Kirk Park Beach is for Dog Lovers …and People who like Dune Views and Wooded Trails

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A Bit about Kirk Park

Kirk Park
9791 Lakeshore Drive, West Olive, MI 49460

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.

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Along the lakeshore, roughly halfway between Holland and Grand Haven, is Kirk Park.

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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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Lake Michigan dog beach

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.

Kirk Park Scenic Vistas

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A Bit about Kirk Park

Kirk Park
9791 Lakeshore Drive, West Olive, MI 49460

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.

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Missing the Zoo? Enjoy a private stroll to spend time with Yoshi, the baby Canada lynx, or Wyatt, Wasabi, and their gang of furry babies, you’re sure to enjoy having the Zoo to yourself.
Book your weekend tour online or call us for a weekday tour.

Along the lakeshore, roughly halfway between Holland and Grand Haven, is Kirk Park.

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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.

West Michigan Beach Directory » 

Lake Michigan dog beach

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.

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Kirk Park at a Glance

  • Small Playground Area
  • Several Hiking Trails
  • Picnic Tables
  • Grills
  • Covered Picnic Pavilion
  • Modern Bathrooms (closed during winter season)
  • Vending Machines
  • Beach Access to Lake Michigan
  • Off-Leash Dog Beach Area along Lake Michigan
  • Panoramic Scenic Overlooks
  • Marked Cross-Country Ski Trails with varying levels of difficulty
Kirk Park Map

Tips for Your Family Trip to Kirk Park

Bring sunscreen.

Kirk Park No Lifeguard

There are NO lifeguards on duty at Kirk Park beach, 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.

Kirk Park Dune Trail Sneller

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.

Kirk Park Playground Stru

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.

Kirk Park Stairs

The hiking along the dune ridges involves many stairs (over 500!) and steep drop-offs, which may prove very challenging for some hikers.

Kirk Park Steep Climb Sig

Kirk Park FAQ’s

Is this park good for toddlers?

No, this park is best for older kids who can handle moderate to challenging trails and strong, confident swimmers as there are no lifeguards on duty at the beaches.

How are the bathrooms?

Kirk Park Restroom Facili

Modern bathhouse with restroom facilities as well as changing stalls. Moderately clean, several toilets were marked out of order as of June 2018.

Are there picnic tables and grills?

Kirk Park PIcnic Pavilion

Many picnic tables with adjacent grills to choose from. There is also a large picnic pavilion for larger gatherings, as well as an indoor lodge building that can be rented.

Is there any shade?

Lots of shade throughout the park; it’s a forested dune. Full sun on the beach.

Can I fly a kite here?

Short answer no, but if the beach isn’t too crowded you could fly a kite along the water.

Is there an admission fee?

Depends on the time of year you visit. There is a motor vehicle parking fee from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

County Residents: $5.00/daily; $15.00/annually
Non-County Residents: $7.00/daily, $25.00/annually
Seniors (60+): $10.00/annually (no discount on daily rates)

When is this park open?

Kirk Park is open year round.

Summer Season Hours run March 1 through October 15, 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM.
Winter Season Hours run October 16 through February 28(29), 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

What is parking like?

Very large paved parking area.

Kirk Park Dog Beach Gus and Bing

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3 thoughts on “Kirk Park Beach is for Dog Lovers …and People who like Dune Views and Wooded Trails”

  1. With Kruse Park and Kirk Park dog beaches closed in 2020, where can dogs swim in Lake MI near Grand Haven in September? Thanks

    1. Hi Teri, the dog beach is not fenced in, so if you have a pup who needs limits, leashes of any length are welcome.

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