The Dog Days of Summer have arrived in West Michigan and there’s no better way to spend them than on the waters of White Lake!
As part of northern Muskegon County, which boasts more than 27 miles of Lake Michigan waterfront, 57 inland lakes, and hundreds of miles of rivers, the Montague-Whitehall area offers a way for everyone to enjoy the water. From soaking up the sun on a sugar sand beach to paddling the waterways of the White River, you can choose your own water wonderland experience here.
Relaxing Beach Retreat
Whitehall and Montague have some of the most beautiful Lake Michigan beaches in the state, ideal for soaking up the rays or taking a dip. Depending on the weather, temperatures in the Big Lake average around 70 degrees in August so swimming is usually very comfortable.
Among the most popular area beaches with Lake Michigan frontage are Duck Lake State Park, Medbury Park, and Meinert Park.
4733 N Scenic Dr, Whitehall, MI 49461
Part of a 728-acre day-use preserve that includes both sand dunes and forested land, Duck Lake State Park is also known for its popular beach and channel that connects Duck Lake with Lake Michigan. Although the beach is often busy during peak hours in the summer, it’s large enough to accommodate the crowd.
7299-7285, Lifeguard Rd, Montague, MI
Located on the north side of the White Lake Channel across from the iconic White River Light Station, Medbury Park is a favorite local spot for all day beach play and romantic sunset strolls on the pier. Visitors appreciate the easy access parking and clean bathroom facilities.
8355 Meinert Park Rd, Montague, MI
The beautiful, secluded beach at Meinert Park is just off the beaten path and typically less busy than other area beaches. Perfect for couples that want a relaxing lake experience, the sandy park includes picturesque dunes and a breathtaking location for watching sunsets.
Excitement on the Water
The Montague-Whitehall area is a haven for all outdoor recreation, and watersports are no exception. From White Lake to the Big Lake, there’s a lot of wetlands to discover by paddle or motor.
Paddle the White River Watershed
The northeast end of White Lake and the White River watershed, which just so happen to be across the road from the Weathervane Inn, is a beautiful body of water teaming with native wildlife and lush greenery. The best way to explore this section of the lake is by kayak.
For convenient entry, there is a kayak launch site at Lions Park just across the bridge in Whitehall. If you don’t have your own vessel, WaterDog Outfitters, a local outdoor recreation store, offers a convenient solution. Here you can rent single and double kayaks as well as paddle boards. And, to sweeten the deal, they will even handle the drop off and pick up of your kayak.
Cruise the Open Waters
If you prefer to cruise the lake at a faster pace, there are also several boat rental options in the White Lake area.
From pontoons to wake boats, Whitehall boat rentals offer visitors a fun and memorable experience during their Up North vacation. You can even rent fishing boats complete with fish finders in half-day, full-day, or multi-day periods.