park. You can purchase a pass at the contact station when entering the park.