Ottawa County Parks and Recreation COVID Update

A number of sections in EO 2020-110, announced on June 1, are specifically relevant to parks and park users. Please see below for a list of updates and re-opening dates of park amenities. We appreciate your patience as we work through these changes:

  • The Grand Ravines Dog Park has is now open.
  • Drinking fountains are currently undergoing required, annual Ottawa County Department of Public Health water testing and will be turned on as soon as possible.
  • Playgrounds are currently being re-opened; they should all be opened by June 3.
  • Kirk Park Dog Beach is open with limited hours due to high water. Dogs are allowed daily between 7-10 am and 7-10 pm. 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.
  • Ottawa Beach Marina is tentatively planned to re-open to transient boaters on June 5. Reservations will be able to be made online.
  • New outdoor shelter reservations will resume July 1.
  • Reservation facilities with indoor spaces remain closed and we are not accepting new reservations at this time. More information to follow.
  • Summer Camps will likely resume in July. More information about programs and summer camps to follow. Sign up to receive email alerts for seasonal programs or summer camps

For questions related to a previously cancelled reservation or summer camp, email ocparks@miottawa.org. Be sure to include relevant information in your inquiry.  

To find information specific to the lakeshore and beach parks, click here.

Park visitors should continue to maintain appropriate social distancing while outdoors.  Thank you!

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Here are some guidelines to follow if you venture out to a park:

  • Go out only if you’re feeling healthy
  • If the park you normally visit is busy, please considering visiting another location – you can find our full list of properties here
  • Stay 6-10’ from others who are not in your household, on trails and in parking lots – you may step off the trail to allow others to pass with enough distance– you may step off the trail to allow others to pass with enough distance
  • Wash your hands before and after your visit
  • Pack out what you pack in

As the weather warms, ticks will return. Be sure to always check for ticks on yourself, children, and pets after you visit a park, especially if you have been off-trail. We recommend keeping a lint roller in the car to roll off clothes immediately following a hike, but it does not replace a more thorough tick check upon arriving home.

About the Author

Jessica VanGinhoven

Jessica is the media contact for the Ottawa County Parks & Recreation Department: jvanginhoven@miottawa.org, (616) 994-4716