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Ottawa County Parks & Recreation

Upper Macatawa Natural Area

Upper Macatawa Natural Area, East
1300 - 84th Avenue (approx.)
Zeeland, MI 49464

Upper Macatawa Natural Area, West
2171 - 76th Avenue (approx.)
Zeeland, MI 49464

Upper Macatawa Natural Area is located in Zeeland Township.  The park offers a variety of habitats including forests, grasslands and wetlands which lead to diverse wildlife.  Along the Macatawa River, its wetlands act as a sponge and filter during heavy rains and contribute to water quality improvement.  Guests will find year round enjoyment at Upper Mac.    

Park Map
- This printable map shows facilities, parking areas, features and trails.

Amenities & Activities

  • Parking lots on 76th and 84th Avenues.
  • Hiking and cross-country ski trails
  • 0.5 miles of paved trail beginning at the 84th Ave. access leading to a scenic overlook platform
  • Picnic tables
  • Rustic toilets
  • Mountain bike trails


Hunting is allowed only by special permit at Upper Macatawa Natural Area. See hunting for details on applying for a permit and to view a list of properties welcoming hunters.


There are no entry fees.

Dog Policy

Dogs are permitted at Upper Macatawa Natural Area. For the safety and enjoyment of all park guests, pets must be on ten foot leashes and under control. Owners must clean up after their pet and dispose of waste in a trash receptacle. Please be aware that archery hunters may be present during the fall. Recognizing that most dogs enjoy running and playing freely, many Ottawa County Open Space Lands allow dogs year-round off leash.


The Upper Macatawa Natural Area is located in Zeeland Township. The 84th Avenue access is located on 84th Avenue north of Adams Street. The 76th Avenue access is located on 76th Avenue south of Byron Road.

Parks 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.