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Bass River Recreation Area

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Bass River Recreation Area

The DNR is in the process of developing a new general management plan for Bass River Recreation Area in Ottawa County. The updated plan will replace the park's phase 1 general management plan completed in 2012. The process typically takes one year to complete, and it's currently in the second stage of development. Public and stakeholder input will be a critical part of the process.

A park's general management plan defines a long-range (10- to 20-year) planning and management strategy to protect and preserve the site’s natural and cultural resources and provide access to land- and water-based public recreation and educational opportunities.

Upcoming June 7 public meeting, public input survey

Join the DNR at a public meeting 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, to learn about a new draft general management plan. The meeting will be held in the main conference room of the Ottawa County Fillmore Complex, 12220 Fillmore St. #310 in West Olive. The meeting 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.

To help develop the draft plan, visitors, local community members, stakeholders and others interested in sharing their opinions, ideas and experiences were invited to participate in an online public survey this past fall. 

For those that can't attend the meeting, an interactive public input survey is also open through June 14. Comments also can be shared via email to

Take interactive public input survey »

About the park

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.



For more information, contact Matt Lincoln, DNR Parks and Recreation Division land specialist, at