Ottawa County Parks & Recreation
West Olive, MI 49460
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."
Note: Ottawa County provides NO LIFEGUARDS at parks with swimming facilities.
Park Map - This printable map shows facilities, parking areas, features and trails.
Amenities & Activities
- Paved parking area
- Barrier - free walkways
- Modern restrooms
- Picnic tables
- Hiking trails, boardwalks, and stairs
- Sand swimming beach on Lake Michigan
Olive Shores is open until the first heavy snowfall and re-opens on March 1.
Ottawa County motor vehicle parking fees are in effect from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Daily or annual permits are accepted. Olive Shores has a self-service fee station for $7.00 daily permits. The closest location to purchase an Ottawa County annual permit is Kirk Park 1½ miles north on Lakeshore Drive.
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.
DirectionsLocated in Port Sheldon Township. Take US 31 to Stanton Street (south of M-45) and travel west to Lakeshore Avenue. Travel south on Lakeshore Avenue to Olive Shores Drive. Travel on Olive Shores Drive to the park entrance on the west side of the road.
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