While the Grand Haven State Park beach is by far the biggest and busiest beach in the Grand Haven area, there are other options. These beaches tend to be quieter than the State Park and are popular with families and seniors.
City Beach – This beach is adjacent to the Grand Haven State Park Beach. In fact, they look like one big beach. The parking lot is free, but fills up quickly so get there early in the day. Many find that the walkway down to the beach makes for a more pleasant experience slogging through hot, shifting sand. City beach has bathroom facilities, and the snack bar and pavilion at Grand Haven State Park is just a short walk away.
South Harbor Drive
Grand Haven, MI 49417
Kirk Park – Located south of Grand Haven along Lakeshore Drive, Kirk Park offers a beautiful beach, picnic shelters, grills, bathroom facilities and vending machines. Take a short walk along a wooded path and emerge at the top of a sand dune with the shining Lake Michigan waters stretching out before you. There is a parking charge.
9771 Lakeshore Avenue North
West Olive, MI 49460
North Beach – This Grand Haven area beach is found north of the US 31 drawbridge in Ferrysburg. It offers picnic tables and grills, vending machines, playground and bathroom facilities. There is a parking charge.
Directions: Located on Lake Michigan in the City of Ferrysburg approximately 2 miles north of the Grand Haven pier. From US 31, take the Ferrysburg exit and go west on 3rd Street to North Shore Drive. Turn west on North Shore Drive and travel about 2 miles to the park entrance.
Rosy Mound Beach – Guests arrive at this Grand Haven beach after half an hour of hiking through woods, up and down dunes and staircases. It’s a pretty beach, but not a good choice if you’re lugging a packed cooler, two beach chairs, a few sand pails and floaties. There is a parking charge.
13925 Lakeshore Drive
Grand Haven, Michigan 49417
Buchanan Beach – Townie beach. Tiny, no facilities, parking is along the side of the road, but hey, it’s free. This is a good option when the other beaches are full.
Directions: Take US 31 south of Grand Haven to Buchanan St. Head west on Buchanan St. until it dead ends at the beach.
Spring Lake Public Beach – This beach is not on Lake Michigan, but rather Spring Lake. Read more about it here.