by Kevin Hillstrom & Laurie Collier Hillstrom (Falcon Guides)
A sleepy section of Michigan’s second-longest river that is ideal for family camping trips. The Muskegon River is the friendly giant of Michigan rivers. It is the state’s second-biggest river (next to the Grand), snaking its way for nearly 230 miles through the green forests of the northwestern Lower Peninsula before discharging into Lake Michigan.
But despite its great size—it ultimately drains a watershed of more than 2,300 square miles—the Muskegon is a placid and peaceful waterway that doesn’t want to make trouble for anyone. Instead, its mild current delivers paddlers through miles of quiet woodlands bursting with deer, otter, beaver, and assorted waterfowl. This is especially true in the stream’s upper sections, where it runs through large tracts of state forestland.
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