Ottawa County Parks & Recreation

North Ottawa Dunes

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18201 North Shore Drive (approx.)
Ferrysburg, MI 49409

Park closed November 21-24 for hunting.


From US-31, take the Ferrysburg exit west on to 3rd Street to North Shore Drive. Turn west on North Shore and travel one mile to the City of Ferrysburg’s Coast Guard Park. Enter Coast Guard Park and look for the North Ottawa Dunes trail head.

Amenities & Activities

  • Access, trail head and parking at Coast Guard Park
  • Picnic tables
  • Modern restrooms during warm months
  • Hiking and ungroomed cross country ski trails
  • Firearm hunting on limited occasions by special permit.  More information


This map shows amenities, parking areas, features and trails.  This property offers 513 acres of wooded dunes located just off the Lake Michigan shoreline and uniquely situated between state, county and city parks. Ten miles of hiking trails link North Ottawa Dunes to North Beach Park and PJ Hoffmaster State Park. The property features tremendous topography with an elevation change of 185 feet in the parabolic dune formations. Eight distinct dunes in the rugged landscape exceed 750 feet in height for spectacular, scenic views of the surroundings.


March 1 through October 15:  7am to 10pm
October 16 through February 28:  7am to  8pm


There are no entry fees.

Dog Policy

Dogs are permitted at North Ottawa Dunes with the exception of the dune stairs. From May 1 through September 30, we ask that you take your pet only on designated trails. For the safety and enjoyment of all park guests, pets must be on ten foot leashes and under control. Owners must clean up after their pet and dispose of waste in a trash receptacle. Dogs are not permitted in buildings, restrooms, or as posted. Leader dogs for persons with disabilities are permitted in all areas. Recognizing that most dogs enjoy running and playing freely, Ottawa County Open Space Lands allow dogs year-round off leash.

Additional Park Rules



Parks Visitor Center

  • The Nature
    Education Center
    at Hemlock Crossing
    8115 West Olive Road
    West Olive, MI 49460
  • Tuesday - Saturday:
    9:00am - 5:00pm
    12:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Phone: (616) 786-4847

Administration Office

  • Room 267
    12220 Fillmore St.
    West Olive, MI 49460
  • Monday - Friday:
    8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Phone: (616) 738-4810
    Fax: (616) 738-4812
  • In Ottawa County:
    (888) 731-1001 ext.4810

General Park Hours*

March 1 - October 15
7:00am - 10:00pm
October 16 - February 28
7:00am - 8:00pm
*Some parks close in winter or have hours that vary. Select each park for specific park hours.