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Ottawa County Parks

Pigeon Creek Park

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12524 Stanton Street
West Olive, MI 49460

Directions

From US-31, take Stanton Street and travel three miles east to the park entrance. From 120th Avenue, travel west on Stanton about a half mile.

For updates on snow conditions and hours call:

Updates on snow conditions & lodge hours: (616) 738-9531

NOTICE: Once winter ski operations begin, no hiking, biking, or dogs are allowed in the park.

Amenities & Activities

  • Pigeon Creek Lodge (reservable mid - April through October)
  • Group Camp Area (reservable for groups from recognized organizations)
  • Cross country ski trails, lighted and groomed for both traditional and skate skiing
  • Sledding hill, lighted (no snowboards)
  • Snow shoe trails
  • Concession stand serving snacks and beverages
  • Ski and snow shoe rental
  • Ski Lessons
  • Biking and equestrian trails (closed during winter)
  • Picnic tables and grills
  • Modern and rustic toilets
  • Parking lot

*Barrier free facilities include the lodge, restrooms, pit toilets, picnic tables and grills. About a mile of trail is generally within barrier free standards. The Group Camp Area is fully accessible with barrier free camp sites.

Map

This map shows winter amenities, parking areas, features and trails. (A summer map is also available.) Pigeon Creek Park is 282 acres with another 130 adjacent acres of County Open Space land. Over ten miles of ski trails and snowshoe trails wind through old pine plantations, mature deciduous forests and through bottomland forests along the Pigeon River. The park is a popular cross country ski destination with groomed trails for both classic and ski skating. Ski trails are groomed, tracked and reset as needed throughout the day. A sledding hill is also provided. Three miles of ski trails and the sledding hill have are illuminated for evening use. The Pigeon Creek Lodge provides ski rental, a food and beverage concession and serves as a warming house. Hiking, dogs, biking, snowshoeing and horseback riding are not allowed on groomed cross country ski trails.

Ski Lessons

Whether you are new to cross country skiing or a seasoned skier wishing to hone your skills, a ski lesson is for you!

Beginner:  Learn about equipment and basic ski techniques. Those ten and older welcome.  Every two children must be accompanied by an adult.

  • 1/8/2015            Thursday           6PM - 7:30PM
  • 1/10/2015          Saturday           10AM - 11:30AM
  • 1/24/2015          Saturday           10AM - 11:30AM
  • 2/5/2015            Thursday           6PM - 7:30PM
  • 2/10/2015          Tuesday            6PM - 7:30PM

Intermediate: For experienced adult skiers wishing to refine their technique and ski more efficiently.

  • 1/17/2015          Intermediate      Saturday                      10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • 1/31/2015          Intermediate      Saturday                      10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • 2/14/2015          Intermediate      Saturday                      10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Ski Skating:  For experienced adult skiers who want to learn the basics of several skate techniques.  Skate skis are required and limited numbers are available to rent in the lodge.

  • 1/13/2015          Skate    Tuesday                       6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • 1/22/2015          Skate    Thursday                      6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • 1/27/2015          Skate    Tuesday                       6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • 2/7/2015            Skate    Saturday                      10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Space is limited and the cost is $8.  Register via email, at the lodge or call (616) 738-4810. Skis are not provided, but can be rented from the lodge for an additional fee. Rental is first - come, first - served and not guaranteed so arrive early. Detailed information will be sent after you register. 

Park Hours

7am to 8pm;
Open until 10pm with hills and trails illuminated during satisfactory snow conditions.
Call the hotline at (616) 738-9531 to confirm snow conditions and Lodge hours.

Lodge Hours

Lodge is open only during satisfactory snow conditions. Call (616) 738-9531 for updates.
The lodge offers ski and snowshoe rentals, concessions and warm hospitality.
Monday-Thursday: 4pm to 8pm
Friday: 1pm to 10pm
Saturday: 9am to 10pm
Sunday: 9am to 8pm
Special Holiday Hours December 22-January 4: 9am to 10pm daily
Closed December 24 & 25

Fees

There are no entry or trail fees.
Ski rental (two hours): $8 adults; $5 youth; $2 per additional hour
Snow shoe rental (two hours): $6; $3 per additional hour
Skis and snowshoes may be rented whenever snow conditions are satisfactory
A picture ID or credit card required as security for all rentals. Rentals are cut off two hours before the lodge closes to ensure all equipment can be returned and checked in before closing.

Dog Policy

Dogs not permitted at Pigeon Creek Park when snow conditions are right for cross country skiing and sledding. When conditions are so that you can walk your dog at this park, we ask that you take your pet on designated trails only, keep them on ten foot leashes and keep them under your control. Owners must clean up after their pet and dispose of waste in a trash receptacle. Dogs are not permitted in buildings, restrooms, picnic shelters, or as posted. Leader dogs for persons with disabilities are permitted in all areas at all times. Recognizing that most dogs enjoy running and playing freely, Ottawa County Open Space Lands allow dogs year - round off leash.

Additional Park Rules

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.