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Ottawa Sands

Ferrysburg, MI

This property is not currently open to the public. It will open on October 15, 2018 following boundary marking, safety improvements, sign and trail marking installations.

Amenities & Activities

Ottawa Sands Park
  • Natural surface trail around the in-land lake (~2 miles)
  • Marked hiking trails

The Land Conservancy purchased half the property by securing a loan from The Conservation Fund and has leased its portion of the property to Ottawa County Parks for management. Once the funds have been secured to pay back the loan used for purchase, and additional expenses, the property will be transferred to and fully owned by Ottawa County Parks. Both organizations are working to secure the remaining funds needed to protect all of the property. Ottawa County Parks submitted a 2018 grant application to the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund and a decision on that request will be made in December of 2018. Any amount of public support will help! Anyone interested in making a contribution to help save this property for public enjoyment and nature preservation can visit:

Since the addition of this property to the county parks system was unexpected, funds are not available for its immediate development. For now the site will remain undeveloped.

For more information about development, please click here.


Upon opening on October 15, 2018, these are some rules visitors should expect to follow:
  • No swimming
  • Catch and release fishing only
  • No live bait
  • Watercraft of any kind on the lake are prohibited
  • Dogs must be on a 10' leash and in the owner’s control
  • All other Ottawa County Parks rules and regulations are in effect
It is very likely these rules will be revised in the future after the park is developed.


A trail map is coming soon. The 345-acre property sits between green space owned by the cities of Grand Haven and Ferrysburg and North Ottawa Dunes. The site has long been used for sand mining, but has been inactive in recent years. The property includes forested dunes, an 80-acre, and riverfront land with wetlands.


This park is currently closed. It will open to the public on October 15


There are no entry fees.