Ottawa County Parks

Rosy Mound Natural Area

Fulfilling the Rosy Mound Vision

Rosy Mound is known for its stunning views of Lake Michigan and its dunes, forested trails, and natural beaches. The current 164-acre property was originally purchased in 1994 from a sand mining company. At the time, there was the intention to complete Rosy Mound with the purchase of a 127-acre adjacent property where the sand mining company was still operating. In recent years mining operations have ceased, and the site has been reclaimed in accordance with state mining regulations.

This project represents a rare opportunity to acquire 127 acres of dune land, including 108 acres of critical dune, all within a growing urbanized area. The site not only provides a critical buffer for the existing park but also conserves important ecological, recreational, and aesthetic resources.

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13925 Lakeshore Drive
Grand Haven, MI 49417


From US-31, turn west on Rosy Mound Drive, then south on Lakeshore Avenue to the park entrance.

Amenities & Activities

  • Swimming beach (NO LIFEGUARDS) (The walk to the beach is strenuous)
  • Stairways & decks with scenic views of Lake Michigan
  • Hiking trails & boardwalks
  • Interpretive signs
  • Picnic tables & grills
  • Unique shade canopy near beach
  • Modern restrooms near parking area & rustic restrooms near beach
  • Paved parking area
*Barrier free facilities include parking lot restrooms, picnic tables and grills. Some trails are wheelchair accessible and all stairs are designed to be ADA accessible.


This map shows amenities, parking areas, features and trails.  Rosy Mound is a classic Great Lakes dune system including high wooded dunes, foredunes, beach and a dune blowout. A 0.7 mile hiking trail from the parking area to the Lake Michigan shoreline includes 1,000 feet of stairs up and down the dunes and scenic views. A unique shade canopy, dune boardwalk trail and rustic toilets are located near the beach.


March 1 through October 15:  7am to 10pm
October 16 through February 28:  7am to 8pm


Motor vehicle parking fees are in effect from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Learn more »

Dog Policy

  • Dogs are not allowed at Rosy Mound.
  • 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.

Dog policies vary from park to park, so please check each park's webpage carefully for rules. If you would like to take your dog to the beach, consider visiting Kirk Park’s off-leash dog beach.

Additional Park Rules