Hoffmaster State Park of Muskegon County, Michigan
10 miles long.
US-31 to Pontaluna Rd. exit, go W. 3 miles to park entrance. Alt. Rte: Exit #4 I-96. Follow signs W. 6 miles to park entrance.
6585 Lake Harbor Road
Muskegon MI 49441
Phone Number: (231) 798-3711
TTY/TDD711 (Michigan Relay Center)
Motor Vehicle Permit Required: Yes
Approximate Size: 1200 (Acres)
Make a Reservation at this Park
Ski trail is not groomed.
P.J. Hoffmaster State Park features forest-covered dunes along nearly three miles of Lake Michigan shore. Its sandy beach is one of the finest anywhere. A focal point of the park is the Gillette Visitor Center.
- Visitor Center - Exhibits, interactive displays, multi-image slide shows and other nature programs to orient visitors to Michigan's unique cultural and natural features. E Genevieve Gillette Sand Dune Visitor Center This beautiful facility, facing a towering sand dune, is recognized as one of the top attractions in the Midwest. The center has a variety of programs to help visitors enjoy and understand the unique environment of the sand dunes of the Great Lakes. The center features an exhibit hall depicting the ecological zones of the unique dune environment. Multimedia presentations on the dunes and seasonal nature subjects are shown in an 82-seat auditorium. Seasonal exhibits also are featured. The center is open daily, except Mondays, from Memorial Day to November 1. It is closed from December 1 to January 15. During November and from January 15 to Memorial Day, the center is open Tuesday through Saturday and closed on Sundays and Mondays. For hours and more information call 231-798-3573.
- Year-round Interpretive Program - Throughout the year, the visitor center offers lectures, guided hikes and special events. Program information is available from the center. Schools may take advantage of visitor center programs during the school year. A classroom, complete with seasonal teaching displays, is available. Orientation programs are offered to first-time groups. Environmental topics are taught by the visitor center staff on a limited basis. Classes include a guided outdoor experience. Groups are limited to 35 students.
- Designated Watchable Wildlife Site - The Wildlife Viewing Guide is now on line at www.michigan.gov/miwildlifeviewing
- Beach House - Provides clothes-changing area for swimmers.
- Swimming - Lake Michigan Campground Beach Information Lake Michigan Public Beach Information
- Picnic Area - Picnic tables and fire pits/grills
- Picnic Shelter(s) - The picnic shelter is reservable, for more information contact the park.
- Alcohol Restrictions Apply - It is unlawful to possess or consume alcoholic beverages in the campground areas from April 15 through Labor Day.
- Hiking - With more than 10 miles of trails, the casual hiker or the serious student of nature will find a variety of interesting natural features. Upland, shoreline and aquatic birds are abundant. Hawks soar on the air currents of the dunes when winds are from the east. A main attraction is the Dune Climb Stairway leading to the top of a high sand dune. There, an observation deck offers a panoramic view of the dunes and Lake Michigan.
- Cross Country Ski - A marked three-mile trail is available for this winter activity.
- Metal Detecting Areas - Metal detecting is recognized as a legitimate recreation activity when it is conducted in ways that do not damage the natural and cultural resources in Michigan State Parks nor violate applicable state statutes. If you wish to use a metal detector in this state park, here is a map that shows clearly where this activity may take place. Any items found must be reviewed by park staff and may be retained for further investigation.
Please check the DNR Calendar for upcoming events at this location and at all state parks and recreation areas.
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and the USDA Forest Service.