Park Closure Information Please note that North Ottawa Dunes & Ottawa Sands will be CLOSED for an annual wildlife management hunt on Friday, November 18 through Monday, November 21, 2022. Access is by permission only; those in the parks without permission will be ticketed. The parks will re-open Tuesday, November 22. Hunters are chosen each year by lottery – learn more here. Hunting lotteries open in August and hunters are chosen in October.

Protecting Pollinators – The Monarch

Each fall, as the days shorten and the temperatures decrease, monarchs begin their migration southbound for Mexico. These beloved butterflies are widely recognized for their vibrant orange wings and white spots; however, they provide an invaluable service far beyond their beauty: pollination. Unfortunately, monarch populations, along with many other native pollinators, are stressed and have been facing decline due to habitat loss, pesticide use, and a changing climate.

CraneFest Bus Trip

CraneFest Bus Trip on Sunday, October 9  Meet at 12 pm at Hemlock Crossing (return 10 pm)   $75/person OR $125/couple  PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED to secure a seat on the bus OTTAWA COUNTY, MI — This fall experience something new with Ottawa County Parks! Each evening in early October thousands of Sandhill Cranes descend upon Big Marsh Lake near Bellevue, Michigan as they gather for their southward migration. CraneFest is a celebration of this spectacle.

Ticks

What is a tick? Ticks are parasitic arachnids that attach themselves to a host and have the ability to transmit diseases. They are external parasites and survive by feeding on the blood of other animals. They have oval-like bodies and four pairs of legs. Are they dangerous? Not all ticks are dangerous, but you should remain cautious and vigilant in removing them from your body because they have the potential to carry diseases.
Summer is the season of outdoor barbecues, the sound of children splashing in inflatable pools, and the smell of a freshly-mowed yard. Nothing is quite as ubiquitous as the American lawn – a vast, well-manicured plane of Bermuda or Kentucky bluegrass adorns the front of nearly every house in every subdivision of every city in the country.