Holland State Park RV & Campground Guide

Michigan

Holland State Park

is a 142-acre park boasting soft sandy beaches, towering sand dunes, and prime views of Lake Michigan and Lake Macatawa, as well as the iconic “Big Red” Lighthouse. Opened in 1926 on lands gifted from the city of Holland, the park has been a popular destination ever since. It is now one of Michigan’s most visited state parks, with millions of people visiting its shores each year.

Activities abound at Holland State Park. The park is situated across two bodies of water — Lake Michigan to the west and Lake Macatawa to the east — that are connected by the Holland Channel. Visitors can go swimming in both lakes, as well as fishing, boating, and paddling, or take a stroll along the shoreline, lounge on the beach, and snap pictures of the Big Red Lighthouse, which sits on the south side of the channel and dates back to 1872. Visitors can also hike up wooded dune trails and high bluffs for picturesque views of the beachfront and lighthouse.

If endless beachtime fun and gorgeous sunsets over Lake Michigan sound like your idea of a perfect vacation, then come to Holland State Park for your next getaway — you’ll love it here!

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Weather
Spring 38-57 F
Summer 60-80 F
Fall 43-61 F
Winter 22-35 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Holland State Park

When deciding where to stay on your trip to Holland State Park, don’t stay far away from the park in a hotel or home share. Instead, consider staying in an RV! It’s less rustic than a tent and more cozy than a cabin. Plus, you can still experience nature without giving up creature comforts like A/C, television, and kitchen appliances. 

RVshare makes it easy to rent an RV near your home or travel destination like in Grand Haven or Grand Rapids. As well, there are several RV campgrounds near Holland State Park.

Holland State Park Campground

Stay right in the action by camping at Holland State Park! The Lake Macatawa campground offers 211 campsites nestled in the forest, while the Beach Campground has 98 paved campsites near sand dunes. No matter which you pick, both are within walking distance to the beach! Rates are $33-45 per night depending on hookup type.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Pet friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Restrooms, concession stand, playground, boat launch, swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, biking, paddleboard rentals, dumping station

Dutch Treat Campground

Just 15 minutes east of Holland, this campground features spacious RV lots, full hookups, and plentiful amenities. Go for a swim in the pool, hit golf balls on the driving range, or paddle boat out on the pond. During the summer, there are hayrides on Saturdays and worship services on Sundays. Rates are $43 per night.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Pet friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Bathrooms, showers, laundromat, fire rings, picnic tables, camp store, playground, pool, sports courts, yard games, golf, paddle boats, fishing

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What to Do at
Holland State Park

Inside Holland State Park

Millions of visitors come to Holland State Park each year, attracted to the beautiful beachfront and refreshing waters of Lakes Michigan and Macatawa. Visitors enjoy playing on the beach, lounging in the sun, and swimming and boating on the lakes — all in full sight of the historic Big Red Lighthouse. Visitors can also hike wooded dune trails, attend nature programs to learn about the park’s flora and fauna, or use a metal detector to search for buried treasure. 

Here are more details on the park’s most popular activities:

Swimming -  The waters of Lake Michigan and Lake Macatawa are perfect for cooling off in the summer months and each have their own swimming area. Visitors can also relax and sunbathe or enjoy a snack from the concession stand. There’s even a pet-friendly beach on Lake Macatawa where your furry friend can jump in the water! 

Boating and Fishing - ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Head out on the water by renting a paddleboard, canoe, or kayak from the Macatawa Boat House or launch your own boat a mile east of the park. Anglers can enjoy plentiful fishing opportunities at the park. Fish for trout, salmon, and other perch by casting a line from the pier or trying their luck in the open waters.

Hiking and Biking - Explore the park’s wooded dunes and high bluffs by climbing to the top of Mt. Pisgah Dune, a mile-long trail that culminates in breathtaking views of the beach and Big Red Lighthouse. A portion of the Ottawa County trail passes through the park, granting visitors access to over 25 miles of paved trails for biking and walking.

Outside Holland State Park

Outside the park, Holland is a vibrant city that infuses its European heritage with a diversity of cultures and experiences. Holland has several Dutch attractions including a historic windmill, picture-perfect tulips gardens, and the annual Tulip Time Festival. a thriving food scene and boasts many restaurants with an eclectic mix of cuisines. There are also many museums, theaters, and entertainment options, as well as outdoor activities year-round.

Restaurants

Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant

This restaurant features New American fare and waterfront views of the Macatawa River. Try dishes like the New York strip, panko-crusted whitefish, and cheeseburger for an enjoyable meal with unbeatable views.

Type: New American

Location: Holland, MI

The Biscuit

This eatery is known for its down-home cuisine, locally roasted coffee, and friendly waitstaff. Order favorites like their buttermilk pancakes, savory eggs Benedict, and flaky biscuits and gravy for a scrumptious breakfast or lunch.

Type: American

Location: Holland, MI

Mizu Sushi

Known for its extensive list of sushi and sashimi, this Japanese restaurant also serves Thai and Korean cuisine. You won’t go wrong ordering any of their sushi options, although specialties like spicy beef udon, vegetable tempura, and Thai curry are also delicious.

Type: Japanese

Location: Holland, MI

Windmill Restaurant

This diner serves traditional American cuisine for breakfast and lunch in a cozy, inviting atmosphere. Settle into a booth and order specialties like the hash brown omelette, cinnamon buns, home-baked bread.

Type: American

Location: Holland, MI

Sightseeing

Veldheer Tulip Gardens

Started in 1950 from 400 bulbs, these gardens are now filled with millions of tulips as far as the eye can see. Daffodils, hyacinths, and other flowers bloom throughout the year, making this garden a must visit for garden enthusiasts. Admission is $12 per adult.

Location: Holland, MI

Nelis' Dutch Village

This family-friendly theme park celebrates all things Netherlands. Learn about Dutch heritage, have a blast riding the zipline, carousel, and other rides, and dine on authentic Dutch food. Admission is $13 for adults, $11 for children.

Location: Holland, MI

Holland Museum

This museum recounts the fascinating history of Holland since the Dutch arrived in 1847 and features an extensive collection of Dutch artwork and artifacts including paintings, sculptures, costumes, and furniture. Admission is $7 per person.

Location: Holland, MI

Van Raalte Farm Park

Once home to Holland’s founder Rev. Van Raalte, this 160-acre property is now a public park with majestic maple trees, pastures, and woodlands. Tour the historic farmhouse, watch a Civil War reenactment, hike through the woods, or stroll through the tulips in full bloom. 

Location: Holland, MI

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How to Get to
Holland State Park

Holland State Park is located about four miles west of Holland.

From US 31 N, take exit 47B and merge onto Washington Ave. Turn left onto Douglas Ave. Veer right onto Lake St / Lake Michigan Ave to reach the park’s entrance. 

From I-196 West, take exit 55. Turn right onto Byron Rd, then right on 112th Ave, and left on East Lakewood Blvd. Stay straight onto Douglas Ave. Veer right onto Lake St / Lake Michigan Ave to reach the park’s entrance.

Address: Holland State Park, 2215 Ottawa Beach Rd, Holland, MI 49424

Entering Holland State Park

Admission is $11 per vehicle for residents, $9 for non-residents. The park is open every day from 8am until 10pm.

Ready to relax on the shores of Lake Michigan? Then plan a trip to Holland State Park with RVshare! Take us along by tagging us on social media or sending your photos to [email protected]. We might even feature you on our blog or social media! Happy (RV) camping!