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Bass River Recreation Area

The DNR has begun the process of developing a new general management plan for Bass River Recreation Area in Ottawa County. The process typically takes one year to complete, and it's currently in the beginning stages. 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. 

Public input survey open through Sept. 30

To help develop the draft plan, visitors, local community members, stakeholders and others interested in sharing their opinions, ideas and experiences are encouraged to participate in a online survey open through Friday, Sept. 30.

Take the public input survey by Sept. 30 »

About the park

Bass River Recreation Area is located on the Grand River between Grand Rapids and Grand Haven in Ottawa County. The 1,665-acre park has 3.5 miles of river frontage and is popular for fishing, boating and trail activities. More than 8 miles of trails traverse varied habitats and are open to hiking and cross-country skiing with specific trail designated for mountain biking and horseback riding. The recreation area is open to hunting in accordance with state and local regulations with a portion of the park managed by Ottawa County Parks in conjunction with their adjacent Riverside Park. The western side of the park features a large manmade 300-acre lake. The eastern end of the park is co-managed with the DNR Wildlife Division for wildlife conservation and recreation activities.



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