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“Best winter experience EVER”

Muskegon State Park
Ranked #5 of 38 things to do in Muskegon
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Owner description: This State Park offers a variety of winter recreation including ice skating, cross-country skiing and luge.
Manhattan Beach, California
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78 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Best winter experience EVER”
Reviewed July 17, 2013

Went here a few months ago with my hubby to go luging. People... it is the ONLY luge park open to the public in all of North America! There are only 3 in the US... but this is the ONLY one open to the public. I am totally doing this again next year. I HIGHLY recommend it for a great outdoor activity in the wintertime. It is for people of all ages- when we went there were kids in 4th grade doing it and even people in their 60s! It is a little scary at first, but you totally get the hang of it and they make SURE that you are protected and have all the safety gear on. I will never forget luging down the fast turns of the Muskegon Luge Park. SO FUN!

Visited February 2013
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Manton, Michigan
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27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Third visit to Muskegon South Channel Campground - LOVE it !!”
Reviewed July 17, 2013

Every few years, my family joins several other family members for several days of camping and we always return to the Muskegon State Park in the South Channel Campground area. This area of the State Park is located south of the traditional Campground, following Scenic Drive south between sand dunes and Lake Michigan, passing the public beach and beach house with ample parking, then east along the Channel that connects Lake Michigan to Muskegon Lake, which is where the Channel Campground is located. You do need a State Park Pass to enter this area. There are two loops in this area of the campground and we typically stay in the second loop. On our first visit, we stayed in Loop One and found it was tight in a few sites, but roomier in a few others; however, we now reserve in Loop Two and find those sites to be mush more roomier, private, and more trees and vegetation. Since these campgrounds are so close to Lake Michigan and the sand dunes, sand in your camping site is to be expected and is part of the charm. There are plenty of walking trails, biking trails, climbing dunes, and of course... beaches! There is a wonderful walkway along the channel that connects the two Lakes and is a must-see when visiting. This campground is electricity only (no sewer or water at any site), but has a water fill-up station as well as a dumping station passed the Ranger Station. The drive is all paved and there is a level asphalt pad at each site, as well as a well-positioned fire ring. Each Loop has it's own restroom and shower area. The ladies' side in Loop Two has three sinks and two stalls. There are three personal showers that are located outside the restroom area which you can lock behind you. This is the only negative: the light in the shower area is always ON and of course, bugs like the light so if someone leaves the shower door open (indicating it is vacant), bugs collect inside that area and you shower along with them. That's kind of gross. (Going to contact the park and see if they could put motion sensor lights in the shower.) At least the shower is warm (not adjustable?) and has good water pressure. But the shower issue is a small price to pay for such a scenic view and tranquil location. After six days of camping, I have returned to work relaxed and rejuvenated. Just wish I could wear my flip flops to the office.

Visited July 2013
4 Thank Jeannie C
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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61 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Beautiful, quiet beach!”
Reviewed July 12, 2013

The beach is out of the way and hidden so probably only locals go to it. Loved, the cleanliness, white soft beach. Would go back to it while in Michigan.

Visited July 2013
Thank MrsE02
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Royal Oak, Michigan
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88 reviews
32 attraction reviews
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“A Great Beach to Check Out When the Others Are Swamped”
Reviewed July 7, 2013

Unlike some of the other State Parks along Lake Michigan -- Holland, Grand Haven, Hoffmaster -- Muskegon State Park takes longer to fill up to capacity. That's probably 'cause it's on the north shore of Muskegon Lake and takes a bit longer to get to if traveling from Grand Rapids.

But this way you can sleep in a bit and make it to the beach without hassle. What's not to like?

The beach is nice, clean and wide, plus there are several long sandbars that allow for strolling in the water-- considerably far from shore-- if you don't want to jump in all the way.

The only negative is the lack of any food service or concessions, so make sure to bring your snacks and drinks with you.

Visited July 2013
3 Thank John H
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Ann Arbor, MI
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174 reviews
71 attraction reviews
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“Top quality Lake Michigan beach park”
Reviewed July 4, 2013

We recently camped in the Lake Michigan campground at Muskegon State Park for the first time and now we're wondering how we missed this gem of a park all these years!

The Lake Michigan campground was a delightful place to camp. Our site (#48) had a small dune and then Lake Michigan behind it so that we could listen to the waves at night as we fell asleep. The sites are nicely wooded and the ones that run along the Lake Michigan shoreline are fairly large for state park sites. The sites along the north and east sides are typically small and the east side has the road running parallel to it, in some cases with the road visible from the campsite

The facilities were very clean (all restrooms and showers were cleaned twice a day) and the employees were very friendly.

We never used this beach since it didn’t allow dogs, but the decking and stairs were well made and not so big or steep to make it difficult to get down to the lake.

The campers at this campground were mostly a quiet bunch and the dunes and slight hills in the campground seemed to mute the sound better than just a flat, open campground.

There is a lot to do in the park with ample beachfront, hiking, the luge run that opens in the summer, fishing, and birding. The ice cream store that is connected to the north end of the Lake Michigan campground makes for a good treat on a hot night (and they even make a special treat for dogs with a dog bone in it).

Visited June 2013
2 Thank luv2snorkel61
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