Ottawa Sands vast spread of dunes and forest will open to the public Monday

Via The Grand Haven Tribune

Just in time for fall colors and cool temperatures, the Ottawa Sands recreational park will open to the public this Monday October 15th.

The 345-acre property is located between green space owned by the cities of Grand Haven and Ferrysburg and the county’s North Ottawa Dunes.

The property includes forested dunes, 5,585 feet of riverfront land with wetlands and a roughly 2-mile natural surface trail around an 80-acre inland lake.

Ottawa County was approached by the land owner, Ottawa Sand Co., in the fall of 2017, and the county parks department jumped on the opportunity to get last-minute grant funding.

Ottawa County Parks acquired funding from Michigan’s Natural Resources Trust Fund Board for $4.2 million to purchase half of the property. The Land Conservancy of West Michigan secured a loan for $4 million to purchase the remainder, which it will sell to the county once funding is acquired, likely later this year.

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