Ottawa County Parks & Recreation

Recreational Activities


Welcome to the birding information webpage for Ottawa County Parks! For the casual backyard bird watcher to the most serious of birders, Ottawa County provides a wonderful setting to enjoy these avian wonders. Our hope is that Ottawa County Parks, in particular, can be a means by which you can enjoy birds all the more. From the resources listed on this page and bird-related programs we offer all year long to the variety of natural spaces we provide, our aim is to help you enjoy the wonderful diversity of birds our county has to offer! Please let us know how we’re doing and how we can improve in providing this service. Thank you!

Birding Resources

The best place to report sightings, keep track of your bird lists and research bird distribution:

The most comprehensive online birding identification (and more) guide:

Interested in an annotated Birds of Ottawa County Checklist? You can purchase one online!

Birding Programs

Ottawa County Parks offers year-round birding programs, walks, and outings. Many are free or have a very small fee. Check out our program calendar for all of our listings (tip: you can narrow down to “birding” or “birding field trip” in the By Category drop down menu).

Local Clubs

Connect with other birders and find birding programs and outings by joining a local club.

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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

  • Pigeon Creek Hotline: (616) 738-9531

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.

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