Laurel Creek, Pinehurst Lake and Shade's Mills parks offer formal winter programs. Winter programming is subject to change, based on weather conditions. Also, parks and/or trails may close from time to time during the operating season, sometimes without notice for safety reasons following a storm, or due to a special event.
Learn more about cross-country skiing and snowshoeing including park fees, hours of operation, rentals and how to access information about current conditions.
An ice fishing program is offered at Pinehurst Lake and Shade's Mills parks, depending on conditions. Conditions are monitored daily to ensure the ice thickness meets safety requirements. When the ice is too thin, the program is suspended until it is safe to resume.
Update: As of February 10, 2017, Belwood Lake Park is also offering the program. It was not expected that ice fishing would be offered at Belwood during the winter of 2016-2017, as the water level in the reservoir was low due to the dry weather since spring and to protect the health of the in-reservoir fish population. The reservoir has now stabilized at its normal winter holding level, and the ice is safe. Conditions are monitored daily to ensure the ice thickness meets safety requirements. When the ice is too thin, the program is suspended until it is safe to resume.
Learn more about ice fishing including park fees, hours and how to access information about current conditions.
The following parks are open during the winter months, even when trail and ice fishing conditions aren't suitable for formal winter programs: Shade's Mills, Pinehurst Lake, Laurel Creek, Belwood Lake and Rockwood. For your safety, please heed trail condition postings.
Services at some parks during the winter months are limited, and may include a parking lot, garbage containers and information signs.
All other Grand River Parks remain closed for the winter season, and are generally open from late April to mid-October.