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Encyclopedia > Muskegon Lake

Muskegon Lake is a 4,149 acre fresh-water lake in Muskegon County, Michigan, USA. Located in the lower peninsula at the mouth of the Muskegon River, Muskegon Lake forms a 12-square mile broad harbor along the eastern shoreline of Lake Michigan, approximately 2.5 miles (4km) wide by 5.5 miles (8.9 km) long. Muskegon County is a county located in the state of Michigan. ... Official language(s) None (English, de-facto) Capital Lansing Largest city Detroit Area  Ranked 11th  - Total 97,990 sq mi (253,793 km²)  - Width 239 miles (385 km)  - Length 491 miles (790 km)  - % water 41. ... The Muskegon River is a river in the western portion of the lower peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. ... Sunset on Lake Michigan Lake Michigan is one of the five Great Lakes of North America. ...

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Hydrology

The Muskegon River, Michigan's second-longest river, originating at Houghton Lake and flowing southwest for 227 miles, empties into Muskegon Lake at the eastern end before entering Lake Michigan. On the north, Bear Creek/Lake empties into the lake via the Bear Lake Channel and on the south, Ryerson Creek and Ruddiman Creek flow into Muskegon Lake. The Muskegon River is a river in the western portion of the lower peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. ... Houghton Lake is the name of a few places in the United States: Houghton Lake, Michigan, an unincorporated community Houghton Lake, the name of two lakes in Michigan Houghton Lake, is a small lake in Marshall County, Indiana This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages...


History

Muskegon Lake played an important role in the early development of the city of Muskegon, as well as the logging industry in Michigan. Timber, particularly white pine, was harvested throughout central Michigan and floated downstream on the Muskegon River to the lake, which at one time boasted more than 47 sawmills along its banks.


Cities and parks

Cities located on Muskegon Lake include Muskegon, Michigan and North Muskegon, Michigan. Major parks located along Muskegon Lake include Muskegon State Park on the north at Lake Michigan, Heritage Landing in downtown Muskegon, and Pere Marquette Park on the south at Lake Michigan. Muskegon is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. ...


Transportation

Docks for the Lake Express Cross-Lake Ferry which provides ferry service across Lake Michigan between Muskegon, Michigan to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, are located on the southern shore of Muskegon Lake. Muskegon Lake sightseeing trips are also available aboard the Port City Princess.


Recreational activites

Several public and private marinas and boat launch facilities are located along the shores of Muskegon Lake and recreational sailing and boating are popular activities. Sport fishing is also popular on Muskegon Lake where King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Steelhead, Brown Trout, Lake Trout and Perch are found. Other popular activities include camping, hiking, picnicing, concerts and festivals.


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Muskegon, Michigan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (784 words)
The city is adjacent to two bodies of water: Lake Michigan to the west and Muskegon Lake to the north.
Muskegon Summer Celebration (late June/early July), is a ten-day festival, held during the July 4th holiday every year, that brings national music acts of all backgrounds to the shore of Muskegon Lake at Heritage Landing.
The mansions are operated with the Muskegon County Museum, which details the grand, rich history of Muskegon County, from the Pottawatomi and Ottawa Native American tribes and lakeside fur traders to the Lumber Queen of the World to today.
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