Grand Haven State Park, Grand Haven

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Grand Haven State Park is a 48acre state park in Michigan. The park is located in Grand Haven, Michigan on the coast of Lake Michigan on the south side of the mouth of the Grand River and harbor.
The park has 174 campsites and a very popular beach area. The park is quite sandy throughout and is not wooded. Many campsites have direct views of the lake and lighthouses.
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.
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  • We've been to this beach a few times in the past, always in the summer. This time we visited in late October when a raging wind/rain system was passing through. The rains had stopped and we ventured o...  more »
  • Great park. Enjoyed the beautiful shoreline. Great walking. Not very crowded. Walking to the light light very enjoyable.  more »
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  • Grand Haven is such an awesome beach town. The state park was beautiful. The beach is so big that it was not crowded even though there were many people there. There is plenty of parking. My only complaint is that the beach is covered in debris. Sharp pieces of plastic, glass, and metal. It was very difficult to walk around barefoot. My foot was cut by something. I recommend that you wear shoes. Other than that everything was perfect and we had an amazing time. I look forward to visiting again. Walking the pier and watching the beautiful sunset was a great experience.
  • Grand Haven St. Park is a great place to go to. Love to take a picnic, walk the pier and boardwalk and the beach. Lake Michigan is very beautiful and a walk on the redone pier gives you a perfect place to look at the lake or watch the boats go in and out from the channel. There are camping facilities and you are close to downtown area, restaurants, shops and anything that strikes your fancy. Also the Pronto Pup is very close by. Great place.

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