Ottawa County Parks & Recreation

Pigeon Creek Park

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12524 Stanton Street
West Olive, MI 49460


From US-31, take Stanton Street and travel three miles east to the park entrance. From 120th Avenue, travel west on Stanton about a half mile.

NOTICE: Generally, once winter operations begin, no hiking, biking, or dogs are allowed in the park. Because of the unusual weather, we are re-opening the park to hikers and dog walkers. Trails will remain closed to bikes and horses until the end of the season (late March). If we received more snow, trails will close again for hikers/dogs. Check the hotline for updates. Thank you!

Updates on snow conditions & lodge hours: (616) 738-9531

Winter Amenities

  • Cross country ski trails, lighted and groomed for both traditional and skate skiing
  • Ski Lessons
  • Sledding hill, lighted (no snowboards)
  • Snow shoe trails
  • Concession stand serving snacks and beverages at the Pigeon Creek Lodge (reservable April – October)
  • Ski and snow shoe rental

Summer Amenities

  • Group Camp Area (reservable for groups from recognized organizations)
  • Hiking, biking and equestrian trails
  • Picnic tables and grills

Open All Seasons

  • Modern and rustic toilets
  • Parking lot

*Barrier free facilities include the lodge, restrooms, pit toilets, picnic tables and grills. About a mile of trail is generally within barrier free standards. The Group Camp Area is fully accessible with barrier free camp sites.


This map shows winter amenities, parking areas, features and trails. (A summer map is also available.) Pigeon Creek Park is 282 acres with another 130 adjacent acres of County Open Space land. Over ten miles of ski trails and snowshoe trails wind through old pine plantations, mature deciduous forests and through bottomland forests along the Pigeon River. The park is a popular cross country ski destination with groomed trails for both classic and ski skating. Ski trails are groomed, tracked and reset as needed throughout the day. A sledding hill is also provided. Three miles of ski trails and the sledding hill have are illuminated for evening use. The Pigeon Creek Lodge provides ski rental, a food and beverage concession and serves as a warming house. Hiking, dogs, biking, snowshoeing and horseback riding are not allowed at Pigeon Creek once winter operations have begun.

Ski Lessons

Cross-country and skate ski lessons are available. Preregistration is required and space is limited. For exact dates, visit our program and events calendar.

The fee is $8 for the 1 ½ hour lesson. Skis are not provided, but can be rented at the lodge (see Fee section below). Rental is first-come, first-served and not guaranteed. More details will be e-mailed prior to class.

We offer three levels of classes:

  • Beginner: Learn about equipment and basic techniques. For adults & children 10+; every two children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Intermediate: For experienced adult skiers wishing to refine their technique and ski more efficiently.
  • Skate Ski: For experienced adult skiers who want to learn the basics of several skate techniques. Skate skis are required and a limited number are available to rent in the lodge.

Park Hours

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

Open until 10pm with hills and trails illuminated during satisfactory snow conditions.
Call the hotline at (616) 738-9531 to confirm snow conditions and Lodge hours.

Lodge Hours

Lodge is open only during satisfactory snow conditions. Call (616) 738-9531 for updates.
The lodge offers ski and snowshoe rentals, concessions and warm hospitality.

Monday-Thursday: 4pm to 8pm
Friday: 1pm to 10pm
Saturday: 9am to 10pm
Sunday: 9am to 8pm

Group Outings

Guided corporate, company, and group events are available at Pigeon Creek. If you will be visiting with a large group, please let us know (even if you are not in need of a guide): (616) 738-4810.


There are no entry or trail fees.

Ski rental (two hours): $8 adults; $5 youth (12 and under); $2 per additional hour
Snow shoe rental (two hours): $6; $3 per additional hour

Skis and snowshoes may be rented whenever snow conditions are satisfactory. A picture ID or credit card required as security for all rentals. Rentals are cut off two hours before the lodge closes to ensure all equipment can be returned and checked in before closing.

Dog Policy

  • Dogs are permitted at Pigeon Creek Park during the spring, summer, and fall. Once the trails are groomed for cross country skiing, dogs are not permitted anywhere in the park. Call the administration office with questions.
  • Dogs are required to be leashed (10’ max) and under control at all times.
  • 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, Ottawa County Open Space Lands allow dogs year - round off leash.

Additional Park Rules

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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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