Muskegon Area Information
Just like Lake Michigan’s sparkling waters, the fun rolls in all along the Muskegon Coastline.
With more than 11,400 acres of inland lakes, almost 400 miles of rivers and 27 miles of Lake Michigan waterfront, the Coastline is a water lover’s dream come true. Eleven dune-filled public parks provide access to the big lake, including Muskegon’s Pere Marquette Beach, consistently cited as one of the nation’s cleanest beaches. Pere Marquette's huge, sandy beach is complemented by handicap-accessible paths, a shaded picnic area, beach volleyball and basketball courts.
The Coastline is especially popular with boaters. Several rivers and creeks, especially the White River and Muskegon River, are popular with kayakers, canoeists, rafters and anglers. White Lake, Bear Lake, Mona Lake and Muskegon Lake are favorite ports of call, offering access to and refuge from Lake Michigan.
Tucked inland are some 30 more lakes. The area's numerous public and private marinas offer a range of services and provide thousands of boat slips.
Michigan's Adventure, between Muskegon and Whitehall, is the state’s largest water and amusement park, featuring 50 wet and/or wild rides. Another family fun spot is Craig's Cruisers, featuring indoor and outdoor games and activities. Just north of Muskegon is the Double JJ Ranch, a year 'round resort featuring an Old West theme.
The Muskegon Coastline is home to some of the state's finest parks and natural areas. Hoffmaster, Muskegon and Duck Lake State Parks, Manistee National Forest, Muskegon State Game Area, and numerous county, township and city parks feature campgrounds, picnicking, biking, hiking, nature watching, hunting, horseback riding, playgrounds and fields and courts for just about every sport. The 22.5-mile Hart-Montague Bicycle Trail, Michigan's first linear state park, and the 26.5-mile Muskatawa Trail, feature paved trails for biking, walking, running and inline skating. Skaters and skateboarders catch air at Muskegon’s skateboard park in Seyferth Park. Home to numerous golf courses, Muskegon is a major contributor to Michigan's reputation as a national golf destination.
The fun doesn’t set with the summer sun. An annual accumulation of more than 100 inches of snow blankets the Coastline with abundant opportunities for winter recreation.
Snowmobilers head to the Hart-Montague and Muskatawa trails, and the 120-mile West Shore Trail. Figure skaters, hockey players, hearty anglers and ice boaters chill out on the frozen lakes. The Winter Sports Complex at Muskegon State Park includes a cross-country ski course and ice rink, both lighted at night, snowshoe trails and one of only five luge runs in the United States.
Spring and Fall provide unique outdoor opportunities, too. Spring busts out all over at Hoffmaster State Park with wildflowers, winged creatures, and wildlife. Come autumn, Mother Nature dapples the rolling meadows and woodlands with all the colors on her palette - a sight to experience during the annual Depot-to-Depot Color Tour.
Winter, spring, summer or fall, it’s always time to come out and play along the Muskegon Coastline.