Ottawa County Parks & Recreation
West Olive, MI 49460
Take US-31 to Stanton Street and travel west to Lakeshore Avenue. Travel south on Lakeshore to Olive Shore Avenue. Travel south on Olive Shore to the entrance.
Amenities & Activities
- Swimming beach (NO LIFEGUARDS)
- Hiking trails & boardwalks
- Stairways & decks with scenic views of Lake Michigan
- Picnic tables
- Modern restrooms
- Paved parking area
Olive Shores is open until the first heavy snowfall and re-opens on March 1.
This map shows amenities, parking areas, features and trails. This mostly wooded 20-acre site includes a mature beech-maple-hemlock forest, a steep dune formation, and 738’ of Lake Michigan frontage. Improvements completed in 2012 include a paved parking area, modern restrooms, a barrier-free trail loop, and an extensive series of stairs and boardwalks traversing the dune and providing access to the sandy beach. Decks provide seating and views of Lake Michigan and host a display highlighting the property as the site of a scene from the Tom Hanks movie, "Road to Perdition."
March 1 until the first snowfall: 7am to 10pm
Motor vehicle parking fees are in effect from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Please note that a Michigan “Recreation Passport” is not valid at County Parks. Olive Shores has a self-service fee station selling $7 daily permits regardless of residency. Annual permits are not available at the self-service fee station, but can be purchased at Kirk Park which is 1½ miles north on Lakeshore Drive. Annual permits are $15 for County residents and $25 for non-residents. Those failing to display a daily or annual motor vehicle parking permit risk being ticketed. More about motor vehicle parking fees and permits.
Due to the narrow paths, stairways, boardwalks and trails, dogs are not allowed at Olive Shores. Dog policies vary from park to park, so please check each park's webpage carefully for rules. Leader dogs for persons with disabilities are permitted. Ottawa County Open Space Lands allow dogs off leash to run and play freely, so be sure to read about these sites as well.
Parks Administration Office
12220 Fillmore St.
West Olive, MI 49460
8:00am - 5:00pm
Fax: (616) 738-4812
(888) 731-1001 ext.4810
General Park Hours*March 1 - October 15
7:00am - 10:00pm
October 16 - February 28
7:00am - 8:00pm