|Grand Haven State Park|
Grand Haven Lighthouses
|Location||Grand Haven, Michigan
Ottawa County, Michigan
|Area||48 acres (19 ha)|
|Elevation||591 feet (180 m) |
|Governing body||Michigan Department of Natural Resources|
|Website||Grand Haven State Park|
Grand Haven State Park is a public recreation area on the shores Lake Michigan encompassing 48 acres (19 ha) on the south side of the mouth of the Grand River and harbor in Grand Haven, Michigan. The park features camping, beach activities, and views of the Grand Haven South Pierhead Entrance Light and Grand Haven South Pierhead Inner Light.
A large pier is next to the state park. The pier is maintained by the United States Army Corps of Engineers while pierhead fog signal and inner lighthouse are maintained by the Coast Guard. The pier connects to a boardwalk on the south side river revetment. The boardwalk extends approximately a mile upstream toward the center of town and features many restaurants and shops. The lighthouse was originally built in 1839 and rebuilt in 1905 at its present location.
The beach and state park were created by the interruption of the littoral drift of sand along the coast caused by the navigation structure which was installed to protect the entrance to the harbor. The harbor and channel are also maintained by the Corps of Engineers, which has a local administrative office located near the east end of the boardwalk.
The park offers swimming, a fishing pier, picnicking, campsites, lodge, and a playground.