Muskegon State Park


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Muskegon State Park

Muskegon State Park of Muskegon County, Michigan

Hiking Muskegon State ParkCross country skiing Muskegon State ParkCanoe or Kayak the Muskegon State Park

Trail Distance:

10.5 miles long.

Directions:

Take US- 31 to the M-120 exit in North Muskegon and follow the signs to the park.

Trail List:

Trail Description:

3560 Memorial Drive North
Muskegon MI 49445
Phone Number: (231) 744-3480
TTY/TDD711 (Michigan Relay Center)
Motor Vehicle Permit Required: Yes
Approximate Size: 1165 (Acres)
Make a Reservation at this Park

Cross country ski trail is groomed.

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.

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.

For a schedule of events at the Winter Sports Complex, please click here.

Please check the DNR Calendar for upcoming events at this location and at all state parks and recreation areas.

Features:

  • Luge - A luge run is available for winter park visitors as part of the Winter Sports Complex.
  • Michigan State Park Explorer Program - Learn more about the natural features and resources located in this park with the Outdoor Explorer Program.
  • Designated Watchable Wildlife Site - The Wildlife Viewing Guide is now on line at www.michigan.gov/miwildlifeviewing
  • Playground - These play areas offer a variety of playground equipment for children.
  • Beach House - Provides clothes-changing area for swimmers.  
  • Swimming - Lake Michigan Beach Information
  • Fishing - For those without a boat, an accessible fishing pier is available along the channel walkway. An additional fishing pier is available at Snug Harbor.
  • Picnic Area - Picnic tables and fire pits/grills. 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.
  • Picnic Shelter(s) - For reservations contact the park at (231) 744-3480.
  • Alcohol Restrictions Apply - Alcohol is prohibited in the entire park from April 15 to Labor Day except for the campground, where alcohol is prohibited from April 15 to June 15.
  • Hiking - 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.
  • Boating Access Site/Launch - Access for boating and fishing. 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 24 hours a day. Also available is a fish cleaning station during the warm months located near the launch.
  • Cross Country Ski - 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.
  • 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.
  • Fishing in the Parks - Learn more about fishing at Fishing in the Parks, a free educational program.

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