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.

Yard waste damages natural areas

What is the problem? Yard waste is being dumped on park land. These natural materials seem harmless, but they lead to a degraded, unnatural system. Park resources are required to remove and treat biological waste on public lands. Why is yard waste a problem in parks? Biological Pollution Yard waste is the leading source of invasive species in our natural areas.
Visit the official Parks page for Ottawa Sands (includes address, trail map, amenities and more) by clicking here. Scroll to read about the property development.  Ottawa County Parks & The Land Conservancy partner on Ottawa Sands acquisition Along the banks of the Grand River, just upstream from Grand Haven’s famous musical fountain, along a cut-out in the river known as “the sag,” is a mile of shoreline that has been privately held for many decades.

Commercial Photography FAQ

We have received a number of questions related to the Commercial Photography & Videography Permit. You can find the official rules and application here, but we wanted to try to consolidate questions. I am a nature Photographer and I occasionally sell a print.  Do I need a permit? Our interest is in covering our liability from commercial businesses operating in the parks.  So, this basically comes down to your intent.