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Great Lakes Scuttlebutt Spring Issue 2017 : Page 72

Muskegon County COURTES Y OF Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau Boaters know that West Michigan offers one of the most spectacular shorelines in the world, and the star of Michigan’s West Coast is Muskegon County, occupying over 26 miles of the beautiful blue water and white sand that is Lake Michigan. With towering dunes, breathtaking sunsets and easy access to an abundance of marinas and launch ramps, Muskegon is truly are a boater’s freshwater paradise. In addition to the “Big Lake,” Muskegon boasts 57 beautiful inland lakes. Muskegon Lake is the largest natural deep-water port in West Michigan, offering four major launch ramps and ten fantastic marinas. It is also home to the Lake Express high-speed ferry, the Port City Princess, and three historic ships open for tours. In the northern part of Muskegon County, nestled between the cities of Whitehall and Montague, is White Lake, offering easy access to Lake Michigan, seven marinas and plenty of launch ramps. The White Lake Area is popular with visitors for its small town charm and artsy vibe. Both lakes are teeming with bass, walleye, pike, and panfish. When you come ashore, you’ll find many dockside restaurants serving delectable local offerings. Try the Lakehouse Waterfront Grill, situated in the Shoreline Inn and overlooking Terrace Point Marina. This popular restaurant features gorgeous views, cool breezes, and warm sunsets. The Deck, located at the ovals at Pere Marquette Park offers the three Bs — beer, barbeque and the beach! Enjoy a panoramic Lake Michigan view at this casual and relaxing summer favorite. Tucked away in the quaint Harbor Town Marina, overlooking Muskegon Lake is Docker’s Fishhouse. They’re just steps from Pere Marquette Beach and offer easy access and docking for all boaters; be sure to check out the live music at the Tiki Bar. Whether you’re looking for a sumptuous meal with a view, authentic ethnic cuisine or a farm-to-table experience, you’re going to love the restaurant choices in Muskegon County. n i ng i t Boa Lake Michigan PHOTO BY BILL REEK 72 GREATLAKESSCUTTLEBUTT.COM March & April 2017

Muskegon, Mich.

Read the full article at http://www.bluetoad.com/article/Muskegon%2C+Mich./2723700/388247/article.html.

Guest Columnist: Kathleen Forrest

Boating in MUSKEGON COUNTY

COURTESY OF MUSKEGON COUNTY CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU

Boaters know that West Michigan offers one of the most spectacular shorelines in the world, and the star of Michigan’s West Coast is Muskegon County, occupying over 26 miles of the beautiful blue water and white sand that is Lake Michigan. With towering dunes, breathtaking sunsets and easy access to an abundance of marinas and launch ramps, Muskegon is truly are a boater’s freshwater paradise.

In addition to the “Big Lake,” Muskegon boasts 57 beautiful inland lakes. Muskegon Lake is the largest natural deep-water port in West Michigan, offering four major launch ramps and ten fantastic marinas. It is also home to the Lake Express high-speed ferry, the Port City Princess, and three historic ships open for tours. In the northern part of Muskegon County, nestled between the cities of Whitehall and Montague, is White Lake, offering easy access to Lake Michigan, seven marinas and plenty of launch ramps. The White Lake Area is popular with visitors for its small town charm and artsy vibe. Both lakes are teeming with bass, walleye, pike, and panfish.

When you come ashore, you’ll find many dockside restaurants serving delectable local offerings. Try the Lakehouse Waterfront Grill, situated in the Shoreline Inn and overlooking Terrace Point Marina. This popular restaurant features gorgeous views, cool breezes, and warm sunsets. The Deck, located at the ovals at Pere Marquette Park offers the three Bs — beer, barbeque and the beach! Enjoy a panoramic Lake Michigan view at this casual and relaxing summer favorite.

Tucked away in the quaint Harbor Town Marina, overlooking Muskegon Lake is Docker’s Fishhouse. They’re just steps from Pere Marquette Beach and offer easy access and docking for all boaters; be sure to check out the live music at the Tiki Bar. Whether you’re looking for a sumptuous meal with a view, authentic ethnic cuisine or a farm-to-table experience, you’re going to love the restaurant choices in Muskegon County.

You’ll also find that Muskegon is a perfect natural playground for outdoor enthusiasts. With three state and six county parks, you’re never far away from the beaches of Lake Michigan or a scenic, forested campground or hiking trail. Our area offers over 65 miles of winding trails for hiking and biking devotees.

In addition to our natural adventures, try Michigan’s Adventure Amusement and Water Park, and ride miles of thrills aboard Shivering Timbers Rollercoaster or defy gravity on the Funnel of Fear. Those with more cerebral tastes will enjoy our cultural offerings including our historic and very walkable downtown area, our acclaimed music and art festivals, and our many museums such as the USS Silversides Submarine Museum, the LST 393 Veterans Museum and our renowned Museum of Art which will be offering a very special exhibit beginning in May 2017. “Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian” is internationally recognized as the most comprehensive ethnographic and photographic historical record of Native Americans ever produced! Word is getting out about this Michigan Beachtown™.

There’s so much to do, see, and experience in Muskegon County that we are now a regular port of call for the Pearl Mist Great Lakes cruise ship, one of the most luxurious cruising vessels in the world. Enjoy breathtaking scenery, abundant fishing, culinary adventures, and an array of exciting attractions here on Michigan’s “Midwest Riviera!”

For a ‘Buy One, Get One Free’ admission ticket coupon to the USS Silversides Submarine Museum, see their ad on Page 121. To plan your trip to the area, check out www.visitmuskegon.org.

Read the full article at http://www.bluetoad.com/article/Guest+Columnist%3A+Kathleen+Forrest/2723706/388247/article.html.

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