Located at Memorial and Scenic Drives, this park features a bathhouse, day-use parking, a large campground in the forested dunes, the historic Block House and the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex. There are over two miles of Lake Michigan shoreline and a mile on Muskegon Lake. Features include a playground, a beach house where swimmers can change, fishing piers along the channel walkway and at Snug Harbor, twelve miles of marked hiking trails that meander through a variety of landscapes and a boat launch with fish cleaning station. For more information on Muskegon State Park and Beach, contact the Michigan DNR at 231-744-3480.
This 728 acre day-use park stretches from the northern shore of Duck Lake to Lake Michigan and features a towering sand dune. There's a beautiful, sandy beach on Duck Lake with a boardwalk that provides access to Lake Michigan. Duck Lake Channel empties into Lake Michigan and is a favorite among families with small children, providing warm, shallow water that's perfect for toddlers. A wooded area shades the picnic grounds with fire pits and grills. A paved path provides a pleasant stroll through the woods and along the Duck Lake shoreline. For more information on Duck Lake State Park, call the Michigan Department of Natural Resources at 231-744-3480.
With a length of one mile and breathtaking views of large sand dunes and Lake Michigan, Norman F. Kruse Park allows pets and their parents to roam freely on its white sugar-sand "Dog Beach" and splash in Muskegon's beautiful blue waters. This 52.3 acre park features two parking lots, nature trails, barrier dunes, accessible dune walkways, a playground, dune overlooks, four picnic shelters, restrooms, and a basketball court. For information on the Kruse Park Dog Beach, call the City of Muskegon Parks at 231-724-6707.
This 27.5 acre park is home to Muskegon's public beach, offering a large expanse of sugar-sand Lake Michigan shoreline. It's bordered on the north by the Muskegon Channel, home of the USS Silversides Submarine Museum. Facilities include fishing piers, a snack bar, two playgrounds, restrooms, a picnic area, forty volleyball courts and a 200 ft. handicap accessible walkway. Construction will begin this spring on a beach restaurant and bar. Pere Marquette Beach is part of the clean beach council, featuring beautiful sunsets, dune grass, and a lighthouse on the South Channel arm. For information on Pere Marquette Park and Beach, call 231-724-6707.
This beautiful park features forest covered dunes along nearly three miles of Lake Michigan's white, sandy shore. A beach house provides swimmers with a changing room, and the picnic area has sheltered tables, along with fire pits and grills. There are 10 miles of trails, a Dune Climb Stairway leading to the top of a high sand dune with an observation deck offering a panoramic view of the dunes and Lake Michigan. A focal point of the park is the Gillette Visitor Center which faces a towering sand dune, and offers a variety of programs to help visitors enjoy and understand the unique environment of the sand dunes of the Great Lakes. For more information on P.J. Hoffmaster State Park and Beach, contact the Michigan DNR at 231-798-3711.