Local Outdoor Recreation Links &

Parks and Trails

Ravine Trails Map - Enjoy over 3 miles of wooded trails on GVSU's Allendale Campus.  Please travel with caution as the trail is uneven and rather steep in sections. 

Ottawa County Parks and Open Spaces - An easy to read map with links to Ottawa County Parks and Open Spaces.  Contains information about nearby areas such as Grand River Park, the Musketawa Trail, Deer Creek Park, and many, many more.  Great for locating hiking trails and Grand River access points for kayaking.

 Grand Rapids Trails - Includes information about local natural areas as well as a map of Kent County Trails.  Site also has a trail map of Aman Park (2 miles east of Allendale Campus on Lake Michigan dr).

Grand River Heritage Water Trail - Find detailed information about launch sites, points of interest, & paddle distances on the ~30 miles of Grand River flowing through Ottawa County (Jenison to Grand Haven.).  Includes an interactive map!  Additional info can be found here.

Boat Launch Sites - Find your kayak drop-in and take-out points with ease!  Search the Michigan Recreational Boating Information System (MRBIS) for area access sites and harbors. 

State Parks and Recreation Areas - Michigan DNR database of state parks and recreation areas.  Great link for info about nearby Grand Haven State Park, PJ Hoffmaster State Park, and Bass River Rec. Area.

Tips & Tricks

Hiking Resource Guide - A solid compilation of hiking essentials from multiple sources.  Great tips to make sure you're prepared for your next adventure!  Disclaimer:  Although the infomation found here may prove beneficial, the OAC cannot guarantee that the information provided is accurate, safe, or will ensure your general well-being in the outdoors. 



Literature Available in the OAC
(All titles are for reference only and must remain in the OAC.)

GVSU Ravines: A Field Guide by Carly Sills - Featuring Trees, Wild Edibles, & Wildlife of the Ravines, plus Basic Bushcraft & a Trail Guide.

Trail Atlas of Michigan by D. Hansen - A comprehensive guide to non-motorized trails in Michigan.

The Backpacker's Field Manual by R. Curtis - A comprehensive guide to mastering backcountry skills.  Skills covered include:
-Trip Planning
-Ultralight Hiking
-Leave No Trace

Page last modified September 11, 2013