Discover more about some of Muskegon's most picturesque neighborhoods that offer plenty of excitement and things to do throughout the year!
The economic and recreational hub of west-central Michigan, Muskegon boasts advantages including award-winning schools, great parks and lots of recreation along the Lake Michigan coastline. Specialty retailers and a big selection of great independent restaurants lure visitors from throughout the region and beyond. The community also is known for hosting awesome annual festivals and other events.
Set along Lake Michigan, Norton Shores is known for its outdoor recreation and beautiful scenery, with natural attractions such as Black Lake, Mona Lake and Hoffmaster State Park. Students have convenient access to nearby higher education opportunities such as Grand Valley State University, Baker College and Muskegon Community College, and Norton Shores has led Muskegon County in residential construction permits for the past five years.
Surrounded by three lakes — Bear Lake to the north, Muskegon Lake to the south and Lake Michigan to the west — North Muskegon naturally sets a scene where there’s almost always people enjoying the water and the scenery. The community is also known for its high-ranking public schools.
Several national and internationally recognized businesses enjoy success in Muskegon Heights, where the motto is “City of Friendly People.” Muskegon Heights is a 10-minute drive from the shores of Lake Michigan, and one of the community’s landmarks is the James Jackson Museum of African American History.
Only one square mile in size, Roosevelt Park borders Muskegon and Norton Shores and is known for its pristine residential properties. Nine parks are within the city’s boundaries, with every neighborhood graced with undeveloped green space. The city hosts a Roosevelt Park Day festival each summer with food, music, a parade and carnival.
Located in both Muskegon and Kent counties is Casnovia, a village of about 320 residents known for its cherries, peaches and apples. Casnovia is Latin for “new home,” and outdoor enthusiasts flock during the warm- weather months to enjoy boating, swimming and fishing opportunities on Half Moon Lake, which is easily reachable off M-37.
Established in 1967, Lakewood Club has about 1,300 residents and features a population whose median age is only 32 years old. The community has a nice downtown area with independent stores and restaurants, and the big draw to the village is Fox Lake, which features a public park on its shores.
A popular destination is Ravenna, a village with quality of life amenities such as Conklin Park, Thatcher Park, Crockery Creek RV Park, Ravenna Creeks Golf Course and Moss Ridge Golf Club. Besides tourism, the community has a number of stores and restaurants along with a light industry sector, and the Ravenna Public Schools often earn awards for their academic excellence.
With three Frank Lloyd Wright cottages and a house still standing, Whitehall is a pretty city with assets such as The Playhouse at White Lake, Nuveen Community Center for the Arts, Duck Lake State Park and White Lake Golf Club. The White River courses through the city, and thousands of tourists each year take photos at White River Lighthouse.
Home to the “World’s Largest Working Weathervane,” Montague is a diverse city with scenery highlights ranging from rolling hills and marshes to lakes and forests. Outdoor attractions include two golf courses, marinas, canoe liveries and a yacht club, and the Hart-Montague Trail offers 24 miles of paved track. Montague Area Public Schools is one of the top-rated districts in Michigan.
Within Fruitport Charter Township is the Village of Fruitport, whose high school athletic programs are often in the hunt for state titles. Originally named Crawville, Fruitport is situated in the middle of a fertile fruit growing area, and the city’s Sheringer Soccer Fields hosts a number of regional and statewide tournaments.