A Bit about Kirk Park
2020 Update: High water levels and strong wave action have destroyed the stairs that led to the dog beach – and the dog beach is no longer available.
Along the lakeshore, roughly halfway between Holland and Grand Haven, is Kirk Park.
One of the many parks managed by the Ottawa County Parks & Recreation Commission, Kirk Park is a favorite destination for families wanting to have a beach day with their four-legged friends as a large portion of beach allows for dogs to go off-leash.
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Along with the off-leash dog beach, the park also boasts an additional beach, spectacular views from atop their wooded dunes, and fantastic cross-country skiing in winter months.
Tips for Your Family Trip to Kirk Park
There are NO lifeguards on duty at the beaches at Kirk Park, so you may want to bring PDF’s along.
Most of the trails are through densely wooded terrain, so take mosquito and tick prevention measures.
Leave strollers and wagons at home; while some paths have spots of paving, there is only a single barrier-free trail in the entire park.
Bring beach activities (shovels and pails, sports equipment, and binoculars are a few ideas) to keep kids entertained. The playground is very small and somewhat remote.
The hiking along the dune ridges involve many stairs (over 500!) and steep drop-offs, which may prove very challenging for some hikers.