Ottawa County Parks & Recreation

Hunting on Parks & Recreation Properties

Ottawa County Parks & Recreation offers hunting on over 3,340 acres of selected properties with some restrictions intended to protect hunters and park visitors alike. Before you head out to hunt, please review the rules and permit requirements. Along with the general park property rules, hunters must comply with the following:

  • All hunters must follow the laws of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources
  • Trapping is not allowed.
  • Target practice or paint ball shooting is not allowed.
  • Hunters must maintain a 30-yard distance from property lines.  Property lines are marked with red stakes.
  • Hunting is not allowed within 450 feet of any occupied building.
  • Motorized vehicles are not allowed except in designated parking areas.
  • Cutting of trees or branches to create shooting lanes is not allowed.
  • Gathering of dead materials found on the ground to construct blinds is not allowed.
  • Temporary type 1 ground blinds may be used.
  • Using bait to attract deer is not allowed.
  • Fishing is allowed in designated areas following the laws of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
  • More in Sections 11 & 12 of Ordinance No. 03-2
  • Hunting Brochure

Properties with Hunting Available

hunting map North Ottawa Dunes Crockery Creek Natural Area  Jubb Bayou Bur Oak Landing Eastmanville Bayou Grand River Park Bend Area  Ripps Bayou  Johnson Street Forest Robinson Forest Bur Oak Landing Hiawatha Forest Port Sheldon Natural Area Van Buren Street Dunes Upper Macatawa Natural Area Upper Macatawa Natural Area

Special Permits

Properties requiring a special permit for hunting include Crockery Creek Natural Area, Upper Macatawa Natural Area and North Ottawa Dunes.  Lottery drawings are held prior to the hunting periods at each of these sites.  Hunters selected to receive a special permit via the drawing must pay a $20 fee and attend a mandatory pre-hunt meeting in order to qualify.

View detailed rules, or apply for the lottery at either Crockery Creek Natural Area or Upper Macatawa Natural Area.

View detailed rules, or apply for the lottery at North Ottawa Dunes.

Applications will only be accepted online now through noon on Tuesday, September 1.  Winning applicants will be notified via email by September 11.  Hunters applying for the Upper Macatawa Natural Area should note that mountain biking trails and a paved multi-use, non-motorized trail will be in use during the hunt.  Extreme caution must be taken while hunting at this site.

Hunters who are selected for a special permit are asked to complete a survey at the end of the season. This survey helps us assess the hunts and improve them in the future. Hunters may also find the survey results interesting and helpful.

Hunting is Not Allowed at:

Hunter Safety Tips

  • Treat every firearm as if it is loaded.
  • Always point the muzzle in a safe direction.
  • Be certain of your target and what's beyond it.
  • Keep your finger outside the trigger guard and off the trigger until ready to shoot.
  • Control your emotions when hunting.
  • Always let someone know where you are hunting and when you plan on returning.
  • Hunter Safety Courses

CONTACT US

Parks Visitor Center

  • The Nature
    Education Center
    at Hemlock Crossing
    8115 West Olive Road
    West Olive, MI 49460
  • Tuesday - Saturday:
    9:00am - 5:00pm
    Sunday:
    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.