Magoon Creek Natural Area

  • Hours: Dawn until Dusk

Natural or Wildlife Viewing Features: Natural Area

Magoon Creek Natural Area is located off of Red Apple Rd. and encompasses 97 acres just south of Manistee. The park, dedicated in 1983, features over 1/2 mile of Lake Michigan shoreline along 80-foot-high bluffs. Park facilities include a picnic area complete with grills and a pavilion, a hand pump for potable water, and rustic restrooms.

Magoon Creek Natural Area is open to the public year-round from dawn until dusk. The road into the park is unplowed and inaccessible during the winter months, however there is parking available throughout the year at the park entrance, which has direct access to the hiking trails. There are no permits or usage fees required to hike at Magoon Creek Natural Area.

The hiking trails at Magoon Creek Natural Area are set up in a large loop that begins and ends at the parking area at the entrance to the park. The trails are also accessible from several other points within the park. The trails at Magoon Creek Natural Area are set up as interpretative trails, with 44 numbered posts marking items of interest.

Dogs are welcome at Magoon Creek Natural Area throughout the park, including the beach area.


Map Legend

  • Trail Head
  • Historical Site
  • Beach
  • Natural Feature
  • Campground
  • Park
  • Cultural Interest
  • Scenic View
  • Educational Interest
  • Visitor Center
  • Emergency Care
  • Water Access
  • Fishing
  • Wildlife or Nature Viewing
  • Trail Friendly Business


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