Muskegon

Weather Forecast for the Muskegon River:

Partly Cloudy
Wednesday 09/20/2017 20%
Partly Cloudy
Cloudy skies this morning will become partly cloudy this afternoon. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 86F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph.
Partly Cloudy
Thursday 09/21/2017 20%
Partly Cloudy
Partly to mostly cloudy. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 84F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Friday 09/22/2017 40%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Scattered thunderstorms in the morning, then becoming sunny late. High 86F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Clear
Saturday 09/23/2017 10%
Clear
Mainly sunny. High around 85F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.
Clear
Sunday 09/24/2017 10%
Clear
Mainly sunny. High 84F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.
Clear
Monday 09/25/2017 10%
Clear
A mainly sunny sky. High 84F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

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About the Muskegon River:

The Muskegon River is a river in the western portion of the lower peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. The river has its headwaters in Houghton Lake in Roscommon County, flowing out of the North Bay into neighboring Missaukee County. From there it flows mostly southwest to Muskegon, Michigan, where it empties into Muskegon Lake. Muskegon Lake is connected to Lake Michigan via a mile-long channel. The river has several major branches, such as the Hersey River, Cedar Creek and Little Muskegon River. The main stream is 216 miles (348 km) long and drains an area of 3,250 square miles (8,400 km2).

Like many of its neighboring streams, the Muskegon was one of the favored logging rivers during the boom years of the 1880s-1890s, and a keen eye can still pick out remnants of stray logs left over from the spring logging runs which embedded on the river bottom.

There is abundant wildlife, including otters, waterfowl, deer and eagles and, although development has been creeping in, the upper reaches are still fairly remote and natural with much of the surrounding land composed of state-owned tracts.

In recent years, the river has gained a certain measure of fame as a recreational fishery, boasting large migratory steelhead, brown trout and planted Pacific salmon.

The three major dams of the Muskegon River (Rogers, Hardy and Croton) generate about 45,600 kilowatts, with about 30,000 of that from Hardy Dam. That is enough electricity to serve a community of nearly 23,000.

Lodging Options for the Muskegon River:

Cronks Oakridge Motel, 231-652-1288 — This is a nice motel with a restaurant onsite.

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