Ottawa County Parks & Recreation

Hunting on Parks & Recreation Properties

Ottawa County Parks & Recreation offers hunting on over 3,340 acres of selected properties with some restrictions intended to protect hunters and park visitors alike. Before you head out to hunt, please review the rules and permit requirements. Along with the general park property rules, hunters must comply with the following:

  • All hunters must follow the laws of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources
  • Trapping is not allowed.
  • Target practice or paint ball shooting is not allowed.
  • Hunters must maintain a 30-yard distance from property lines.  Property lines are marked with red stakes.
  • Hunting is not allowed within 450 feet of any occupied building.
  • Motorized vehicles are not allowed except in designated parking areas.
  • Cutting of trees or branches to create shooting lanes is not allowed.
  • Gathering of dead materials found on the ground to construct blinds is not allowed.
  • Tree stands and type 1 ground blinds may be used per state laws. All stands or blinds must have identification attached.
  • Using bait to attract deer is not allowed.
  • Fishing is allowed in designated areas following the laws of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
  • More in Sections 11 & 12 of Ordinance No. 03-2
  • Hunting Brochure

Properties with Hunting Available

hunting map North Ottawa Dunes Crockery Creek Natural Area  Jubb Bayou Bur Oak Landing Eastmanville Bayou Grand River Park Bend Area  Ripps Bayou  Johnson Street Forest Robinson Forest Bur Oak Landing Hiawatha Forest Port Sheldon Natural Area Van Buren Street Dunes Upper Macatawa Natural Area Upper Macatawa Natural Area

Special Permits

Properties requiring a special permit for hunting include Crockery Creek Natural Area, Upper Macatawa Natural Area and North Ottawa Dunes. Lottery drawings are held prior to the hunting periods at each of these sites. Hunters may apply for both lotteries, but may submit only one application for each; duplicate entries results in removal from lottery.

Crockery Creek and Upper Macatawa Natural Areas:

These two properties are open to archery deer hunting each fall by special permit only, during specific periods by lottery-chosen hunters. The parks remain open for hiking, fishing, and other recreational uses during the hunting season. Special rules and regulations are in effect for these hunts; please review before you apply.

Hunting Season Dates

  • Season One: Saturday, October 12, 2019 to Thursday, November 14, 2019
  • Season Two: Sunday, December 1, 2019 to Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Application and Lottery Drawing

The lottery for 2019 is now closed. If you would like to receive emails about special permits, please sign up here.

Lakeshore Wildlife Management:

The wildlife management will take place between the dates of November 22-25, 2019 (each participant will be scheduled for two of those dates) at North Ottawa Dunes and Ottawa Sands. The parks will be closed to the general public. Special rules and regulations are in effect for these hunts; please review before you apply.

Application and Lottery Drawing

The lottery for 2019 is now closed. If you would like to receive emails about special permits, please sign up here.

Hunting is Not Allowed at:

Hunter Safety Tips

  • Treat every firearm as if it is loaded.
  • Always point the muzzle in a safe direction.
  • Be certain of your target and what's beyond it.
  • Keep your finger outside the trigger guard and off the trigger until ready to shoot.
  • Control your emotions when hunting.
  • Always let someone know where you are hunting and when you plan on returning.
  • Hunter Safety Courses