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Muskegon State Park is a tranquil 1,200-acre tract nestled on the shores of Lake Michigan to the east and Lake Muskegon to the west. Conveniently situated smack in between Chicago and Detroit, this park is the perfect destination or stopover on your cross-country road trip.
Fortunately, you won’t need to drive to the Windy or Motor Cities for fun activities and urban attractions. The city of Muskegon is a hot spot for adventurers keen to explore the greatest of the Great Lakes. Muskegon County also boasts heaps of cultural attractions, historic sites, three state parks, and more than 25 miles of sandy beaches. Book an RV in Muskegon County so you can stay awhile and experience the endless activities in this action-packed part of the Great Lake State.
If you’re like most folks camping at Muskegon State Park in the summer, you’ll probably spend most of your time down by the water. Kayaking and canoeing are favorite pastimes here. Launch your private watercraft from the boat ramp at Snug Harbor. Lucky anglers might just reel in a catfish from the deep waters of Lake Muskegon. Cast your line in search of bass or bluegill from one of two piers located off the channel and at Snug Harbor. If you’d rather be in the water than on it, make a beeline for the swimming beach.
Back on land, a 12-mile hiking trail network welcomes walkers of all fitness levels. For an easy hike, take the Lost Lake Trail and snap photos of the colorful wildflowers along the banks of Lost Lake. Along the way, you can connect to the Scenic Ridge Trail to extend your walk. This trail wanders for just over a mile past the dune ridges and boasts beautiful views of the city of Muskegon.
If you’re planning your RV camping trip for the fall, don’t miss the park’s Fall Harvest Fest. This fun event is exclusive to Muskegon State Park campers and features fun outdoor games, face-painting, and even a parade.
The fun doesn’t stop in winter — in fact, it’s only just beginning. Pack your winter gear in the rental RV to make the most of the park’s Winter Sports Complex. This recreation center comes complete with lighted and groomed ski trails, three ice skating rinks, sledding hills, and even a luge track used by Olympic athletes. Ice fishing is also a popular winter activity. After you’ve explored this winter wonderland, warm up at the cozy sports lodge.
You shouldn’t have any trouble finding a spot to park your rental motorhome at Muskegon Lake State Park. The park’s two campgrounds offer more than 200 sites. However, it’s a good idea to book your site up to six months in advance, especially if you’re camping during the peak season between April and October.
Lake Michigan Campground features 105 campsites equipped with 20, 30, and 50-amp electric hookups. As its name suggests, this campground offers stunning vistas of Lake Michigan from an overlook. Half of the sites here welcome campers all year long, while the other half are closed in the winter.
Channel Campground offers 139 seasonal, electric sites which are open from April to October. Both campgrounds offer access to modern restrooms, showers, a dump station, and drinking water. The maximum length for RV rentals is 50 feet at both campgrounds.
Ready to wrap up your Muskegon State Park camping trip? You’ll have no trouble finding gas and groceries; Muskegon has dozens of gas stations and general stores. If you time your visit just right, you can even pick up some fresh, local produce from one of the city’s farmers’ markets.
Muskegon also has an attraction for everyone in your crew, from the kiddie campers and art enthusiasts to the history buffs and nature lovers. Catch a show at the Muskegon Civic Theatre, or marvel at the masterpieces housed within the Muskegon Museum of Art. For a dose of fresh air, venture through downtown Muskegon’s Monet Gardens, inspired by the eponymous gardens in France.
While you’re in the area, be sure to see the Muskegon South Pierhead Lighthouse. This magnificent landmark towering over the harbor has been guiding ships to safety since the early 1900s. If you’re craving an adrenaline rush, make the short drive to Michigan’s Adventure for all the roller coasters and wave pools you can handle.
These attractions only scratch the surface of what Muskegon County has to offer, so find an RV rental near Muskegon State Park and start planning your Lake Michigan adventure. When you’ve explored until you can explore no more, I-96 will take you southeast toward Grand Rapids and Detroit.