Muskegon is a working waterfront in its truest form, featuring a cross-lake car ferry to Milwaukee, Wisconsin; science labs and research vessels; commercial docking; recreational marinas; commercial fishing operations; and ongoing redevelopment of former coal-fired power plant and paper mill brownfield sites.
Best suited for: Diverse waterfronts | Research and academics | Restoration and recreation
- Largest population on Lake Michigan’s eastern shore
- Dates back to Michigan’s early logging industry
- Heavily industrial waterfront; designated as an Area of Concern (AOC) in 1985
Depart Amway Grand Plaza Hotel (45-minute drive; boxed lunches provided for the road).
Begin at NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) Lake Michigan Field Station | 1431 Beach St.
- Muskegon Channel
- Historic U.S. Coast Guard facilities
- Pere Marquette Park
Ride east toward Torresen Marine | 3003 Lakeshore Dr.
- Certified Michigan Clean Marina
- Commercial fisheries and marinas
- Lake Express cross-lake ferry to Wisconsin
Visit Sappi property.
- Former paper mill undergoing mixed-use redevelopment
Explore Grand Valley State University (GVSU) Annis Water Resources Institute | 740 West Shoreline Dr.
- Multidisciplinary research facility with waterfront access and science vessels
Travel northeast along Muskegon Lake.
- Residential zoning, boat launches, and commercial docks
- Shuttered B.C. Cobb Consumers Energy power plant
Explore $10 million NOAA wetland restoration project.
- 100 acres of restored wetlands designed to address algal blooms and declining lake oxygen
Depart Muskegon for Grand Rapids (45-minute drive).
The Muskegon tour will be predominantly on charter buses with occasional stops. Participants should bring comfortable walking shoes and a water bottle. Expect to encounter uneven sidewalks, staircases, and sandy beaches.