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Lake Michigan Beach Update

Update#4 – June 5, 2020 2020 has been a year like none other. Between COVID and record-high water levels, your visit to the beach will be different than in years past.
Hundreds of volunteers spent hours removing invasive honeysuckle along the shoreline of the sag at Ottawa Sands fall 2019… and we are thrilled to report that they completed the task! Grand Haven High School students, Day of Caring volunteers from GHSP and Bekins, and our Park Stewards worked over the course of the summer and fall to clear over 800′ of shoreline on the Grand River.
The Ottawa Beach Marina, accessible kayak launch, and Park Plaza were dedicated at a special event on August 15, 2019. The Ottawa Beach Marina, accessible kayak launch, and Park Plaza were dedicated at a special event on August 15, 2019. Learn more about the amenities here.
Our Natural Resources Management team has been largely focused on managing invasive plants, like garlic mustard, Japanese knotweed, and oriental bittersweet on park properties. Recently, they have had to allocate more time and resources to focus on the threat of forest pests. While plant invasives are challenging to eradicate and control, we can rely on the seedbank to regenerate wildflowers and other plants to grow back quickly once invasives are removed.