Enjoy camping in Central Michigan at Muskegon State Park. This awesome park is bordered by Lake Michigan to the west and the Muskegon shipping channel to the south.
Recently I returned from a solo camping trip in southwest Michigan along the lake. I started at Muskegon State Park and traveled south to PJ Hoffmaster State Park, Grand Haven State Park, Holland State Park, Van Buren State Park, and Warren Dunes State Park.
I have been to Warren Dunes and Holland as part of my Circle Lake Michigan Camping Trip.
Muskegon SP is west of the town of North Muskegon. This 1233-acre natural area sits on the northwest side of Muskegon Lake.
Camping at Muskegon State Park
This state park has 244 campsites over two campgrounds: Lake Michigan Campground and Channel Campground.
Lake Michigan Campground near Muskegon
This wooded campground is located at the top of a dune at the north end of the park. Sites are unpaved and unlevel.
This campground has two bathhouses and a dump station.
There is a fantastic Lake Michigan overlook with stairs that lead down to a beautiful beach.
There are two mini cabins and a yurt that is open year-round, along with half of the campsites.
The Sports Complex is located across from this campground. It has both a winter and summer luge track open to the public, as well as a zip line and archery.
Cell phone connectivity is spotty in this part of the park.
Muskegon Channel Campground
I stayed two nights in the Channel Campground, which is located in the south part of the park on low dunes along the Ship Channel. This campground has great views of Muskegon Lake and the surrounding area.
There are two loops in this campground. A beach area sits along Muskegon Lake.
The first loop is entirely 20/30 amp sites. Sites are small and close together. This is a great loop if you want to get several sites together.
The second loop has larger more spread-out campsites, many of which are 50 amp. This loop is great if you want separation from other campers.
All sites have a paved parking pad, a picnic table, and a fire ring.
Each loop has a bathhouse, each with a restroom with 4 stalls and 3 sinks, an ADA family restroom, and four shower rooms, two of which are ADA. There is also a snack vending machine.
The check-in station sells ice and firewood, along with some stickers and nick-nacks to support the park.
There is excellent cellular connectivity in this campground, which is open from mid-April through mid-October.
Recommended Sites at Channel Campground
The best views of the channel are from sites 23, 24, 25, 28, 30, 32, 33, 34, 35, 109, 111, and 112.
Great views of Muskegon Lake are from sites 144, 146, and 147.
The second night I stayed in site 30, which had a great view of the ship canal. I enjoyed seeing boat traffic go by out my back window.
The Muskegon Harbor Navigation Project, which is maintained by the Army Corp of Engineers, runs along the shipping channel. There is a long paved path that goes out near the channel opening.
This concrete boardwalk has two fishing piers. There are numerous benches and a covered picnic table along the path.
It was a high-wind day during my visit, so windsurfers and kite surfers were out at the mouth of the channel. I captured the action in this photo:
Things to do at Muskegon State Park
There are 12 miles of dune trails in the park. An ADA trail can be found at the Sports Complex.
There is an old blockhouse up on the dune along the scenic drive. It has amazing views of Lake Michigan.
Launch a boat into Muskegon Lake near the east entrance.
Muskegon State Park Beach
There is a beach with two large parking lots and a seasonal bathhouse. I saw a few wetsuit-wearing surfers riding the swells on a blustery day.
Caution! As I was leaving, I decided to stop by the beach to watch the surfers. The wind was causing the sand to drift and I got stuck. I tried to dig myself out, but it was futile.
Fortunately, a very kind local named Joe pulled me out with his Super Duty truck and tow strap. I was so grateful to not have to call for a wrecker to pull the motorhome out.
Moral of the story: be cautious of blowing sand and drifts!
Overall, I loved my visit to Muskegon State Park. I plan to return during the summer months when it is warmer and explore all it has to offer.
Michigan Camping Trips