Ottawa County Parks & Recreation

Historic Ottawa Beach Parks

2278 Black Lake Avenue
Holland, MI 49424
2358 Ottawa Beach Road
Holland, MI 49424

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From US-31 take Lakewood to Ottawa Beach Road. Black Lake Boardwalk East is on the south side just east of the Coast Guard Station. Black Lake Boardwalk West is just before the entrance to Holland State Park.

Amenities & Activities

Black Lake Boardwalk-East
  • Parking Lot (two hour limit)
  • Picnic tables
  • Fishing and overlook decks
  • Canoe/kayak access
  • Access to Mt. Pisgah
Black Lake Boardwalk-West
  • Parking Lot (two hour limit)
  • Overlook decks and displays
Mt. Pisgah
  • Stairways and trails
  • Overlooks and displays


This map shows amenities, parking areas, features and trails. Historic Ottawa Beach Parks include the Black Lake Boardwalks, Mt. Pisgah and the Lake Michigan Beach adjacent to Holland State Park. This site, established by the West Michigan Park Association in 1886, is made up of 58 acres that border a number of historic cottages and was once home to the Ottawa Beach Hotel. Learn more about its fascinating history. It includes 750 feet of Lake Michigan frontage, 2400 feet of Lake Macatawa shoreline and beautiful wooded dunes which are dispersed between the cottages and Holland State Park. Visitors are encouraged to make the climb up to Mt. Pisgah and enjoy the panoramic views of Lake Michigan and the surrounding areas.


March 1 through October 15: 7am to 10pm
October 16 through February 28: 7am to 8pm


There are no entry fees. Note that there is a two hour limit in parking lot. Should you choose to enter Holland State Park, their rules and entry fees apply.

Dog Policy

Due to the narrow paths, stairways, boardwalks and trails, dogs are not allowed at Mt. Pisgah. Dogs are permitted at Black Lake Boardwalk East from October 1 through April 30 and at Black Lake Boardwalk West year-round. For the safety and enjoyment of all park guests, pets must be on ten foot leashes and under control. Owners must clean up after their pet and dispose of waste in a trash receptacle. Leader dogs for persons with disabilities are permitted at any time. Recognizing that most dogs enjoy running and playing freely, many Ottawa County Open Space Lands allow dogs year-round off leash.

Additional Park Rules


Parks Visitor Center

  • The Nature
    Education Center
    at Hemlock Crossing
    8115 West Olive Road
    West Olive, MI 49460
  • Tuesday - Saturday:
    9:00am - 5:00pm
    12:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Phone: (616) 786-4847

Administration Office

  • Room 267
    12220 Fillmore St.
    West Olive, MI 49460
  • Monday - Friday:
    8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Phone: (616) 738-4810
    Fax: (616) 738-4812
  • In Ottawa County:
    (888) 731-1001 ext.4810

General Park Hours*

March 1 - October 15
7:00am - 10:00pm
October 16 - February 28
7:00am - 8:00pm
*Some parks close in winter or have hours that vary. Select each park for specific park hours.