DescriptionFormerly known as the Lumber Queen of the World, Muskegon produced 665 million board feet of lumber in 1888 alone. Although the languishing of the logging boom severely affected the town, the excellence of its harbor and success in attracting new enterprises prospered it. Muskegon is the largest city on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, with a diversified mix of industry, tourism, culture and recreational activities comprising its economy.
More than 3,000 acres of recreational land balance Muskegon's industrial image. Pere Marquette Park occupies the southern flank of the channel; Muskegon State Park is to the north. The lakeside highway leading north from Muskegon State Park is an especially scenic drive.
The Muskegon River offers fishing for walleye, boating and canoeing; numerous lakes and streams are restocked yearly. Hundreds of anglers line the channel and breakwater walls on Lake Michigan during the perch and salmon runs.
The Lake Express, a high-speed car ferry, connects Muskegon with Milwaukee, saving travelers a 286-mile drive around the southern end of the lake through Chicago. The ferry, which travels 76 nautical miles in 2.5 hours, makes several round-trips daily from late April or early May through October; phone (866) 914-1010 for schedule and fares.
Visitor InfoMuskegon County Convention and Visitors Bureau 610 W. Western Ave. MUSKEGON, MI 49440. Phone:(231)724-3100 or (800)250-9283
Self-guiding toursThe Muskegon County Convention and Visitors Bureau offers a walking tour brochure featuring 32 of Muskegon's historic homes and buildings.
Things to SeeGillette Sand Dune Visitor Center