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78 Muskegon State Park Southern Lower Peninsula

wildlife viewing  |  directions and facility information

stream  forest  sand dune
Photos: © Phil Seng

 

aerial view
Photo: Wolf, MI DNR

More than 1,000 acres of scenic natural area are nestled between Muskegon Lake and Lake Michigan. This site contains dunes, interdunal ponds, forests, fields, lakefront, and a rare coastal plain marsh. Bicycling is prohibited on all trails due to Protected Dune status of the park. A future cooperative "bike route" is planned which would run along the north side of Muskegon Lake, through Muskegon State Park, then north along the Lake Michigan shoreline to Duck Lake State Park.

Wildlife Viewing

bog
Photo: © Phil Seng

Because a large portion of this park is surrounded by water, it is naturally a good place to view waterfowl and shorebirds from spring through fall. Bald eagles are also seen along the lakeshores during winter. For those who enjoy unique plants, the area around Lost Lake is a gold mine. Lost Lake really is not a lake at all. It is a coastal plain marsh a rare natural community, and one of only 41 left in Michigan's state park system. Look carefully along the shores of Lost Lake and you probably will find the carnivorous (meat-eating) pitcher plant. This specialized plant is able to digest small insects to supplement the scarce nutrients available from bog soils. Please do not pick or disturb fragile bog plants.

The park is closed to hunting, but waterfowl may be hunted on Muskegon Lake during the proper season. All hunting must occur from the water and shooting toward the shoreline is prohibited. Contact the Michigan Department of Natural Resources for hunting seasons and regulations.

MapDirections

From Muskegon, go north on US-31 to M-120. Turn left (west) onto M-120, and proceed through the town of North Muskegon to the park entrance. In North Muskegon, the road name changes to Ruddiman and later to Memorial Drive.

Ownership: Michigan Department of Natural Resources (269) 744-3480

Size: 1,165 acres

Closest Town: North Muskegon

Weather and Driving Directions for North Muskegon

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