This 114‐acre nature preserve offers great nature trails through protected dune land adjacent to the Grand River. This site is an excellent example of a sand dune ecosystem. This site contains all stages of dune development, from bare beach areas along the Grand River to climax dune forest. Two trails wind through the interdunal area and along the Grand River shoreline. This site is undeveloped and has few amenities, so come prepared. Dune ecology study groups may make prior arrangements to use the new Dr. Mary S. Kitchel Outdoor Classroom and Restroom.

Many different kinds of birds use this area. Excellent probability of viewing large numbers of hawks during their fall migration in September and October. Bald eagles may be seen during winter months. Watch for hawks on days when there is an east wind blowing. Excellent chance of seeing ring-billed gulls, herring gulls, great blue herons, and other water birds. Warblers, woodpeckers, sparrows, swallows, and many other songbirds can be seen at various times from spring through fall. Dawn and dusk provide the best viewing opportunities. Several kinds of reptiles including hognose and blue racer snakes may be seen during summer.

Trail maps and a shelter are available on site. Classroom and group tours are also available.

  • Payments Accepted

  • Hours

    Dawn to dusk
  • Cost(s)

    No fees.
  • Amenities

    Trails Birdwatching Outdoor Classroom Restrooms
  • Travel time from downtown Grand Haven

    10 Minutes
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