We traveled to Muskegon State Park in July, 2018. One of our friends told us we had to check it out because it was one of his new favorites. We were lucky enough to score a campsite in the channel campground on a cancellation so we knew it was a sign that we must visit!
Our Campsite at Muskegon State Park
We camped on site 101 in the second loop of the channel campground. Our campsite was spacious, shaded, and very private compared to many other state campgrounds we’ve visited. This was the case for most of the sites in the second loop. If we visit again, we’d definitely choose this section again over others.
The only real downside to the second loop channel campground was the bath house. It was not only dated, but really in a state of disrepair. The tiles in the showers were crumbling and the faucets were not working properly so it was impossible to control the temperature.
Muskegon State Park Campground
While Muskegon State Park doesn’t seem to be one of the more popular campgrounds in the state, after our visit we feel it is a bit underrated. The main beach is nice but it is open to the public so it gets VERY crowded when the weather is warm. It is a bit of a walk to the main beach from the channel campground so bikes (or driving) are very helpful at this park, especially if you have small kids like us.
When we visited it was really windy and the red flags were flying so we chose to check out Muskegon Lake. We walked to the sandy area in the channel campground and our kids had tons of fun climbing the dunes and swimming. Unfortunately, when we returned that afternoon the entire area had turned into boat party spot (read: loud music). Keep this in mind if you plan to select a site close to Muskegon Lake. We decided that if we visit again we’ll choose a time that isn’t during the peak of the season to try to avoid running into this.
What’s Around Muskegon State Park?
The Muskegon area has so much to offer! Whether you’re looking for beach time or the ability to do some shopping, the area has you covered. We went for a drive along the shore to take in the views. We also made a visit for ice cream at Hometown Creamery (about 10 minutes from the park). The ice cream was delicious on a warm day and our kids were able to play on their playground!