This mostly wooded 20-acre site includes a mature beech-maple-hemlock forest, a steep dune formation, and 738’ of Lake Michigan frontage. Improvements completed in 2012 include a paved parking area, modern restrooms, a barrier-free trail loop, and an extensive series of stairs and boardwalks traversing the dune and providing access to the sandy beach. Decks provide seating and views of Lake Michigan and host a display highlighting the property as the site of a scene from the Tom Hanks movie, “Road to Perdition.”

Amenities & Activities ~

-Swimming beach (NO LIFEGUARDS)
-Hiking trails & boardwalks
-Stairways & decks with scenic views of Lake Michigan
-Picnic tables
-Modern restrooms
-Paved parking area

*Barrier free facilities include parking lot, restrooms, and picnic tables. Some trails are wheelchair accessible and all stairs are designed to be ADA accessible.

Park Hours
Open April 1 until the first snowfall: 7am to 10pm

Fees
Motor vehicle parking fees are in effect from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Please note that a Michigan “Recreation Passport” is not valid at County Parks. Olive Shores has a self-service fee station selling $7 daily permits regardless of residency. Annual permits are not available at the self-service fee station, but can be purchased at Kirk Park which is 1½ miles north on Lakeshore Drive. Annual permits are $15 for County residents and $25 for non-residents.

Dog Policy
Due to the narrow paths, stairways, boardwalks and trails, dogs are not allowed at Olive Shores. Dog policies vary from park to park, so please check each park’s webpage carefully for rules. Leader dogs for persons with disabilities are permitted.

Trail Map

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  • Payments Accepted

  • Hours

    Open April 1 until the first snowfall: 7am to 10pm
  • Cost(s)

    Motor vehicle parking fees are in effect from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Please note that a Michigan “Recreation Passport” is not valid at County Parks. Olive Shores has a self-service fee station selling $7 daily permits regardless of residency. Annual permits are not available at the self-service fee station, but can be purchased at Kirk Park which is 1½ miles north on Lakeshore Drive. Annual permits are $15 for County residents and $25 for non-residents.
  • Amenities

    Swimming Beach Hiking Trails Boardwalks Stairways & Decks with ScenicViews Picnic Tables Modern Restrooms Paved Parking Lot
  • Travel time from downtown Grand Haven

    17 Minutes
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