Muskegon’s plans for a land swap that will enhance downtown access to Muskegon Lake in Michigan could also close Fisherman’s Landing campground, a report said.
The plan has received a $1.5 million boost from the state’s funding.
The concept, which has been in development for some time, is to create an area for public recreation on the property located at the bottom of Third Street adjacent to commercial port operations at West Michigan Dock and Market.
West Michigan Dock and Market Corp., also known called The Mart Dock, would exchange the 7-acre plot for a city-owned parcel further east of the lake. It includes a campsite and boat launch. It is believed that the Mart Dock would turn that property into a shipping hub, in line with the long-term plans to shift the lake’s commercial activities to its east end.
Muskegon Economic Development Specialist Jake Eckholm explained that the $1.5 million allocations in the budget for 2022 would cover the conversion of land, cleanup, and upgrades.
However, some concepts have been proposed, such as an amphitheater and fishing piers, small retail stores, cruise ship docks, soccer fields, and even camping as a replacement for sites located at Fisherman’s Landing, Eckholm said.
Any reuse of Fisherman’s Landing property will require approval from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources because the public money has been utilized for improvements.
Also, there must be a public recreation facility similar to the size of the campground if it shuts down.
The campground has 105 campsites in more than an 18-acre area. It is under the management of a private company that is contracted to the city.
A group has resisted previous attempts to relocate Fisherman’s Landing, claiming that the camp attracts hundreds of tourists from out of town to Muskegon, particularly during big fishing tournaments.