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Ottawa County Parks & Recreation

Winter Recreational Activities

Ottawa County Parks offer miles of un-groomed cross-country ski trails and places to explore on snowshoes, but two parks are considered winter destinations:

  • Pigeon Creek Park offers groomed cross-country ski trails, ski and snowshoe rentals, ski lessons, sledding and more.
  • Hemlock Crossing Park is another popular destination during winter offering snowshoe rentals at the Nature Center.

Pigeon Creek Park Winter Operations

Yes, we will be renting skis and snowshoes this year! We believe getting outside is more important to our health and wellness than ever. There will be some adjustments to our operation this year:

  • Before you visit, check our trail conditions page for information about trails, equipment rental, and more
  • Ski and snowshoes are rented on a first come first serve basis; equipment cannot be reserved in advance
  • Park hours: 7 am-10 pm daily (Lodge and rental hours are limited, see below)
  • Dogs, hiking, horseback riding, and biking are prohibited once operations begin
  • Masks/face coverings are required everywhere except out on ski/snowshoe trails (see below for more information), including the sledding hill
  • If you will be renting equipment, be prepared to wait outdoors
  • Visitors should maintain 6' social distance from others
  • Wash your hands frequently before, during, and after your visit

Pigeon Creek Lodge

The Lodge will not be open for warming or concessions. Please bring your own snacks and beverages, and be prepared to use your vehicle as base camp.

Lodge restrooms will be open.

Masks/face coverings will be required everywhere except out on the trails, including:

  • Inside and around the lodge
  • On the sledding hill
  • On the entrance hill (leading to the lodge)

Equipment Rental

Ski and snowshoe rental will be available in the lodge on a first come first serve basis; equipment cannot be reserved in advance

  • Capacity will be limited inside the rental area; be prepared to wait outdoors
  • Equipment will be sanitized between every use
  • Sanitation protocols will be increased inside the Lodge
  • A picture ID or credit card is required as security for all rentals

Rental Hours

Rental hours have been adjusted for staff safety. These hours may change. Any changes will be posted on our trail conditions page.

  • Extended weekday hours: 12 pm-7 pm (gear due back by 8:30 pm)
  • Weekend hours: 10 am-5 pm rental (gear due back by 6:30 pm)

Please note that rental is only offered during good ski conditions.

Rental Pricing

  • There are no entry or trail fees
  • Cross-country ski or snowshoe rental (three hours): $8; $2 per additional hour
  • Snowshoe rental for those 6 and under is free with a paid adult rental

Ski Lessons

Beginner, intermediate, and skate ski lessons will be offered. Check our program calendar to register.


Hemlock Crossing Nature Center

Spring hours are in effect as of March 15, 2021

  • Tuesday through Saturday – 9 AM to 5 PM
  • Sunday - 12 to 5 PM
Nature Center Operations
  • Masks are required for entry
  • Restrooms will be open, but most of the building will remain closed
  • Concessions will not be available
  • Confirm whether snowshoe rental is available online at miottawa.org/trails

Rental Pricing

  • There are no entry or trail fees
  • Snowshoe rental (three hours): $8; $2 per additional hour
  • Snowshoe rental for those 6 and under is free with a paid adult rental
  • Snowshoes are available for ages 4+

Winter Programs

Nature Center staff offers nature and recreation programming year-round, including snowshoe hikes. Check our program calendar to register.