Muskegon Lake and Harbor on Lake Michigan
Muskegon County is a county in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the population was 170,200, with the 2009 census estimate putting the county at a population of 173,951. The county seat is Muskegon. The county is the sole county in the Muskegon-Norton Shores Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is part of the larger Grand Rapids-Muskegon-Holland Combined Statistical Area.
Around 1812, Jean Baptiste Recollect and Pierre Constant set up trading posts in the area. By the Treaty of Washington (1836), Native Americans ceded parts of Michigan, including future Muskegon County, opening the area to greater settlement.
Muskegon County was organized in 1859. Its name is from the Muskegon River, which runs through it and empties intoMuskegon Lake and subsequently flows into Lake Michigan. The word "Muskegon" comes from the Ojibwa/Chippewa word "mashkig" meaning "marsh" or "swamp".
The county has a total area of 1,459.30 square miles, of which 509.12 square miles (or 34.89%) is land and 950.18 square miles (or 65.11%) is water.