If you’re into remote northern lakes, shallow sun baked swimming pools or paddling super scenic Michigan waterways, you’d be into Duck Lake State Park.
Muskegon’s best kept secret, Duck Lake State Park is a picture perfect, 728 acre park with an abundance of opportunities to spend your day outdoors.
Plenty of parking, sites to launch paddle or motor crafts, hiking trails, an outdoor pavilion, multiple access points to waterfront and serviced bathrooms is easily accessible to all.
Boating/Fishing: Duck Lake is a motor safe lake and is abundant in bass and other pan fish. There is no launch fee so long as you have your Michigan Recreation Passport. Lake Michigan is not accessible by boat (too shallow).
Swimming: Perhaps the biggest draw to Duck Lake State Park is the swimming opportunities. Plenty of beach space on both Duck Lake and Lake Michigan accompanied by warm, shallow swimming spots perfect for kids.
Paddling: Put in anywhere in the park. A lesser known access is along Scenic Drive on the south west corner of Duck Lake.
Restrooms: Flush toilets available, no changing stations.
Picnic: A wooded area shades the picnic grounds. Fire pits/grills are available.
Hiking: A paved path follows the scenic shoreline of Duck Lake.
Coming from the south and from Muskegon State Park, you’ll approach the park suddenly after exiting the dense oak forests along Scenic Drive. On the left you’ll see Lake Michigan with a narrow beach until it get’s close to the shallow Duck Lake Channel. To your immediate right will be about 20 parking spaces for super quick beach access. Keep going and you’ll reach the bridge. At the bridge on your left you’ll see the most opportune swimming spot with the quiet and scenic Duck Lake to your right. Continue over the bridge and take a right into the park where a ranger will greet you during summer months. No need to pay so long as you have your Michigan State Park Recreation Passport on your license. If you don’t, an $11 fee will have to be paid but will be good for all Michigan State Parks for the remainder of the year. After entering, you’ll find tons of parking, an awesome boardwalk to the channel, a paved hiking trail, an outdoor pavilion, boat launch and public restrooms.
Spend the day or spend an hour, we love this park!