Ottawa County Parks

Rosy Mound Natural Area

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13925 Lakeshore Drive
Grand Haven, MI 49417


From US-31, turn west on Rosy Mound Drive, then south on Lakeshore Avenue to the park entrance.

Amenities & Activities

  • Swimming beach (NO LIFEGUARDS) (The walk to the beach is strenuous)
  • Stairways & decks with scenic views of Lake Michigan
  • Hiking trails & boardwalks
  • Interpretive signs
  • Picnic tables & grills
  • Unique shade canopy near beach
  • Modern restrooms near parking area & rustic restrooms near beach
  • Paved parking area
*Barrier free facilities include parking lot restrooms, picnic tables and grills. Some trails are wheelchair accessible and all stairs are designed to be ADA accessible.


This map shows amenities, parking areas, features and trails.  Rosy Mound is a classic Great Lakes dune system including high wooded dunes, foredunes, beach and a dune blowout. A 0.7 mile hiking trail from the parking area to the Lake Michigan shoreline includes 1,000 feet of stairs up and down the dunes and scenic views. A unique shade canopy, dune boardwalk trail and rustic toilets are located near the beach.


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. Please note that a Michigan “Recreation Passport” is not valid at County Parks.  Rosy Mound Natural Area has a self-service fee station selling $7 daily permits regardless of residency.  Annual permits are not available at the self-service fee station, but can be purchased at Kirk Park which is 5 miles south on Lakeshore Drive.  Annual permits are $15 for County residents and $25 for non-residents.  Those failing to display a daily or annual motor vehicle parking permit risk being ticketed.  More about motor vehicle parking fees and permits.

Dog Policy

Due to the narrow paths, stairways, boardwalks and trails, dogs are not allowed at Rosy Mound Natural Area. Dog policies vary from park to park, so please check each park's webpage carefully for rules. Leader dogs for persons with disabilities are permitted. Ottawa County Open Space Lands allow dogs off leash to run and play freely, so be sure to read about these sites as well.

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.