Photograph courtesy of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce

Say Hello to Muskegon:

Charismatic Lakeshore Meets Laidback Lifestyle

Situated along the Lake Michigan shoreline, Muskegon is graced with miles of accessible, pristine beaches and northern woodlands. This diverse community offers a unique and affordable laid-back lifestyle rich in cultural and arts opportunities. Muskegon’s interesting history as a successful lumber town lead to a lasting philanthropic legacy evident in its historic downtown. Residents enjoy friendly neighborhoods and endless recreational opportunities unique to its beautiful lakeshore.

Muskegon is a hotspot for the entrepreneurs-driven, knowledge-based economy where advanced manufacturing thrives alongside historic leaders in metal, plastics and agricultural products. The community’s focus on education, medical care, and sustainability lead to Forbes naming it as the highest-ranking city in Michigan for job growth.

Photograph courtesy of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce

Muskegon offers a wealth of living options, ranging from beach side cottages to rural communities.  The historic downtown area offers condos, apartments and townhouse options, and is surrounded by vibrant neighborhoods.

Angell Jackson Hill Nelson
Beachwood-Bluffton Lakeside Nims
Campbell Field Marquette Oakview
East Muskegon Marsh Field Sheldon Park
Glenside McLaughlin Steele

Photograph courtesy of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce

Muskegon’s surrounding communities offer a variety of living styles to suit the tastes of its diverse population. To learn about Muskegon’s suburbs, click on the following communities for more information.

Casanovia
Nestled between Muskegon and Kent counties, Casanovia is situated at the top of a hill overlooking West Michigan’s beautiful orchard country. Residents of Casanovia typically attend Grand Rapids Public Schools.

Fruitport
Located halfway between Muskegon and Grand Haven, Fruitport is an area rich in agriculture. Pomona Park provides easy access to the eastern tip of Spring Lake.

Montague
One of the two towns on the eastern point of White Lake (Whitehall being the other), Montague offers a downtown shopping district, several parks, and extensive bike trails.

Muskegon Heights
Located south of the city of Muskegon, and only four miles from the shores of Lake Michigan, Muskegon Heights offers a diverse setting for a growing family.

North Muskegon

Almost an island, North Muskegon sits on a narrow penninsula between Muskegon Lake and the smaller Bear Lake. The town has its own school district.

Norton Shores

On the south side of Mona Lake, with 6 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, Norton Shores is a mix of rural and suburban. The nearby PJ Hoffmaster State Park offers a spectacular setting for outdoor enthusiasts.

Ravenna
A rural community, Ravenna is a thirty minute drive from Muskegon. The township has its own school district and the village has two parks.

Roosevelt Park
A blend of residential and commercial, Roosevelt Park offers nine parks within its city limits, each one as unique as the neighborhood in which it’s located.

Whitehall
As the other town on the eastern tip of White Lake (Montague being its norther counterpart), Whitehall offers a historic main street and easy access to Lake Michigan and White Lake for water enthusiasts.

Photograph courtesy of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce

Muskegon’s coastal lifestyle offers an eclectic mix of restaurants and cultural venues in unique settings.  The community offers so much variety that Forbes magazine ranks Muskegon as number 10 nationwide for culture and leisure activities among cities its size.

The beautiful Frauenthal Center, a versatile and artistic venue, offers performances and is rented for weddings and receptions, parties on the stage, business meetings, and speaking engagements.

Grand Valley State University offers many performances, lectures, and concerts that are open to the public in Allendale and Grand Rapids.

While you visit USS Silversides Submarine Museum, climb aboard and immerse yourself into the past aboard USS SILVERSIDES – a WWII submarine, and USCGC McLANE – a 1927 Coast Guard Cutter. Explore the decks and compartments and experience firsthand what it was like to serve on board these military vessels.

West Michigan Symphony serves a regional audience with eight concerts annually at Muskegon’s Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts, plus they provide dozens of educational and outreach activities for children and adults.

With performances that range from jazz, to chamber, to cabaret-style vocals, The Block hosts over a dozen shows per season and is available as a rental hall for special events.

The Holton Historical Society Museum allows space to display photos, oral histories, and documentation of families and farms, and maps of the Holton area collected by members and donated by citizens.

Formerly the Muskegon County Museum, the Lakeshore Museum Center is made up of multiple sites and buildings. In addition to the natural and cultural history museum, it offers the Hackley and Hume Historic Site, the Fire Barn Museum, the Scolnik House of the Depression Era, the Archives and much more.

Muskegon Civic Theatre is the only community theatre in Muskegon County, and utilizes volunteers in all aspects of the performing arts.

The Muskegon County Museum of African American Historyprovides local historical African American legacy information that will instill pride and motivation for young African Americans.

The Muskegon Museum of Art, founded on a tradition of aesthetic excellence, is committed to fostering the life-long study and appreciation of the visual arts by strengthening, preserving, and exhibiting its collections; offering a wide range of traditional and contemporary exhibitions; stimulating learning and creativity through diverse public and educational programming; and enhancing community involvement and support in a safe, accessible, and welcoming environment.

The Taste of Muskegon is a celebration of the area’s best restaurants, bakeries, and more serving up their specialties.

For decades, art has been a driving force in downtown Muskegon. The Lakeshore Art Festival continues that tradition with a unique blend of arts, crafts, music, food, and fun along the scenic shoreline. The Festival features hundreds of artists and crafters, a Children’s Lane, street performers, and a food area including an Artisan Food Market and festival food favorites.

Photograph courtesy of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce

With so much good happening in West Michigan, it’s easy to make your mark. If you want to make a real impact in the community you live in, we are the place to be. As a region, we rank above the national average in hours spent volunteering, and rank second in the nation in philanthropic giving.

The Johnson Center for Philanthropy offers a non-profit directory.

Feeding America West Michigan exists to ensure good food is available to the hungry in the community. By saving good surplus food from going to landfills, they can distribute that reclaimed food to pantries, shelters, and other local anti-hunger organizations in West Michigan counties.

Goodwill Industries of West Michigan provides work opportunities, skill development, and family strengthening resources in several West Michigan communities.

Muskegon Jaycees encourages young professionals ages 21-40 through business development and community involvement.

Catholic Charities West Michigan‘s programs and services focus on four distinct areas: community outreach, behavioral health, foster care and adoption, and family support.

American Red Cross of Greater Grand Rapids prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies. Local ARC volunteers provide critical (and often unseen) services in West Michigan every day. Volunteer applications are always welcome.

Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired serves adults and youth with low vision clinics, rehabilitation services, and support groups throughout 13 West Michigan counties.

MKDiversity

Grand Valley State University’s Diversity Resource Offices serve faculty, staff, students, and the community through its Inclusion and Equity Office, Disability Support Services, LGBT Resource Center, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Padnos International Center, and Women’s Center.

The Hispanic Center of West Michigan serves as a resource for the Hispanic and broader community.

The West Michigan Hispanic Chamber is dedicated to working with all members of the community to increase the economic advancement of Hispanic owned businesses and to assist in the professional growth of Hispanic business leaders in West Michigan.

The Institute for Healing Racism-Muskegon was established September 15, 1998 to build a just community in which racism, prejudice, hate, and their effects are eliminated.

The West Michigan Chamber Coalition publishes a guide to women and minority owned businesses in the area.

Little River Band of Ottawa Indians

Tribal Service Area Map

Latina Network of West Michigan

Muskegon Young Black Professionals

MKMichiganAdventure

Nature’s amenities are a draw for recreation-seekers, many of whom choose Muskegon for its 26 miles of Lake Michigan waterfront, 400 miles of rivers, more than 11,000 acres of inland lakes for boating, swimming, fishing or just relaxing as well as Muskegon’s award-winning beaches. A favorite port of call, miles and miles of trails and unspoiled coastline, rivers for rafting and fishing, and one of three luge runs in the U.S. make Muskegon a year-round recreation destination.

Great Lakes Marina resides on breathtaking Lake Muskegon, which is 50 feet deep, 8 miles long and 2 miles wide, and connects with Lake Michigan allowing full access to the water and everything it has to offer.

The main attractions of PJ Hoffmaster State Park are the Dune Climb Stairway leading to the top of a high sand dune where an observation deck offers a panoramic view of the dunes and Lake Michigan, the Gillette Visitor Center, three miles of sandy beaches, and 10 miles of hiking trails.

Michigan’s Adventure is a theme and water park featuring seven roller coasters.

Gillette Nature Center promotes and sponsors interpretive activities and educational opportunities for the Muskegon and Ottawa county community surrounding the Gillette Visitor Center at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park.

The Muskegon County Convention and Visitors Bureau offers a complete list of beaches and parks in the area.

Muskegon Bike Time is a free, three-day motorcycle event.

The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud members of the United States Hockey League, the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and the leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States.

The Muskegon Risers are a member of The Premier League of America (PLA) and participate in both outdoor and indoor soccer seasons.

The West Michigan Ironmen Michigan’s only professional indoor football team and are currently playing the Champion Indoor Football League (CIF).

The West Michigan Lake Hawks are a professional basketball team playing in the American Basketball League (ABA). Their home games are played at a few different Muskegon Area High Schools and their season runs October through March.

Muskegon State Park offers more than two miles of shoreline on Lake Michigan and over one mile on Muskegon Lake, along with camping and hiking.

The Muskegon Winter Sports Complex offers a luge run, ice skating, skiing, and more.

Golf

Muskegon has a variety of golf courses for every skill level:

Moss Ridge Golf Club

Chase Hammond Golf Course

Muskegon Country Club

Oak Ridge Golf Club

Stonegate Golf Club

Lincoln Golf Club

University Park Golf Course

Bent Pine Golf Course

White Lake Golf Club

Eagle Island Golf Course

Photograph courtesy of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce

Restaurant Search

Our partners at the Convention and Visitors Bureaus have a complete listing of area restaurants and a handy search tool.

Breweries

Unruly Brewing Company
Pigeon Hill Brewing Company
Fetch Brewing Company