Holland State Park to close parking and day-use area during daytime hours next week

Contact: Contact: Scott Pratt, 517-897-0219
Agency: Natural Resources

In a step toward ultimately opening all public parking options at Holland State Park, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced that next week it will close all parking spaces and the Lake Michigan day-use area at the Ottawa County state park – during the day only – in order to safely complete the park’s annual sand relocation project.

The work could not be completed this spring due to the COVID-19 stay-at-home order and associated spending restrictions. As part of the project, contractors will remove snow fence, relocate drifted sand back to the beach, and level sand across the channel, swimming beach and beach campground. Leveling the sand will allow staff to place picnic tables, the brock dock and swim buoys, and open the modern beach campground.

Between Monday, June 15 through Friday, June 19, the park will follow these hours:

  • The Lake Michigan day-use area will be closed to all vehicles and all visitors (even those on foot) during the day.
  • To provide opportunities for sunset viewing, the entire park will be open to both vehicles and visitors from 6 to 10 p.m. each evening.
  • The Lake Macatawa day-use area and trails will remain open to visitors entering on foot throughout the day.

If the project is completed ahead of schedule, public parking and the day-use area will be reopened earlier. Please check the park website at Michigan.gov/Holland for changes in the project timeline.

Before Memorial Day, capacity at the main beach parking was reduced by more than 40 percent because drifted sand was blocking areas of the parking lot.
Camping will resume Monday, June 22, in most Michigan state parks and recreation areas. For more information, visit Michigan.gov/StateParks or Michigan.gov/Camping.

To help slow the spread of the coronavirus, DNR officials ask visitors to follow social distancing guidelines in order to protect public health.

For more information on the project, contact Scott Pratt, chief of parks and recreation southern field operations, at 517-897-0219 or PrattS@Michigan.gov.