The MLWP is working to restore and "de-list" Muskegon Lake as an AOC. De-listing does not mean the end of environmental protection. Muskegon Lake is now 73% its original size, due to historic filling of shallow water and wetlands. The south shoreline has been hardened with broken concrete, wood, metal and other material.
For more information, view and download the following PDF document: A Guide to the Restoration of Muskegon Lake Fish and Wildlife Habitat
Lakeshore Trail and Fish and Wildlife Habitat
West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission (WMSRDC) is partnering with the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly, US Fish and Wildlife Service Coastal Program, Muskegon Lake Watershed Partnership, Delta Duckhunters and Michigan Duckhunters to improve stretches of Muskegon Lake shoreline at the mouth of Ruddiman Creek and along Lakeshore Trail near the former Amoco Tank Farm area. The habitat restoration project will remove shoreline rubble and debris, re-plant native Michigan plants and control invasive species. Habitat for fish, ducks, turtles, frogs and other wildlife will improve. The appearance of the shoreline edge and views of the lake along Lakeshore Trail will also improve. Invasive Honeysuckle shrubs and Phragmites reeds currently block views of the lake and are degrading habitat for native fish and wildlife. For more information and to volunteer to help, please call Kathy Evans at (231) 722-7878, Ext. 17.
Consumers Energy Partnership Project
The Regional Commission, Consumers Energy, and the Muskegon Lake Watershed Partnership (MLWP) are working together on fish and wildlife habitat improvement projects in the Muskegon Lake Area of Concern (AOC). The MLWP, a multi-stakeholder, volunteer group, produced A Guide to the Restoration of Muskegon Lake Fish and Wildlife Habitat. The guide identifies habitat improvement goals for the lakeshore and river mouth.
RELATED PDF DOCUMENTS:
The Shoreline of Muskegon Lake