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Ottawa County Parks properties and trails are open and free to visit — please be safe while you visit!

With over 7,000 acres and 100+ miles of trail, visiting an Ottawa County Park is a great way to combat cabin fever while practicing social distancing. And, the parks are free to use! The only fees associated with Ottawa County Parks are in effect Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day and only at the lakeshore parks.

Visitors should be conscientious of social distancing (staying 6′-10′ apart from others) while visiting parks, especially at busier ones such as Rosy Mound Natural Area, Olive Shores, and Grand Ravines. If you stop by one of these parks and the parking lot is over half full, consider exploring a new park. You can find all 40 properties here: miottawa.org/parks

Limit your group to under 10. Please do not congregate.

Be aware that hard surfaces such as playground equipment, handrails, and benches are not disinfected. Wash your hands before and after visiting a park.

Facility/amenity closures through April 10, 2020:

All restroom facilities are closed (including pit toilets). Plan ahead before your hike.
All rental facilities are closed
The Nature Center remains closed and programs are canceled
We will do our best to bring nature to you through videos and Facebook Live programming. Visit us on Facebook to tune in (Youtube links will also be posted on our website).

Be smart, be safe, wash your hands, and get outside!

Please note that closures and cancellations may extend if recommendations from our county/state health officials change.

You can also get close to nature with these online nature talk programs!