Port of Muskegon at Heritage Landing brings tourists to town

Did you know there is a luxury cruise ship that sails our very own Great Lakes during the summer months?

On its voyage, the Pearl Mist, a 325–foot–long ship, travels back and forth between Chicago, Illinois and Toronto, Ontario—frequently stopping along the shores of Michigan and Canada for day visits. Recently, the Pearl Mist made its first stop at Muskegon Lake’s new dock, designed by Prein&Newhof, and we were there to witness it!


The Pearl Mist made its first stop
at Heritage Landing on June 9.


In March 2016, Muskegon County partnered with Prein&Newhof to address flooding and erosion problems at Heritage Landing on Muskegon Lake. At the same time P&N’s preliminary engineering study confirmed that the primary timber retaining wall was structurally unsound and damaging the park’s foundation. During the construction of the new retaining wall, Muskegon County chose to add a large dock to accommodate the Pearl Mist, which had re–routed to Muskegon once the previous year. This made it possible for Muskegon to be a regular destination on the cruise ship’s itinerary.

P&N designed a higher steel sheet pile wall and the cruise ship dock for the man–made peninsula. The goal was to have the project completed before the first cruise ship landed in early June. P&N got the permits quickly by designing the dock to decrease environmental disruption. The design kept everything simple and constructible, and the project finished six days early.

The Pearl Mist will make a total of nine stops this summer at Heritage Landing. Many locals hope this will ignite Muskegon tourism, boosting the local economy and encouraging Michigan pride.


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