Ottawa County Parks & Recreation

Kirk Park

9791 Lakeshore Drive N
West Olive, MI 49460
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From Lake Michigan Drive, also known as M-45, travel south on Lakeshore Drive to the entrance.

Amenities & Activities

  • Picnic shelter (reservable)
  • Kirk Park Lodge (reservable)
  • Dog Beach
  • Swimming beach (NO LIFEGUARDS)
  • Picnic tables & grills
  • Playground
  • Scenic Lake Michigan views
  • Hiking and ungroomed cross country ski trails
  • Horseshoe pit
  • Modern restrooms (closed in winter)
  • Parking lot
* Barrier free facilities include picnic shelter, restrooms, some picnic tables and grills and a trail to the Lake Michigan overlook deck.


This Map shows amenities, features and trails. Stretching along Lake Michigan's shoreline for over 1/3 mile, this park boasts 68 acres of sandy beach, high bluffs and wooded dunes. Nature trails with wooden stairways wind through the wooded dunes, offering spectacular views of Lake Michigan. A paved path leads to a deck overlooking the beach and Lake Michigan. This is a popular park for swimming, sunbathing, picnicking and cross country skiing.


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


Motor vehicle parking fees are in effect from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

Dog Policy

  • Dog lovers will delight in the off-leash beach at the southernmost area of the park. The area is accessible from the south beach stairs.
  • If dogs are not at the dog beach, they are required to be leashed (10’ max) and under control at all times. This includes walking to and from the beach.
  • Dogs are not permitted in park buildings, restrooms, picnic shelters, playground areas, off-trail, or as posted.
  • Owners must clean up after their pet and dispose of waste in a trash receptacle.
  • Leader dogs for persons with disabilities are permitted in all areas 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.