Ottawa County Parks & Recreation

Fees & Rules

Purchase Annual Permits at the Following Locations:

North Beach Park, 18775 North Shore Drive, Ferrysburg, MI 49409
Oaklea Store, 10398 N Cedar Drive, Grand Haven, MI 49417
Kirk Park, 9791 Lakeshore Drive, West Olive, MI 49460
Hemlock Crossing Park (inside the Nature Education Center), 8115 West Olive Road, West Olive, MI 49460
Tunnel Park, 66 Lakeshore Drive N, Holland, MI 49424

Motor Vehicle Fees & Boat Launch Fees

From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, parking fees are collected at North Beach Park, Kirk Park, Tunnel Park, Olive Shores Park and the Rosy Mound Natural Area. Boat launch fees are collected at Riverside Park. All other County Parks offer free parking. Frequent guests will find it economical to purchase an Annual Motor Vehicle Permit that covers all Ottawa County Park parking fees and boat launch fees. Annual permits may be purchased at the Nature Education Center, the County Parks Office (in person or by phone) and most lakeshore park entrance gates from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend. The Oaklea Store (near Riverside Park) also sells permits from May through August. Please note that a Michigan Recreation Passport is not valid at Ottawa County Parks.

  • Daily Motor Vehicle Fee: $5 for Ottawa County residents or $7 for non-residents.
  • Annual Motor Vehicle Permit: $15 for Ottawa County residents or $25 for non-residents. Residents can purchase one second vehicle permit for only $5.
  • Ottawa County Senior Citizens (age 60+): $7 for Annual Motor Vehicle Permit
  • Rosy Mound Natural Area and Olive Shores Park have self-service fee-stations. Daily fees are $7. Annual Permits cannot be purchased at Rosy Mound or Olive Shores Park.
  • Boat Launch Fee: An annual motor vehicle permit is required at the Riverside Park boat launch Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

Park Rules


No alcohol is allowed in any Ottawa County Park or property. Call the parks office to ask about alcohol permits for special events at the Pine Bend Park Weaver House and Connor Bayou Woodland Cabin.  Alcohol permits are not available for other locations.


Bicycles are allowed on designated bike trails at Pigeon Creek Park, Riley Trails and Grand River Park. Bicycles are not allowed off trails or on trails when covered by snow. Bikes are also welcome on the Musketawa Trail & Upper Macatawa Natural Area. See the Bicycle The Lakeshore brochure.


Pigeon Creek Park, Eastmanville Farm and the Musketawa Trail welcome horses. Horses are allowed on designated trails at Pigeon Creek Park from March 1 through November 30, if weather and trail conditions permit. Because of cross country skiing, horses are not allowed at Pigeon Creek Park during the winter. For trail conditions at Pigeon Creek, call the county parks office.


Most of the Ottawa County Parks welcome dogs. There are seasonal restrictions and rules which vary from park to park. Please see Dog Rules and Tips for more details. Dogs are never allowed at Rosy Mound Natural Area, Olive Shores, Mt. Pisgah and the stairs at North Ottawa Dunes. (Leader dogs are allowed.)


Individual and family camping is not permitted in any Ottawa County Park. A year' round Group Camp Area at Pigeon Creek Park can be reserved in advance by groups from recognized organizations. Fees are on a per night basis. Call the parks office for more information.


Guidelines & Rules for Geocaching

Metal Detecting

The use of a metal detector is allowed ONLY on Lake Michigan beach areas at North Beach Park, the Rosy Mound Natural Area, Kirk Park, Tunnel Park and Historic Ottawa Beach Park. Metal detecting is allowed at these parks only during regular park hours. Metal detecting is not allowed in any beach area that has vegetation. Any holes created during the act of metal detecting must be filled in. Special permission from parks staff must be obtained in advance for metal detecting in other park areas.

Other Park Rules & Regulations

  • There is no smoking allowed on any Ottawa County Parks beaches.
  • Fires are permitted only in grills and designated fire pits. No beach fires.
  • Snowmobiles are allowed on the Musketawa Trail when conditions are satisfactory. ORV's are not to be ridden within any other Ottawa County Parks property.
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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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