Pioneer Park

About Pioneer Park

Our most popular park, Pioneer Park is nestled along forested sand dunes and offers camping, swimming, sunbathing, picnicking, tennis, softball, basketball and volleyball, a rental cabin and lodge. Located on Lake Michigan, the park boasts over 2,000 feet of beach frontage. Just down the road from the Adventure Sports Complex, and not too far from Michigan Adventures, downtown Muskegon and other area parks, makes Pioneer Park the ideal basecamp for all of your outdoor Muskegon adventures.

Directions to Pioneer Park

Pioneer Park is located on Lake Michigan on Scenic Drive, north of Muskegon. Take US 31 to the Fremont/Big Rapids (M120) Exit, go south west on M120 to Giles Road, turn right (west) on Giles and follow approximately 6 miles to the end of the road. Turn right (north) on Scenic Drive, the park entrance is one quarter of a mile on the left.

Pioneer Park Hours of Operation

Day Use
Open daily throughout the year.

Hours vary:
8:00 a.m. to 10 p.m. May – September
Sunrise to Sunset October – April

Fees at Pioneer Park

Motor Vehicle Entry Permit:
Daily: $5.00
Annual: $20.00

Per night: $38.00

Cottage Rental:

Daily: $150 (2 day minimum)

Weekly: $1,000

Picnic Lodge:

$125 per day

Activities at Pioneer Park


  • 235 modern campsites with open and shaded sites
  • All campsites offer water and electric hookups.
  • Opens on the first Friday in May and closes on the last Sunday in September.

Play Areas:

  • Tennis/Pickleball
  • Softball
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Playground

Other Services & Facilities

  • Overlook Decks
  • Stair Access to 2,000 Feet of Sandy Lake Michigan Beach Frontage
  • Modern ADA Restrooms and Showers
  • Cabin and Lodge rental
  • A Sanitary Dumping Station
  • Ice and wood sales in the campground office.
  • Tourist Information
  • Ranger Service and Security

Pioneer Park Rental Cottage

  • 3 bedrooms.
  • Living room and dining room.
  • Full kitchen with ranger and fridge.
  • Basic cooking utensils
  • Full Bath
  • Outside fireplace
  • Air conditioning

Sleeps up to 6 people.

***You will need to bring your own personal cleaning items, bedding, towels and other personal items as they are not provided.***

Rental Information:

The cottage may be rented during the summer season by the week (7 day maximum) Labor Day through Memorial Day.

The cottage may be rented by the day with a 2 day minimum before Labor Day or after Memorial day. 

Check out time is at 11:00 am Sunday and check in time is after 5:00pm Sunday.


Rental Rates:

Memorial Weekend to Labor Day: $1,000 per week.

Before Memorial Day weekend and after Labor Day: $150 per day.


Please note that every vehicle entering Pioneer Park must have a park pass.

Park passes are $5.00 per day or $20.00 for the season.

No Drugs or Alcohol is allowed in any Muskegon County Park.

Pioneer Park Picnic Lodge

The Pioneer Park Picnic Lodge is a ideal setting for family reunions, weddings, graduation parties and other large group gatherings. The Lodge was built with timber harvested from the park by the Works Progress Administration around 1936. The Lodge showcases fine examples of the wood and stone craftsmanship from that era, hand carved picnic tables can seat up to approximately 150 guests. The Lodge has a small indoor kitchen with stove/oven for cooking, two refrigerators, prep counter and electrical outlets. There is no sink, but a water spigot is located on the back of the building. A restroom building is located next to the Lodge, but is not ADA accessible. Lake Michigan Beach is within walking distance of the lodge.

Please note that every vehicle entering Pioneer Park must have a park pass.

Park passes are $5.00 per day or $20.00 for the season.

No Alcohol is allowed in any Muskegon County Park.

Rental Hours & Rates:
8:00 a.m. to 10 p.m.
$125 per day

Lodge/Shelter/Rental Cabins

Cancellations can be made on the reservation website. Cancellations made up to close of business 7 days prior to your scheduled arrival date will incur the $10 cancellation fee. If you cancel 6 days or less prior to the arrival date, you will forfeit the first night’s fee or $75, whichever is the lesser amount. There is a $10 fee assessed for all changes made to your reservation, except for adding nights to the reservation.

Muskegon County Parks accepts cash and checks on-site. Credit cards can be used for online campsite reservations and on-site at Pioneer Park, Meinert Park, Twin Lake Park, and Blue Lake Park. We accept Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. NO REFUNDS FOR CAMPING OR VEHICLE PERMIT FEES. Download full credit card policy.