Holland State Park
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Introduction

Home to the most beautiful golden sand beaches in Michigan, Holland State Park is the ideal place for a beach day adventure. Located just four miles west of the city of Halland, Michigan, the park spreads over 142 acres of rolling dunes, sandy beaches, and two lakes; Lake Macatawa and Lake Michigan. The wide expanses of space, breathtaking views of the lake and the iconic Holland Harbor Light make this the ideal destination for your next RV adventure. The state park also offers much in terms of facilities and entertainment with two modern campgrounds, a playground for the kids, restrooms, changing areas, concession stands, an area for boat launches, a fish cleaning station and much more.

The glorious sunsets, warm sunshine, and refreshing winds offer the most tranquil of experiences both on land and in the water. Spend the day relaxing on the beach or take part in the numerous water and land-based activities the park has to offer. Holland State Park is great for families, friends, seniors and children alike and a great way to enjoy the day away from the buzz of city life. With 365 days of pleasant weather, this state park is open all year round but is most busy during summers.

Holland State Park is a must see for anyone visiting or living in Michigan who has a love for the outdoors. RV enthusiasts can spend their weekends sunbathing, fishing, going on long walks or simply relaxing. All while soaking up the magnificent views of boats sailing across the channel and, of course, the Big Red Lighthouse.

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Transportation in Holland State Park

Driving

Holland State Park is easily accessible by road as it is just four miles away from the city of Holland. The Ottawa Beach Rd leads to the state park and is wide enough for RVs and larger vehicles with ample parking spaces available when you arrive at your destination.

There are no restricted driveways or difficult entry ways, so any vehicle, no matter how large, can get in and out relatively easily. The paved campsites make it easy for RVs and trailers to park and they are many camp spots available if you decide to spend the night.

Getting around the park is also convenient, with most areas being accessible by foot. Roads and bike trails also run along the entire park, making it easy for vehicles to navigate.

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Campgrounds and parking in Holland State Park

Campsites in Holland State Park

Reservations camping

Allendale / West Grand Rapids KOA

Just between Grand Rapids and Grand Haven is the convenient Allendale/West Grand Rapids KOA campground. Centrally located and just minutes from the beaches of Lake Michigan, this campground makes the perfect spot to set up camp during your next trip to the Great Lakes State. Nearby attractions include museums, raceways and car shows. The campground provides a multitude of activities as well. Campers can enjoy the peace and serenity of the countryside, as well as spacious RV sites, most of which can accommodate even the largest of rigs. Planned events during the weekends vary by season but include hayrides, movies, and more. On-site amenities include three ponds for fishing, access to the Grand River for canoes or kayaks, as well as two playgrounds and a “Water Wars” feature. That is just the start, as the campground also boasts a paintball gallery, pool, jump pad, and of course Wi-Fi. Propane and firewood can be purchased on-site if needed.

Holland State Park Campground

There are two campgrounds to choose from; the wooded Lake Macatawa campground and the beachside campground. Less than a mile apart, the campgrounds are equipped with fire pits, grills, and picnic tables and are just a few meters away from the beach. The Lake Macatawa campground is more traditional and offers 211 campsites that are in grassy wooded areas (generator use is only permitted between 8:00am to 8:00pm). The beachside campground is more modern with 98 paved campsites and 31 full hook-up sites which allows for luxury RV living, with unlimited water and electricity use, as well as sewer hookups. There are no length limits for RVs or trailers, with lots of space available. Pets are allowed on the campgrounds, but not on the beach area, so it’s vital that you read and understand the parks pet policy before setting out with your furry friends.

First-come first-served

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Seasonal activities in Holland State Park

In-Season

Swimming

The calm cool lake water is enticing enough without the sun beating down and offers the greatest relief from the heat. The lake water is safe, clean and refreshing to swim in during in-season when the weather is hot and the water is calm. Lifeguards are present on the beach at all times with markings in the water as warnings to prevent swimmers from swimming out too deep.

Volleyball

When the sun is out and you are in the mood for some fun beach activities, nothing beats a game of volleyball. Multiple volleyball courts have been set up in soft sand areas of the beach allowing for a game of singles or doubles with friends and family. If you forget to bring a volleyball don’t sweat, as the concession stand offers an array of items including beach volleyballs (and much more).

Fishing and Boating

The pier and walkway that runs along the beach front is the ideal spot for fishing. Make sure to bring along your fishing gear as the harbor channel is a popular fishing spot and in-season it rarely disappoints. A carry-in boat launch area also allows you to take out your kayak, canoe or boat into the harbor water to find a relaxing spot in the water to enjoy the silence. We’ve provided a fish cleaning station next to the boat launch area allowing you to clean and gut your catch, so you can have it grilled and ready for a delicious supper. If you haven’t brought your equipment and want to enjoy the water, no need to worry; Paddleboard, canoe and kayak rentals are also available at the Mactawa Boathouse on the Lake Mactawa side campground.

Off-Season

Biking

Once you have your RV all set up you can bring out your bikes and enjoy a day of biking by the pier and beach area. Several bike trails snake around Holland State Park and connects to over 25 miles of paved bike trails that offer scenic views of the coastline, beaches, woods and lakes. Biking by the pier and along the Big Red Lighthouse is an experience like no other. Coastal winds cool you down as you bike past the placid lake water, enjoying moments of complete serenity.

Hiking

Holland State Park connects to Holland’s system of unmotorized trails, making it ideal for hikers who love trekking along the coast. The sandy beaches and dunes fade away to a lush green landscape which is home to wildlife with migratory birds and deer patrolling the less crowded regions. The channel break wall and dune walk stairway are popular walking spots that can be enjoyed all year round. The soft sand makes for ideal barefoot walking with the beach spread over a vast area, providing many spots to explore.

Beach House

Holland State Park also has a three room beach house called the “Whitetail” that looks out to the harbor channel and the Big Red Lighthouse. The cabin is large enough to accommodate up to six people and comes equipped with all the amenities that make it feel like a home away from home. It has a refrigerator, microwave, coffee pot and electric heating, as well as an outside deck which makes it the perfect cabin on the beach for families to spend the day. A picnic table, fire pit and grill allows you to enjoy the weather and surrounding views in comfort and safety.

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