78 Muskegon State Park
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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.
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
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.