Coast Guard Park in Ferrysburg, MI

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Park Managed by City of Ferrysburg

About Coast Guard Park in Lakeshore Area
18161 North Shore Drive, Ferrysburg MI 49409
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check mark 40x40 navy blue Open: Open all year, from 8 AM to 10 PM
check mark 40x40 navy blue Stroller-Friendly? Playground or main areas only
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Coast Guard Park is a park-goer's gem! It checks so many boxes for a day full of family fun.

Start out your day hiking the trails through the dunes to the lookout for breathtaking views, spend time at the playground, and pack a picnic lunch to enjoy at the shelter.

Your furry family members will even enjoy this park with a fenced in area to ditch the leash.

Round out your afternoon with a dip in the lake - just a short walk from the park!

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The Playground at Coast Guard Park

A huge play structure here with lots of fun slides and a cool rock climbing tower.

Swings are also available.

Benches for watchful parents surround the playground area.
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Hiking Trail Details
check mark 40x40 navy blue Trail Difficulty: Moderate
Lots of well marked, wooded trails through the dunes.

Facilities at Coast Guard Park
Restrooms, picnic shelter, drinking fountain (even for the dogs!) available.

What's Unique About Coast Guard Park?
Park is a trailhead for the North Ottawa Dunes. At the entrance to the park is a parking lot where you can park to access these sand dunes.

Also, at the west end of the park is a fenced in area for letting your dog off the leash.

Coast Guard Park Features & Amentities
Baseball or Softball Diamonds, Basketball Court, Baby Swings, Beach, Dog Friendly, Dog Park, Free Admission, Grills, Hike with a Payoff, Hiking Trails, Lake or River, Pavilion, Pickleball Courts, Picnic Tables, Playground, Restrooms, Soccer Fields, Swings, Tennis Courts

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Etiquette & Tips for Hiking & Walking Trails

Here are some things to keep in mind while hiking the walking trails in Grand Rapids.

  1. Stay on the right side of the path when others are approaching.
  2. Wait your turn on the stairs.
  3. Pack in and pack out your trash.
  4. Bring sunscreen and bug spray (we keep a set in the trunk of our car so we’re always prepared!)
  5. Bring water for everyone.
  6. Binoculars and/or a compass can making any hike an adventure for a child
  7. Check for ticks when you’re done (Read this helpful info about ticks in West Michigan)
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It’s easy to forget how lucky we are to live where we do. West Michigan has incredible scenery! And we have so many well kept trails and state parks in our area with different things to see.

I have friends in other parts of the U.S. who miss their Michigan home, saying that all the trails where the live are all the same, and not as varied or well-kept as in Michigan.

So don’t take this place for granted, friends! And don’t wait to experience Michigan in all four wonderful seasons on a trail near you.

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7 thoughts on “Coast Guard Park in Ferrysburg, MI”

  1. Be careful when going to aman park. You will need bug spray. Lots of mosquitoes!! Other than that highly recommended 🙂

  2. We went to the Calvin College Nature Preserve. I didn’t realize their trails were free and open until sunset. Grabbed fellow mom, Allison Hoogheem Kampmueller and her kids, and off we went! It was beautiful! Thanks for posting the info.

  3. We went to the Calvin College Nature Preserve. I didn’t realize their trails were free and open until sunset. Grabbed fellow mom, Allison Hoogheem Kampmueller and her kids, and off we went! It was beautiful! Thanks for posting the info.

  4. Mel – you have officially made my job easier at church as I plan out hikes for our high school students to train on before we head to Colorado. Muchas Gracias sister!

  5. This is so great. We’ve been looking for trails that are near and a little further.
    this is so helpful. thank you!

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