A popular access to Lake Michigan is set to shut down starting November 1st.

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In a press release from the DNR, they announced that the Muskegon State Park's Scenic Drive will be closed from Nov. 1 through April 1.

The closure is timed to accommodate a water main project in Muskegon State Park, Scenic Drive south of the Memorial Drive intersection will be closed from November through March.

The work is part of Muskegon County's $13.5 million Channel Crossing Project that will provide a second water source to customers in the northern part of Muskegon County in the case of a major break in the current water source.

Ultimately, the project will transport water from the Muskegon water filtration plant and allow the state park to hook into the municipal water system, too.

The roadway will be closed for crews to safely assemble the water main prior to installation under the Muskegon Channel and state park. Construction is anticipated to take place Nov. 1, 2021, through April 1, 2022.

The timing for this project was timed to affect the least number of visitors. The majority of activities can still be accessed from different portions of the park. -Greg Sherburn, Muskegon State Park supervisor for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Alternate access points include:

  • Access to Lake Michigan in the northern section of the park is available by parking in the Lake Michigan Campground. Visitors can take the stairs to the beach.
  • Access to the U.S. Corps of Engineers channel walkway and Lake Michigan shoreline near the beach house in the southern section of the park is available via a 1-mile walk.
  • Visitors can park along Memorial Drive just north of Scenic Drive and walk to the beach.
  • Visitors also can park at Snug Harbor and use the hiking trails to access the shoreline and channel walkway.

For the latest updates on this and other DNR trail and facility closures, visit Michigan.gov/DNRClosures.

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