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Lake Michigan Public Beach Locations in Muskegon

This is a map of public Lake Michigan beaches in the Muskegon area, including North Muskegon, Muskegon Heights, Norton Shores, and Roosevelt Park.

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1 - Muskegon State Park: You're going to need a state park sticker to access this beach, but it's well worth the $20, year long state park pass. Muskegon state park also has:

  • Camp grounds
  • Picnic areas
  • Hiking trails
  • Fishing
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • The Luge in the Winter Sports Complex
  • And the Block House scenic overlook isn't far.

2 - Pere Marquette park: No state permit required. This is a straight up beach experience on one of the 50 cleanest public beaches in America. Get out of the car and you're on the beach. No searching or long hikes through the woods.

  • 200' wheelchair accessible boardwalk.
  • Playground
  • Picnic pavilions with grills
  • Close to channel for fishing and watching ships
  • Tours of the historic Silversides World War II Pacific Theater submarine, docked in the channel
  • Pier with lighthouse
  • Dog walking beach
  • A restaurant/bar on the beach
  • Volleyball nets

If you want someplace nice yearround to sit in your car while you have your fast food lunch, this is where the locals do it. Or if you just want to cruise past the beach and the lake to see what's going on, this gives an excellent roadside view. You'll see a lot of kite boarders and wind surfing here when the wind picks up.

This beach is spacious and open and great for people watching.

3 - Kruse Park: No state permit required. This beach feels a little more secluded than many beaches partly because of the high dunes behind you as you swim, and the wooded areas.

  • A wheelchair accessible ramp leads down to a wooden platform on the beach
  • Large playground
  • Boardwalks through the dunes
  • Picnic pavilions and grills
  • Scenic overlooks

4 - Lake Harbor Park: No State permit required. While this beach requires quite a bit more walking to get to, the area offers a lot of wooded trails for hiking and has relatively low foot traffic compared to other beaches. When finished with the water, go for a long walk in the woods. This beach has no wheelchair access.

  • Picnic pavilions and grills
  • Outhouses
  • Fishing
  • Scenic overlook
  • The woods contain the old garden flora and ruins of a large estate that stood on the premises over a century ago.
  • Fishing

5 - Hoffmaster State Park A state permit is required to use this park. The permit costs $20 for a year, and it will get you into any state part in Michigan, so it's worth the dough.

The beach has no wheelchair access.

  • Camp grounds
  • Picnic areas
  • Hiking trails
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Public restrooms and changing rooms
  • The Gilette Nature Center