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Muskegon Beaches

Muskegon lighthouse
Muskegon offers a selection of beautiful Lake Michigan beaches, boasting both state park and city beaches, including one of Michigan’s few nationally certified clean beaches,Pere Marquette Beach.

Pere Marquette Park Beach
Not only does Pere Marquette Park have what is considered by many to be Muskegon’s finest beach, but it’s free to enter. As you might expect, this can lead to crowds on weekends, so get there early. Pere Marquette offers picnic tables and grills, a snack bar, playground and a 200-foot walkway down to the beach, so you don’t have to slog through thick sand in order to arrive at the water’s edge. Then there’s that great view of Muskegon’s picturesque red lighthouse. Pere Marquette hosts a number of events throughout the summer months, including a popular family “movie on the beach,” held once a month, please check the Visit Muskegon events calendar for more information about this and other beach events.

Pere Marquette Beach

Hoffmaster Park DunesP.J. Hoffmaster State Park Beach
Located south of town, P.J. Hoffmaster State Park features three miles of beach along Lake Michigan. Visitors can hike along the dunes and check out the view from the observation platform, or pop into the visitor’s center to learn about the plants and critters that call the park home. There’s concessions, a beach house, picnic facilities and a campground.

P.J. Hoffmaster State Park

Muskegon State Park Beach
This little gem of a park boasts miles of shoreline along Lake Michigan and Muskegon Lake, camping and one of the few public luge runs in the country. The Lake Michigan beach offers a beach house, great views of Muskegon’s lighthouse and there’s a picnic shelter and boat launch along Muskegon Lake. The park offers a choice of two campgrounds: a 105 site space along Lake Michigan or 139 sites on Muskegon Lake. If you’re a thrill seeker, check out the winter sports compound located at the north end of the park, which offers a luge run in winter and a wheeled luge run in summer.

Muskegon State Park

Kruse Dog Beach Muskegon
Norman F. Kruse Park Beach & Dog Beach

Norman Kruse Beach is a small, picturesque beach on Lake Michigan, with a separate dog beach for your favorite four-legged friend.

Kruse Park

Grand Haven State Park Beach

Grand Haven State Park Beach

While most beachgoers probably approach the Grand Haven beach from downtown, I like to take Grand Avenue. I’m driving down the road surrounded by homes and tall trees, then I turn a bend and suddenly the stunningly blue Lake Michigan stretches endlessly before me, breathtaking in its beauty.

evening beach
Evening at the beach – see the surfer on the right?

The Grand Haven State Park Beach is the biggest and most popular of the area’s beaches. Bordered by the South Pier, home to Grand Haven’s picturesque red lighthouse, the state park beach offers 48 acres of sandy beach, a campground and a generous parking lot.

At the center of the beach is a small building where hungry beachgoers can grab snacks like freshly grilled burgers or cones piled high wiith creamy Hudsonville ice cream. A shop inside sells floaties, sandpails with shovels, sunscreen, disposable cameras and other handy items that might have been forgotten, and there are bathrooms.

The state parks use a flag system to alert swimmers to dangerous swimming conditions. A green flag signifies calm water, a yellow flag means there are big waves, so use caution when swimming, and a red flag indicates hazardous swimming conditions.

Dimitri Beach2

Those with a state park pass can enter for free, otherwise cars pay at the kiosk while entering the park. Some lucky souls can snag the few street parking slots available and walk in.

See also Smaller Grand Haven Area Lake Michigan Beaches for more beach options

Grand Haven State Park
1001 Harbor Drive
Grand Haven, MI 49417


Campgrounds in Grand Haven

Grand Haven offers several camping options, but the favorite by far is the Grand Haven State Park campground, where you’ll fall asleep to the sound of waves crashing against the shore.  There’s barely a tree in sight, but who cares when the Lake Michigan beach is literally right outside your door?Eat breakfast outside and enjoy views of the sand, the glistening water and Grand Haven’s cheerful red lighthouse, rising like a rocket from a pier that juts out into the lake. There’s a pavilion serving goodies like burgers, hot dogs and ice cream, and a shop selling all the beach things you might have left at home, like suncreen and beach balls.   What’s more, guests can enjoy sand & sun all day long, then walk the boardwalk along the Grand River into lively downtown Grand Haven.  If long walks aren’t your thing, take your car or use the trolley service that runs between the beach and downtown.

Families traveling with children or grandchildren might also enjoy staying at the Grand Haven Campground situated just south of town.  The Grand Haven location of this popular chain features amenities kids love, like mini-golf, heated pool and more.

Another Grand Haven option is the

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Grand Haven State Park

Grand Haven Campground