Ottawa Sands Loop
ElevationAscent: 61' 19 m
Descent: -61' -19 m
High: 613' 187 m
Low: 588' 179 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 4% (2°)
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“A relatively short and scenic loop through a newly-acquired, inner dune trail system around a one-time sand mining site.”— Jessica VanGinhoven
This loop links the outer trails in a clockwise direction from the parking area off N Shore Rd, staying left at all intersections. All trails at Ottawa Sands can be traveled in either direction or combined in a variety of ways to accommodate groups of varying ability or time constraints.
Continue to the southeast on the road toward the Grand River, ducking back into the trees with a patch of marshland around mile 0.4. At this point, follow the trail along the riverbank to the south staying left at all intersections through the grassland and open dunes keeping an eye out for nesting bald eagles in this southern area.
Looping back toward the lake, pass some more wetlands before following the western half of the loop along the boundary of the grassland and deciduous forest back to the starting point.
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Land Manager: Ottawa County Parks & Recreation Commission