Parks & Recreation

Newaygo County Parks and Recreation Commission
  • 4684 Evergreen Drive (M-37)
    Newaygo, MI 49337
  • (231) 689-7340
    (231) 689-7341

Welcome to Newaygo County Parks! The Newaygo County Parks System includes a Marina and five County Parks with day use and modern campground facilities. To enhance your outdoor experience, we are surrounded by the World Class Muskegon River, North Country National Scenic Trail, 4,000-acre Hardy Pond, and the 538,000-acre Manistee National Forest. Our newest addition, currently under construction, is the 40+-mile natural surface trail around Hardy Pond known as Michigan’s Dragon at Hardy Dam.

Newaygo County is known for its world-class natural resources and outdoor recreational opportunities. Most notable is its world-class fishing, hundreds of miles of trails, thousands of acres of public lands, and some wonderful small towns to explore. We hope you will go out and explore Newaygo County and its beautiful communities during your next stay with us. Check out our tourism website to plan your next Newaygo County adventure during your visit.

We hope you enjoy our parks and Newaygo County. Make sure you like, and follow us, on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. We want to see how you are enjoying our parks, so please tag us on social media during your adventures. Also, to learn more about our camping cabins, please check out our Cabin Tour Video below.

Camping Cabin Tour

Winter 2023 Updates

Our campgrounds are closed for the season and will reopen on April 28th, 2023, at 9 AM.  2023 camping reservation will begin online at 10 AM on January 1st, 2023.  Over-the-phone camping reservations will begin at 8 AM on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2023. 

Our website has been updated with our 2023 camping season rates and dates.  If you are interested in a 2023 seasonal campsite, please contact Park Headquarters at 231.689.7340 to be added to the waiting list (excluding Sandy Beach).  We do have some seasonal campsites still available at White Cloud County Park.  

When you are in our Parks next season, you may see several projects taking place.  The Parks Commission is completing several improvement projects in our Parks this season; These improvements are funded by our Park Customers who book reservations and purchase vehicle passes.  Thank you all for making these projects possible in 2023!



Hardy Pond Water Level Update

Hardy Pond visitors, please note that Consumer’s Energy started lowering Hardy Pond on November 1st, 2022, and keeping the water levels low until Friday, May 26th, 2023.  Therefore, boat ramps at Sandy Beach County Park and Hardy Dam County Marina may not be available until May 26th.  

Also, Consumer’s Energy has stated water levels will not start lowering until November 1, 2023.  Moving forward, water levels will follow this cycle for 2024 as well.

Ed Henning County Park

Located on the World Class Muskegon River, known for excellent Salmon and Trout fishing. This 82-acre park features a modern campground. The park offers 60

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John Graves Lodge

The historic John Graves Lodge overlooking Little Placid Lake is available for group rentals. The lodge is a partnership between Newaygo County Parks and the

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