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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 Centers

Muskegon County Convention and Visitors Bureau 610 W. Western Ave. Muskegon, MI 49440. Phone:(231)724-3100 or (800)250-9283

Self-guiding Tours

The Muskegon County Convention and Visitors Bureau offers a walking tour brochure featuring 32 of Muskegon's historic homes and buildings.

Things to Do

Gillette Sand Dune Visitor Center

Lakeshore Museum Center

Hackley and Hume Historic Site

Michigan's Adventure Amusement Park

Muskegon Museum of Art

USS LST 393 Veterans Museum

USS Silversides Submarine Museum

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