Muskegon State Park
Muskegon State Park
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This State Park offers a variety of winter recreation including ice skating, cross-country skiing and luge.
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  • Justin P
    Gaston, Indiana30 contributions
    Beautiful Lake Shore Sights
    This is a beautiful location located close to Muskegon. When I visited here the weather was not great with high winds and rain, but that did not stop my from exploring the shoreline and making an attempt out to the wave break light on the north side of the harbor. If you are planning on doing some hiking I recommend doing some cardio a month or so before this trip because the sand makes even the flattest trails tiresome. If you want beautiful pictures it is best to visit this park during the off season when its not as warm out.
    Visited October 2020
    Traveled solo
    Written October 5, 2020
  • MidwestKathM
    Detroit, Michigan879 contributions
    Nice lakeside park
    Our Michigan State Parks are gems that we should all support and appreciate!! On a recent day trip to Muskegon, we spent a couple hours at this state park. Checked out the Blockhouse, which should have more historical context provided. The view was nice but trees in front are so tall now that they obscure the view of the lake. We just wanted to sit and relax and enjoy the water and nature. Seems there is a lot of beach, but no grass for picnicking and relaxing along the lake. Finally found a place near the channel and just chilled out for a while, watching boats and people and a momma bird who kept flying in to feed her three young ones snug in a nest in a picnic shelter. On our way out, we passed the north campground which seemed overly crowded during these COVID times. Nobody wearing masks at the ice cream place just outside the entrance so we did not stay.
    Visited August 2020
    Written August 22, 2020
  • ahhNotEnoughNames
    Indianapolis, Indiana93 contributions
    Winter Sports Hot Spot
    Amazed on what we found here. The winter sports complex had every snow sport: cross country skiing, ice skating, sledding, snowshoeing and luge. All the supplies can be rented but your personal snow suit. They had fires set up outside. Our son did the luge lessons and then had about 6 runs in 2hours. The luge goes up to 30miles per hour, wear an old coat if you can as those speeds can damage the sleeve. Plus this can be dangerous as one person in our group did break their leg. I think it's best to do this across many days such that you can withstand the physical activities. There were groups doing winter camping and there are a variety of hotels in the Muskegon area. It is cold as it's on the shoreline of Lake Michigan. No nearby resturants, need to go back into town.
    Visited January 2022
    Written January 19, 2022
  • V R
    24 contributions
    Nice beach and hiking
    Some nice hiking trails. The one to lost lake was fairly easy bc it goes along cross country ski trails. Outdoor adventure place in the park looks fun, but was closed when we were there. Great ice cream place at the park entrance near outdoor adventure place. Very nice beach with cool sand dunes adjacent to it, no lifeguards. Great place to watch the sunset. Out of state costs: $11 per day (or $39 annual pass) gets you into all state parks. Note for dog owners: we were told that state park beaches allow dogs 100 feet from the swimming area which is marked by buoys. Nice place to spend the day!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 10, 2023
  • Emily S
    5 contributions
    Beautiful snd pristine.., until the boats take over
    I love coming to this beach because it’s vast enough to spread out from large groups and have some beach time to yourself. The beach is clean and quite beautiful. This applies to weekdays when I’d give it a 5 on weekends it would go down to a 2 or 3.. I’ve had horrid experiences on weekends when boaters come in park close to the shoreline, hang out on their boats with their attached playpads for their kids to play on, play loud music and basically monopolize the beach. Who wants to swim around a bunch of boats letting off gas fumes? I’m not sure if this is due to covid laxness but it does not seem right in a public park space or what the beach is intended for.
    Visited August 2021
    Traveled solo
    Written September 5, 2021
  • nicolediane
    Atlanta, Georgia746 contributions
    As they say, Lake MIchigan is salt and shark free.
    Absolutely great state park on Lake Michigan. The park has many different areas. There is Snug Harbor which is on Muskegon Lake. There is a boat launch and picnic area. There is a trail head that leads to a trail through the woods and into the sand dunes. There is a beautiful beach area on Lake Michigan. There are a few picnic tables but not much shade. Do not drive in the sand! It would be an expensive mistake. There are 2 campgrounds. ! is the channel campground at the end of the road next to the Muskegon channel. The other one is on 2 sides of the road, one being on Lake Michigan. It is on a bluff so it's a walk down to the beach. There is a winter sports complex that even has a luge. It has summer activities also. The best thing about the campground on the lake side is you can walk to Ruth Ann's ice cream store. There is a blockhouse that the kids might enjoy climbing around. There is a small parking lot by the channel. There is a paved walkway along the channel. There are a couple tables and benches at the start of the walk. You can see over to the Muskegon side, see the Silverside submarine and the light house and watch the boats come in out.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 28, 2023
  • Rachel G
    37 contributions
    Lake Michigan Hiking
    This park was a fun place to visit. There wasn't a lot of people there since school had started most places, so we had most of it to ourselves. Definitely glad I was able to go. The hiking trails were also worth seeing but beware the sand can be hot!
    Visited August 2022
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 7, 2022
  • Marissa C
    Quincy, Michigan244 contributions
    Decent camping
    Good place for camping except the campsites are tiny. Definitely geared more toward the RV crowd versus the old tent campers like us. They don’t have any kind of store for supplies like some other state parks I’ve visited but they sell ice and firewood at the ranger station.
    Visited September 2021
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 19, 2021
  • seescokid
    Grand Rapids, Michigan1,580 contributions
    Fun time snowshoeing!!
    Been to winter sports park a few times, this time the wife of 40 years and I found something we could do together. First time in our lives we snow shoed. 1.5 km was fine, good exercise. She wants to do it again!
    Visited February 2022
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 5, 2022
  • hikinghappily62
    South Bend, Indiana91 contributions
    Looks promising
    First time here to check out the park (drove 120 miles). No gate so no cost but also couldn’t find a map so we had not idea where the trails were. No restrooms open or found so we only drove around and checked it out. Very beautiful with snow. We picked a foggy day so couldn’t see all of the coastline but excited to come back. The campground looks amazing.
    Visited February 2021
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 27, 2021
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V R
24 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
Some nice hiking trails. The one to lost lake was fairly easy bc it goes along cross country ski trails. Outdoor adventure place in the park looks fun, but was closed when we were there. Great ice cream place at the park entrance near outdoor adventure place. Very nice beach with cool sand dunes adjacent to it, no lifeguards. Great place to watch the sunset. Out of state costs: $11 per day (or $39 annual pass) gets you into all state parks. Note for dog owners: we were told that state park beaches allow dogs 100 feet from the swimming area which is marked by buoys. Nice place to spend the day!
Written August 10, 2023
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Emily S
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Aug 2021 • Solo
I love coming to this beach because it’s vast enough to spread out from large groups and have some beach time to yourself. The beach is clean and quite beautiful. This applies to weekdays when I’d give it a 5 on weekends it would go down to a 2 or 3.. I’ve had horrid experiences on weekends when boaters come in park close to the shoreline, hang out on their boats with their attached playpads for their kids to play on, play loud music and basically monopolize the beach. Who wants to swim around a bunch of boats letting off gas fumes? I’m not sure if this is due to covid laxness but it does not seem right in a public park space or what the beach is intended for.
Written September 6, 2021
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nicolediane
Atlanta, GA746 contributions
Jul 2023
Absolutely great state park on Lake Michigan. The park has many different areas. There is Snug Harbor which is on Muskegon Lake. There is a boat launch and picnic area. There is a trail head that leads to a trail through the woods and into the sand dunes. There is a beautiful beach area on Lake Michigan. There are a few picnic tables but not much shade. Do not drive in the sand! It would be an expensive mistake. There are 2 campgrounds. ! is the channel campground at the end of the road next to the Muskegon channel. The other one is on 2 sides of the road, one being on Lake Michigan. It is on a bluff so it's a walk down to the beach. There is a winter sports complex that even has a luge. It has summer activities also. The best thing about the campground on the lake side is you can walk to Ruth Ann's ice cream store. There is a blockhouse that the kids might enjoy climbing around. There is a small parking lot by the channel. There is a paved walkway along the channel. There are a couple tables and benches at the start of the walk. You can see over to the Muskegon side, see the Silverside submarine and the light house and watch the boats come in out.
Written July 28, 2023
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Rachel G
37 contributions
Aug 2022 • Friends
This park was a fun place to visit. There wasn't a lot of people there since school had started most places, so we had most of it to ourselves. Definitely glad I was able to go. The hiking trails were also worth seeing but beware the sand can be hot!
Written September 7, 2022
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Marissa C
Quincy, MI244 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
Good place for camping except the campsites are tiny. Definitely geared more toward the RV crowd versus the old tent campers like us. They don’t have any kind of store for supplies like some other state parks I’ve visited but they sell ice and firewood at the ranger station.
Written September 19, 2021
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seescokid
Grand Rapids, MI1,580 contributions
Feb 2022 • Friends
Been to winter sports park a few times, this time the wife of 40 years and I found something we could do together. First time in our lives we snow shoed. 1.5 km was fine, good exercise. She wants to do it again!
Written February 5, 2022
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hikinghappily62
South Bend, IN91 contributions
Feb 2021 • Friends
First time here to check out the park (drove 120 miles). No gate so no cost but also couldn’t find a map so we had not idea where the trails were. No restrooms open or found so we only drove around and checked it out. Very beautiful with snow. We picked a foggy day so couldn’t see all of the coastline but excited to come back. The campground looks amazing.
Written February 27, 2021
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witchbroomstick
Bay City, MI350 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
Boy, early September camping is excellent! During the week it's so quiet. Warm enough during the day to enjoy the beach and cool eat night for a fire and good sleeping. We come here yearly
Written September 28, 2021
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Cosmopolitan7276
Atlanta, GA1 contribution
I just got back from a most wonderful stay at Muskegon Park!! This is my new favorite vacation spot!! The beach is so clean and clear waters!! Very peaceful! And nice facilities! My only advice is, take bug spray! The flies are insane!
Written August 30, 2002
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Jecake
Chicago, IL2 contributions
We took our 3 kids (ages 7, 5, and 3) to Muskegon State Park and tent camped for two nights. Site 65 was right on the path to the Muskegon beach and just a short walk to the flush bathrooms. The site was very clean and big enough for our 2 room tent. We had great weather, and the kids loved the giant sand dunes and basins that were just a short trek down the ship channel towards Lake Michigan. My husband enjoyed the fishing, and the kids played at the small but very clean beach both days. The campground host was friendly and helpful (firewood, coffee, and books were available to borrow). There was a playground, but honestly my kids loved the beaches and the trails so we didn't spend much time at the playground. The camp itself is just beautiful. You won't regret taking your family.
Written July 9, 2010
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