Kirk Park features acres of dunes, woods, a Lake Michigan shoreline with a sandy beach, covered pavilion, playground, swimming beach, hiking trails with scenic dune overlooks, and cross-country ski trails.


From Lake Michigan Drive, also known as M-45, travel south on Lakeshore Drive to the entrance.

Amenities & Activities

  •  Picnic shelter (reservable)
  •  Kirk Park Lodge (reservable)
  • Swimming beach (NO LIFEGUARDS)
  • Picnic tables & grills
  • Playground
  • Scenic Lake Michigan views
  • Hiking and ungroomed cross country ski trails
  • Horseshoe pit
  • Modern restrooms (closed in winter)
  • Parking lot

* Barrier free facilities include picnic shelter, restrooms, some picnic tables and grills and a trail to the Lake Michigan overlook deck.


This Map shows amenities, features and trails. Stretching along Lake Michigan’s shoreline for over 1/3 mile, this park boasts 68 acres of sandy beach, high bluffs and wooded dunes. Nature trails with wooden stairways wind through the wooded dunes, offering spectacular views of Lake Michigan. A paved path leads to a deck overlooking the beach and Lake Michigan. This is a popular park for swimming, sunbathing, picnicking and cross country skiing.


March 1 through October 15:  7am to 10pm
October 16 through February 28:  7am to 8pm


Motor vehicle parking fees are in effect from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

Dog Policy

  •  Dog lovers will delight in the off-leash beach dogs are permitted before 10am and after 6pm
  •  If dogs are not at the dog beach, they are required to be leashed (10’ max) and under control at all times. This includes walking to and from the beach.
  •  Dogs are not permitted in park buildings, restrooms, picnic shelters, playground areas, off-trail, or as posted.
  •  Owners must clean up after their pet and dispose of waste in a trash receptacle.
  •  Leader dogs for persons with disabilities are permitted in all areas at any time.
  •  Recognizing that most dogs enjoy running and playing freely, many Ottawa County Open Space Lands allow dogs year-round off leash.

Additional Park Rules

  • Meeting/Venue Info

      Number of Meeting Rooms: 1
  • Payments Accepted

  • Hours

    March 1 through October 15: 7am to 10pm October 16 through February 28: 7am to 8pm
  • Cost(s)

    Shelter and Lodge rental fees may apply
  • Amenities

    Picnic Shelter Kirk Park Lodge Lake Michigan overlook deck Picnic Tables Grills Playground Hiking Cross country ski trails Horseshoe pit Modern restrooms (closed in winter)
  • Travel time from downtown Grand Haven

    14 Minutes
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