Public Recreation Areas

Name # of Acres Address Usage
Farview Nature Park 87 6257 138th Avenue nature trails, bird-watching, horse trails – for information about LETA, the Laketown Equestrian Trails Association, please contact Laura Canaan; for current events, see below
The Felt Estate 4 6597 138th Avenue meetings, tours, rental facility for groups and events
Gilligan Lake 20 66th between 142nd and 144th fishing, small roadside park, unimproved boat launch
Goshorn Lake 30 65th Street (South of 138th) fishing, swimming, boating, boat launch
Old Township Hall 1 6280 142nd Avenue meetings for small groups, history-related events
Huyser Farm 102 corner of 142nd Avenue and 64th Street nature trails, bird-watching, wildlife viewing, u-pick blueberry patch, gazebo
Kelly Lake 20 66th Street, between 145th & 146th access limited to foot traffic from 66th, fishing, swimming
Laketown Beach 2.7 142nd, west of 66th beach access via stairs, swimming
Sanctuary Woods 40 66th St. between 147th Avenue and 32nd trails, view of Lake Macatawa and Lake Michigan, picnic tables, former interurban bridge, bird-watching, wildlife viewing
Saugatuck Dunes State Park 959 138th Avenue hiking trails to Lake Michigan, bird-watching, picnic area, swimming, cross-country skiing
Shore Acres Township Park 40 138th Avenue soccer field, BMX track, 19 hole disc golf course, mountain biking trails, trails to Lake Michigan through Saugatuck Dunes State Park, basketball courts
Wolters Woods Township Park 34 6281 147th Avenue playground structure, horseshoes, nature trails, shuffleboard, picnic pavilion, bird-watching, wildlife

 

Fairview Nature Park

6257 138th Avenue

Comprised of over 80 acres, Fairview Nature Park has one and a half miles of scenic trails. With several distinct ecosystems – including pond wetlands, low dunes, deep woods, and open meadow – this park is rich in flora and fauna.

The Laketown Equestrian Trails Association and the Laketown Parks Commission maintain horse trails through the park. A reminder to all equestrians: please use the designated horse trails, not the walking trails. Thank you for being safe and using our parks for exercise and enjoyment.

 

The Huyser Farm

In the late 1930s, Manuel and Lilah Huyser purchased a 102-acre parcel at the corner of 142nd Avenue and 64th Street in Laketown Township. They drained the swamps, cleared the brush, straightened the creeks, and created an extensive irrigation system. Many buildings exist on the farm, largely constructed with wood harvested from the wood lots on the property. The Huyser home was built in 1939; its original plans still exist. Although the home needs maintenance, it is structurally sound.

The Huyser Farm Sub-committee (part of the Parks Commission) has developed a long-term detailed strategic plan for the farm’s preservation, development and maintenance. It hopes that through this plan the Huyser Farm will become an educational and ecological center that will draw interest from the residents of Laketown, the general public, the schools, and visitors to the area.

The Huyser Farm contains nine vegetative communities with a diverse flora representing 62 families and 295 species of vascular plants. These distinct communities attract an active bird population most of which are summer residents.

The Huyser Farm also is home to an organic blueberry patch. Residents are welcome to pick blueberries as no charge.

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Laketown Beach

6710 142nd Avenue

Climb the steps at Laketown Beach and see a spectacular view of Lake Michigan. The stairway, leading up and over the dune, helps protect the fragile dune environment while affording visitors access to the lake.

If you or a volunteer group is interested in helping keep sand off the steps, please contact the township office at (616) 335-3050.

Shore Acres Township Park

Located at the end of 138th Avenue, adjacent to the State Park (at 6602 138th Avenue) Shore Acres Township Park features basketball courts, a soccer field, a baseball diamond, a 19-hole disc golf course and mountain biking trails. There is also a BMX track that sits on the top of the hill.

Historic Gibson Church has recently been relocated on the property. For more information on the move, please visit The Felt Estate website.

Sanctuary Woods Preserve

This park occupies approximately 40 acres in the northwestern corner of Laketown Township on 66th Street near 32nd Avenue. This park was made possible with the assistance of a generous gift from the DenUyl family and a Natural Resources Trust Fund Grant. The development of the property was accomplished through the assistance of a Department of Natural Resources Coastal Zone Management Grant.

 

Ken Cook Photography

Wolters Woods

6281 147th Avenue

Wolters Woods is located at 6281 147th Avenue. It is accessible via the non-motoried path that runs along 147th Avenue making it a true family friendly park. The 34-acre park hosts a playground, horseshoe pit and walking trails. There is also a picnic pavilion available on a first come first serve basis.