Mecosta County Parks and Recreation Areas
Brower Park provides access to the 18 miles of navigable water on the backwaters of the Hardy Dam. This beautifully wooded 280-acre park boasts almost 8000 feet of river frontage with 1000 feet of sandy beach. Watersports and family friendly amenities highlight the attractions of the park. The Hardy Pond is accessible by boat launches on the north and south shorelines. Family friendly activities include event programming, arts and crafts, hayrides, and movie nights. Additional park amenities include, hiking trails, tennis courts, disc golf, volleyball, basketball, horseshoes, playgrounds and picnic areas. Brower Park contains 230 campsites and 10 Camp-N-Cabins. Pets are welcome.
School Section Lake Veteran's Park is a pleasant combination of history, nature, camping, and summer fun! The trademark feature of the park is our large sand swimming area and historic fieldstone concessions building. In addition to the large swimming area are many other day use features such as a shallow water boat launch, watercraft rentals, arts and crafts, volleyball, horseshoes, basketball, ball diamonds, disc golf, playgrounds and picnic areas. The parks 86 acres contain 162 campsites, 5 Camp-N-Cabins, 2 Modern Cabins, and 4 Picnic Shelters, which are available for rent. School Section Lake is home to our Family Group Camp. This complex sleeps up to 72 guests and consists of six cabins, a lodge with kitchen and dining area and a private restroom and shower building. Sorry, no pets allowed.
Merrill-Gorrel Park offers frontage on both Merrill and Gorrel Lakes. Each lake offering a boat launch, swimming beach, playground equipment and picnic area. Merrill-Gorrel Park’s 90 acres offer a fishing pier, wooded trails, volleyball, basketball, horseshoes, shuffleboard, tetherball, and a ball field. 146 campsites along with 2 picnic pavilions and 4 Camp-N-Cabins enhance this picturesque getaway. Pets are welcome.
Paris Park is located at the site of the former Paris State Fish Hatchery. The Parks 40 wooded acres boarder the Muskegon River and provide access to Michigan’s Longest Rail Trail State Park. The White Pine Trail stretches a distance of 92 miles and runs directly through Paris Park. Additional highlights of the park include an Eiffel Tower, Tube/Canoe Launch, Picturesque Hiking Trails, Historical Landmarks, Trout and Waterfowl Ponds, Picnic Areas and Playgrounds. Park accommodations include 66 campsites, 3 Camp-N-Cabins, Pavilion Rentals, and Group Camping options. Pets are welcome.
Tubbs Lake Campground is located within the DNR managed Martiny Lake State Game Area containing 7,660 acres which include 8 interconnected lakes. The campground is split into 2 sections consisting of Tubbs Mainland and Tubbs Island with 33 rustic sites available. Both sections offer waterfront rustic camping, a boat launch, vault toilets, and a hand water pump. Locally famous for quality fishing and wildlife viewing opportunities, it’s a great place to explore and unwind.
Haymarsh Lake Campground is located within DNR managed Haymarsh Lake State Game Area containing 6,737 acres. The campground is perched on the edge of Haymarsh Lake, which is a flooding project resulting in the combining of the 6 former individual lakes. The campground contains 19 rustic campsites, boat launches, vault toilets, and a hand water pump.
Davis Bridge Park offers a serene environment to enjoy natural surroundings and partake in a riverside picnic. For guests who enjoy fishing, the park offers 500 feet of shoreline and a boat launch on the banks of the Hardy Pond Reservoir. Davis Bridge Park’s 20 acres contain a concrete launch ramp, a vault toilet, a hand-operated water pump, picnic tables and grills. Parking is available for your vehicle and boat trailer. A host camper is often on site to provide assistance if needed. Camping is not available at Davis Bridge Park.
White Pine Valley Recreation Area is a 200-acre woodland area with a well-developed non-motorized trail system. The location contains a parking area with trail maps, offering opportunities for hiking, biking, snow shoeing, cross country skiing, and hunting.