Grand Haven State Park

Grand Haven State Park is a 48-acre park with the beautiful sandy shore of Lake Michigan along the west side of the park and the Grand River along the north side of the park. The park consists entirely of beach sand and provides scenic views of Lake Michigan and the Grand Haven pier and lighthouse.



Boating & Fishing

There is no launch site, but one is located nearby on Harbor Island which provides access to the Grand River and Lake Michigan. The pier in the park provides excellent shore fishing.


A Beach House provides clothes-changing area for swimmers with handycap access, vending machines. The sandy beach provides excllent sunbathing and swimming opportunities. Check water quality here.

Mountain Biking


Picnic Area

Picnic Shelter is available on a first-come, first-served basis or by reservation at the park.


Although the park is closed in the winter, foot traffic to view the shoreline ice, lighthouse pier and sunsets is encouraged.



Other Summer Activities & Attractions

The Grand Haven Lighthouse is nearby. The world's largest Musical Fountain is also located nearby, with nightly performances through the summer months. The Harbor Trolley travels throughout the Tri-Cities area and is a fun way to get to the various shops and restaurants in the area. From the last weekend in July through the first full weekend in August, the Coast Guard Festival is held. For festival information phone: 616-846-5940. The Gillette Visitor Center, located at P. J. Hoffmaster State Park, is a twelve mile drive from Grand Haven.


Foot traffic only.

Other Winter Activities

While there are no established trails, the park is open during winter months for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and hiking.

Alcohol Restrictions Apply

A person shall not possess nor consume alcoholic beverages from April 1 through Labor Day without the written authorization of the park manager.

Wireless Internet Access

MiWiFi provides wireless Internet access in the day-use area of this park. The access point is located near the concessions area and radiates about 150 feet from this location in all directions. This service is also available in other parks and harbors throughout Michigan.


US-31 to Franklin St. Head West to Harbor Ave. Left. 1 mile from park entrance. (Park Signage directs path from US-31).


Fort Custer- Modern - (800) 447-2757, 219 site(s), $19/$16 [Campground MAP]

Fort Custer- Rustic Cabins - (269) 731-4200, 3 site(s), $65/$70
Two cabins are located in a remote area of the park overlooking the smaller lakes and will accommodate 12 people. The third cabin, which accommodates six people, is on the banks of the Kalamazoo River. Number Available: 3 Capacity: 6/12

Unit Map

Metal Detecting

Metal detecting is recognized as a legitimate recreation activity when it is conducted in ways that do not damage the natural and cultural resources in Michigan State Parks nor violate applicable state statues. The entire park is open to this activity, however, any items found must be reviewed by park staff and may be retained for further investigation.

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