We are the Friends of Eaton County Parks!

The future of our parks is in the hands of Friends like you!

Supporters have established a friends group for Eaton County Parks. The Friends of Eaton County Parks is a non-profit corporation formed for the purpose of promoting the preservation, maintenance, and advancement and improvement of park and recreational facilities in Eaton County.

The parks we support are the best!

See below for information on Eaton County Parks!

Butler Park

Butler Park is a public boating access to the Battle Creek River. The park is a half-acre park located in Bellevue on Battle Creek Road (old M78).

This location offers a concrete boat ramp, free entry, grills, picnic tables and pets are allowed on leash.

Crandall Park

Crandall Park is a 432 acre parcel that contains a lake at just under 160 acres with depths at 35 feet. This park is an undeveloped natural area with a carry in-carry out policy. The park is great for bird and wildlife watching, walking, running, hiking, catch and release fishing, and canoeing or kayaking.

The park offers free entry, fishing, a restroom facility and pets allowed on leash.

Duane Tirrell Memorial Park

Tirrell Park is a half acre roadside park, which offers picnicking, free entry, pets allowed on leash, and a free-flowing artesian well.

Dyer Kiln Park

The Klin, one of the first limestone kilns in Eaton County, was used for burning limestone in preparation of cement in the late 19th century. This quaint half acre park was purchased by the Park Commission in 1975 and developed by the Bellevue Community as a bicentennial project.

The park offers free entry, grills, picnic areas, and pets are allowed on  leash.

Fitzgerald Park

Migrant Indian tribes led by the famous Chief Okemos called this area "Big Rocks". They came here in early spring to tap the sugar maples. Later, the beauty of the ledges and woods attracted the Grand Ledge Spiritualist Camp Association, which, in 1894, established a summer campground and erected the large pavilion (big red barn), which still stands.

Thousands of spiritualists came here for summer encampments until the turn of the century. In 1919, the property became a public park known as Riverside Park. The park's name was later changed to commemorate Grand Ledge native Governor Frank D. Fitzgerald who died in office in 1939.

The park offers a half basketball court, baseball diamond, cross country skiing, disc golf, fishing, nature trails, pavilions, picnic areas, playground, restrooms and pets are allowed on leash.

Fox Memorial Park

Fox Memorial Park started as an inspiration and land donated by the Paul Fox Family in the late 70’s. This 100 acre park contains a small kidney-shaped lake excellent for swimming, fishing, and ice skating.

The park features two pavilions, bike trails, cross country skiing, fishing, the public observatory, horseshoe pits, nature trails, an open air observatory, picnic areas, picnic shelters, restrooms and swimming.

Keehne Environmental Area

Built on the site of abandoned limestone quarries, this 30 acre nature study area contains two ponds, several nature trails, fishing, and an extensive boardwalk system.

This park features fishing, free entry, grills, nature trails, pavilions, and pets are allowed on leash.

Lincoln Brick Park

Lincoln Brick is a 90 acre variety of habitats from woodlands to open meadows, and over 6000 feet of scenic river frontage.

The park features cross country skiing, fishing, nature trails, prairie areas, picnic shelters, playground area, restrooms and pets are allowed on leash.

Optimist Youth Park

The Charlotte Optimist Youth Park is a 20 acre primitive area and is intended to provide youth groups with all types and ages in the area with access to a four-season natural area for day use or over night camping.

The park features bird watching, field trips, hiking, jogging, and nature studies.

Paul Henry-Thornapple Trail

The 2.56 mile Eaton County Parks section of the Paul Henry-Thornapple trail opened for public use in the summer of 2011 with the completion of the trestle bridge over the Thornapple River. Trail access is availble at the Maple Valley High School, in the overflow parking lot.

The park features bike trails, free entry and pets are allowed on a leash.

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