The Muskegon State Park is described as one of Michigan's hidden gems. There is plenty of water to be found in this location. The park includes shoreline to Lake Michigan, a channel that connects Lake Michigan to Muskegon Lake and frontage to Muskegon Lake.
The beaches along Lake Michigan are among the most beautiful to be found anywhere. The sandy beach is nearly three-quarters of a mile long. It is the perfect place for swimming, sunbathing, and playing on the shore. Bring a small picnic and watch the sunset over the vastness of Lake Michigan. The paved pathway along the channel will afford views of the Muskegon South Pierhead Lighthouse and USS Silversides, a retired submarine that is based at the Great Lakes Naval Memorial & Museum.
The park has many things to do and is open year-round. A winter wonderland, you can even plan to return in winter months to walk the trails, cross-country ski, or luge. For summer months, the beach, campground, picnicking, and trails are the highlights.
Pets are welcome on a 6-foot leash in Michigan state parks, campgrounds, state forests, non-designated bathing beach areas, harbors and the majority of trails and boat launches.
While you are in the area, you can travel just down the road to the Norman F. Kruse Park. This dog beach is at the corner of Sherman and Beach Street, just down the road from the state park, in Muskegon. The northern end of the park has a dog beach. Your dog can go off leash for swimming but must remain on the leash while on the sand. The park has one mile of beachfront on Lake Michigan, so there will be plenty of room for fun with your dog. Adjacent to a park, you can plan to picnic and enjoy this site as well as the state park to your north.