With cooperation from mother nature and Ottawa County’s beloved “lake effect” snow, many
activities are offered for the winter sports enthusiast. Pigeon Creek Park
offers groomed country ski trails,
ski and snowshoe rentals, ski lessons, sledding and more. Hemlock Crossing
is another popular destination
during winter offering snowshoe rentals at the Nature
. Many other parks
offer miles of un-groomed
cross country skiing trails for those wishing to sharpen their nordic technique in the undisturbed wild or enjoy a
quiet, winter afternoon of snowshoeing.
Kayaking & Canoeing
With the Grand River, Pigeon River and Macatawa River, Ottawa County offers many locations for those looking to
paddle. Several Ottawa County Parks
offer kayak and
canoe access. In addition, the Grand River
Heritage Water Trail
offers maps, tips and more. Throughout the spring, summer and fall, Kayak tours are
organized and rentals available. This is a great opportunity to try kayaking before making a large investment!
Please note kayaks are only available to rent during scheduled tours. Check out our event calendar
to register for a kayak
Fishing is available at many properties
. Fisherman must
follow the state laws. Boat launches are available at Deer Creek Park, Grand River Park and Riverside Park. An
annual motor vehicle permit
required at the Riverside Park boat launch Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
The Ottawa Beach Marina at Historic Ottawa Beach on Lake
Macatawa is open from April 15-October 31 each year. It is the closest marina to the mouth of Lake Michigan and
features 26 transient slips, 15 seasonal slips, and 5 moorings. To book a transient slip, please click here.
For information regarding seasonal slips and kayak storage, please call: (616) 298-1482
Boat launches are available at Deer Creek Park, Grand River Park, and Riverside Park. An annual motor vehicle permit is required at the
Riverside Park boat launch Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
Bike-friendly paved paths are offered along the Musketawa Trail, as well as on the paved Idema Explorers Trail
at Grand Ravines and Connor Bayou.
Additional bike paths and trails are available along the lakeshore and winding through local communities.
There are a number of exciting regional trail systems under construction in Ottawa County. Learn more about them
using the links below:
Mountain bike trails are offered at Grand
River Park, Pigeon Creek Park, Riley Trails, Upper Macatawa Natural
Area, and Riverside Park.
Mountain bikers should be aware that Upper Macatawa Natural Area allows archery hunting by special permit and
that the technical trails close during very wet conditions; to get the most up-to- date information about the
Upper Mac trails, visit their Facebook page
Please note that bicycles are not allowed at Pigeon Creek once winter operations have begun. Confirm winter
operation on our trail conditions page. Those interested in fat tire winter biking should visit Riley Trails
Grand River Park.
Whether you prefer hiking along the lakeshore, though forests, or along rivers and streams Ottawa County has miles
of hiking trails too offer. Nearly every park location offers hiking, download trail maps
for each park from this page. If a guided tour
interests you, check out our programs
presenting nature and wildlife themed hikes tailored to the season.
Equestrian trails are available at Pigeon Creek Park (3 miles), Eastmanville Farm (4.5 miles) and the Musketawa Trail
(10 miles). Horses are welcome on
designated trails at Pigeon Creek Park from March 1 through November 30, if trail conditions permit. Because of
cross country skiing at Pigeon Creek Park and snowmobiling on the Musketawa Trail, these trails are unavailable
for horseback riding during the winter. The trails at Eastmanville Farm are clay-based and become slippery during
heavy rainfall throughout the year. Trails at the farm will close under these conditions. For trail conditions at
Pigeon Creek or Eastmanville Farm, call the weather hotline: (616) 738-9531.
Historic River Road Tour
The original River Road is the oldest byway in Ottawa County and one of the oldest in the state. Travel the Historic River Road Tour
and transport across
time and space. Following the contours of today's Grand River Greenway, Historic River Road defines the
progression of our regional civilization. Long ago, mastodon and other prehistoric beasts tramped paths along the
banks of the Grand River. Later Potawatomie and Ottawa Indians established camps and villages to form the Grand
River Trail. Lumbermen turned that trail into tramways that delivered logs to the river. Using the tour guide
, you can enjoy an afternoon traveling
and learning more about the local history. Printed copies of the tour guide are available at the Nature Center for
Already completed the Historic River Road Tour? Download an additional insert with three half day activities.
Having a Safe Visit
Ottawa County Parks are generally safe. These common-sense precautions
will help make
your visit a pleasant one.
Please see the amenities & features at all
the parks for more activities, including swimming, volleyball, picnicking, and others!