It’s a wrap!! We finally hit the last 3 parks yesterday to complete our tour. We were in Jenison at Grand River Ravines, Bend Natural area and Hager Park. We had a great time visiting all the Ottawa County Parks this year and encourage you to check them out as well!
Musketawa Trail and Grose Park, #33 and #34. We traveled to the very NE corner of Ottawa County to visit these parks. The Musketawa Trail is a 26 mile trail/abandoned rail line that is great for running, biking and even snowmobiling in the winter. 10 miles of the trail goes through Ottawa County. Paved and 12 ft wide. Lovely! Grose Park was closed since it’s after November 1st, but it overlooks Crockery Lake, has some picnic shelters, a playground and a dock.
Eastmanville Farm is located on Leonard street just west of 68th avenue. There is a lot of history here! This is home of Ottawa County’s Poor farm which providing housing and work for indigent residents. Now an Ottawa County Park, the site is a breathtaking array of rolling open fields, steeply sloped stream corridors, and 1367 feet of Grand River shoreline. On site is also the cemetery where the “poor farm” were laid to rest.
We checked out Eastmanville Bayou on 68th street, on the south side of the Grand River. There are some great hiking trails here. Eastmanville Bayou is on one side of the trail and the Grand is on the other. This park has a great kayak/canoe launch if you decide to take the river by boat, some picnic tables and a covered shelter.
Riverside Park is located in Robinson Township at the very end of N. Cedar Drive. With nearly one mile of frontage along the south bank of the Grand River, this 64 acre park is the perfect place for picnicking, boating or fishing. The park includes a boat launch (fee required), picnic shelter, large pond with a barrier free fishing dock and over 1,000 feet of grassy picnic area along the riverbank. Fishing is allowed along the riverbank and from the edge of the pond. There are some nice trails to hike out to the end of the peninsula, but be careful of the poison ivy. It’s abundant! Right now there are actually some goats in an area, penned in. Apparently they EAT poison ivy! Who knew?
Connor Bayou is located around the corner from Johnson Street Forest, off 128th and North Cedar Drive. This Park overlooks the bayou as well as offering about a mile of Grand River frontage. There is a kayak launch for easy access to the river. There’s also a beautiful log cabin that is available for rent. We found some big leaves here!!!