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DNR seeks public input on Bass River Recreation Area planning

Join the Michigan Department of Natural Resources at a public meeting 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, to learn about a new draft general management plan for the Bass River Recreation Area.

The meeting will be held in the main conference room of the Ottawa County Fillmore Complex, 12220 Fillmore St. #310 in West Olive. It will begin with a short overview of the draft plan, proposed improvements and planning process, followed by an opportunity for people to share feedback and questions with DNR staff.

The DNR uses general management plans to define long-range planning and management strategies that protect the resources of state parks, while addressing recreation and education needs and opportunities. The updated plan will replace the park's phase 1 general management plan completed in 2012. 

The Bass River Recreation Area is located along the Grand River between Grand Rapids and Grand Haven in Ottawa County. The park is popular for mountain biking, boating, hunting, fishing and horseback riding. It features 10 miles of trails and several bodies of water including over 3 miles of river frontage on the Grand and Bass rivers. A portion of the 1,665-acre park is managed specifically for wildlife management, and an area adjacent to Riverside Park is managed by Ottawa County through a lease agreement.

Survey, project website

Links to the draft plan and an interactive public input survey – open through June 14 – for those who can't attend the meeting can be found at Comments also can be shared via email with DNR Parks and Recreation Division land specialist Matt Lincoln at He also can field questions about the draft park plan and the June 7 meeting.

Additional information on the DNR’s general management plan process is available at

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Contact: Matt Lincoln, 517-881-3492