MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - Two Michigan Beaches were recently recognized on CNN's travel web-site. Sleeping Bear Dunes and the Grand Haven State Park were listed as "20 can't-miss U.S. beaches". And while both sites are worthy of the national spotlight there are dozens of beaches in West Michigan just as fine. Here are ten that get little attention. If fact residents who live on the lakeshore often refer to them as their own "secret beach".
1.) Stony Lake Beach, Oceana County. Be sure and float down Stony Creek on a tube.
2.) Claybanks Township Park, Oceana County. The park offers overnight camping.
3.) Meinert Park, Muskegon County. Miles of dunes to hike, and very few visitors even on a hot day.
4.) Medbery Park, Muskegon County. This park is hard to find. It's on the north side of the White Lake Channel.
5.) Duck Lake State Park, Muskegon County. This state park is popular with parents who have young children.
6.) Kruse Park, Muskegon. This city park offers Muskegon County's only dog beach.
7.) Lake Harbor Park, Norton Shores. This beach at this city park is just north of the Mona Lake channel.
8.) North Beach, Ferrysburg. The Ottawa County park offers more solitude than the Grand Haven State Park.
9.) Kirk Park, West Olive. It's a popular Ottawa County Park. Even more so this year now that part of the beach is dog friendly.
10.) Olive Shores, Port Sheldon. Remember the movie "Road to Perdition"? Tom Hanks spent time at this unique beach in 2001 and you may love it too.