Just off the Lake Michigan shoreline, between the Grand River and the southern boundary of P.J. Hoffmaster State Park, this tract is one of the largest wooded dune assemblages remaining in the central West Michigan area. The property is uniquely situated between state, county and city parks and is adjacent to township-owned undeveloped land. This acquisition links P.J. Hoffmaster State Park, Ottawa County’s North Beach Park, Ferrysburg’s Coast Guard Park and undeveloped land owned by Spring Lake Township.

The property features tremendous topography with an elevation change of 185 feet in the parabolic dune formations. Eight distinct dunes in the rugged landscape exceed 750 feet in height. The property varies in width from 900 feet to 4,200 feet and has a north to south reach of approximately 10,200 feet (1.93 miles.)

Today, this park offers 513 acres of wooded dunes located just off the Lake Michigan shoreline. Ten miles of hiking link North Ottawa Dunes to North Beach Park and P.J. Hoffmaster State Park. Some trails are designated for cross country skiing.

Facilities –
Access, trailhead and parking at Coast Guard Park
Picnic tables
Modern restrooms during warm months
Hiking and ungroomed cross country ski trails

Hours
North Ottawa Dunes is open year-round at the following times:
April 1 through October 31 – 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
November 1 through March 31 – 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Dog Policy
Dogs are permitted at North Ottawa Dunes with the exception of the dune stairs. From May 1 through September 30, we ask that you take your pet only on designated trails. 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. Dogs are not permitted in buildings, restrooms, or as posted. Leader dogs for persons with disabilities are permitted in all areas.

Trail Map

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  • Payments Accepted

  • Hours

    North Ottawa Dunes is open year-round at the following times: April 1 through October 31 - 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. November 1 through March 31 - 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Cost(s)

    No fees
  • Amenities

    Picnic Tables Modern Restrooms During Warmer Months Hiking Trails Ungroomed Cross Country Ski Trails
  • Travel time from downtown Grand Haven

    8 minutes
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