Take one look at Muskegon, Michigan and you will surely notice the stark contrasts in the city’s landscape. One on hand, the city is home to 26 miles of beaches along the shores of Lake Michigan with a backdrop of lush green forests. On the other hand, Muskegon is a fast-growing urban area of approximately 38,500.
The word “Muskegon” stems from the Ottawa Indian term “Musquigon,” which means “marshy river”. European explorers have known about the area around present day Muskegon since the seventeenth century. The French, in particular, mapped the land that would become Muskegon during this time period. For most of its history, Muskegon was known for its lumber. As it turns out, the land around the marshy river was idea for growing acres of lush forest. In fact, the city’s lumber era was so dominant, that Muskegon was once home to more millionaires than any other city in the United States during the early 1800’s.
Muskegon is the perfect destination for those who love the outdoors, sports, and quality family fun. The city and surrounding areas have over 60 miles of wilderness trails for hiking, biking, and snowboarding. Muskegon’s 34 parks include three beach front parks and two state parks. If a day of golf is what you seek, Muskegon has five traditional golf courses, three mini golf courses, and even three disc golf courses. The city also has both indoor and outdoor skating rinks, five bowling alleys, and a few drive-in movie theaters.