A Day at Newaygo State Park

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Newaygo State Park

This is the first official post in my Pure Michigan series. There is nothing I love doing more than traveling and exploring this beautiful state that I am blessed to live in. There is so much to see and do and I can’t wait to share it all with you.recreation_passport_logo_w_tag

My favorite places are the state parks. They have preserved some of the best land available just so we can enjoy it. Of course, I always get the recreation passport since it is such a great deal. Only $11 per year to get into all of the parks? Yes, please. Note: this is an affiliated but unsponsored post. All opinions are my own.

Recently I had a couple hours free and was in the area of Newaygo State Park (about an hour north of Grand Rapids). The weather was threatening and didn’t leave us much time, but I couldn’t resist stopping by the park. I have camped here several times and it was always enjoyable.

However, this trip was for a very different purpose. My husband is a geocacher and has gotten me into it. There are 27 geocaches in this park including an extremely interesting one that I had heard of and always wanted to see. Of course, we had our handy Garmin handheld GPS loaded to make the finds easier. I also use the free c:geo app, but it is not as trusty when reception is poor.


For those who have not tried it, geocaching involves using GPS coordinates to find things (usually plastic containers and ammo cans) hidden in various places all over the world. It is kind of like a scavenger hunt and is a great, frugal way to get out and explore. For more information, check out geocaching.com.

This cache is particularly interesting because, instead of simple Tupperware, it is a giant mousetrap. Of course, I had to see it and it is even pretty easy to get to.


Signing the log on this one is a bit intimidating, but tons of fun.


The River

I couldn’t stop by the park without checking out the river. This park is on the Muskegon River. It is beautiful and the fishing is great. It is also a great location for kayaking and canoeing, and there is even a small swimming area.


Other Features

This park also boasts:

  • 99 rustic, wooded campsites
  • 18-basket Disc Golf Course
  • Several picnic sites
  • Playground
  • Camp store
  • Views overlooking the Muskegon River

For more information about the park, click here. With all of this going on, how could you miss it? What is your favorite park?

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4 thoughts on “A Day at Newaygo State Park

  1. Laura says:

    I think this is where I was bit by a dog the last time I went camping now 17 years ago

    1. Life in the Between says:

      Oh no! Sounds like you need a good camping trip to make up for it.

  2. Mary Cooper says:

    I was with Joel (and others) the first time he found the mousetrap 🙂 Good memories!

    1. Life in the Between says:

      I saw the pictures. It looked like so much fun I had to try it for myself.

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