Duck Lake State Park is a 728-acre day-use park, located in Muskegon County. Featuring a towering sand dune, the park stretches from the northern shore of Duck Lake to Lake Michigan. The terrain is a mixture of open brush land to mature hardwood forest, with some pockets of open meadows mixed in. The land was purchased by the Nature Conservancy from two Boy Scout organizations, and acquired by the state in 1974. Remains of the old scout camps were removed and access roads were constructed. The park was officially dedicated in the spring of 1988.
The park is open for small game, deer and waterfowl hunting during the regular season. There is no summer hunting allowed. Turkey hunting will be allowed with a permit during the appropriate season. This park offers excellent deer and rabbit hunting, while woodcock, pheasant, duck, goose and squirrel are considered very good.
Bass, crappie and panfish are plentiful in Duck Lake. Fly fishing for bluegill is excellent in early summer. The launch site provides access to Duck Lake. A small channel empties into Lake Michigan, but a dam under the Whitehall Scenic Bridge blocks boating access to Lake Michigan.
A sandy beach on Duck Lake is available and a boardwalk around the end of Duck Lake provides access to Lake Michigan for swimming. A Beach House provides clothes-changing area for swimmers.
A wooded area shades the picnic grounds. Picnic Shelter is available on a first-come, first-served basis or by reservation at the park. Call 231-744-3480 to reserve the shelter.
A paved path provides a pleasant stroll through the woods and along the Duck Lake shoreline. Apprx .5 miles.
Allowed with 4" of snow or more on the ground. The park is closed to motor vehicle traffic in the winter, but accessible by skis and snowmobiles.
Besides winter camping, for the adventuresome, the park offers a place to go cross-country skiing and snowmobiling (4" of snow required). A winter store/camp program is also available during off-season months.
Metal detecting is recognized as a legitimate recreation activity when it is conducted in ways that do not damage the natural and cultural resources in Michigan State Parks nor violate applicable state statues. If you wish to use a metal detector in this state park, here is a map that shows clearly where this activity may take place. Any items found must be reviewed by park staff and may be retained for further investigation. [map here]
Take US-31 north of Muskegon to the Whitelake Drive exit, and go west on Whitelake Drive for a half mile. Go south on Whitehall Road two miles to Michilinda Road, and go west on Michilinda six miles.