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County Offices will be closed on November 27th & 28th in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.

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.

The application period has ended for 2014.  Applications for the next season will be posted in September of 2015.

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

Parks 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.