Kouw Park is 3.7 acres and is situated upon 200 feet of shoreline on Lake Michigan. Located at the end of Van Buren Street in Port Sheldon Township, Michigan, it offers picnic areas, a playground, restrooms, and parking.
Often considered a hidden gem, Kouw Park is most times very private, as it’s off the road a bit. It provides easy access to Lake Michigan, via a shade-covered boardwalk leading down to the shoreline. The beach itself is somewhat shrubby and covered in tall grasses. Trails down to the water have been made in the sand. From the shore, visitors can glimpse beautiful sunrises and sunsets, as well as departing and arriving ships.
Beyond the amenities, activities include swimming and geocaching. The beach is particularly well-suited for families looking for some seclusion and a non-hectic atmosphere.
There are no fees associated with the park and beach.
Restrictions at Kouw Park are relatively lenient. Even so, follow good judgment when bringing your dog to any park or beach. Respect the other park visitors and beachgoers by keeping your dog on a leash and do not allow them to approach other people, children, or dogs unless given prior permission. Never leave your dog unattended and bring the necessary supplies with you to clean up after them.
For your dog’s safety, bring a portable water bowl and extra water bottle, as well as pet booties during hot weather (as sand can be just as harmful to your dog as pavement during extreme heat). Keep a pet first aid kit in your car, in the event of injury during any beach or hiking excursion.
Additionally, make sure you have proof of your dog’s rabies inoculation and all other vaccines. Likewise, be sure your dog is up to date on all medications necessary for outdoor adventures, such as heartworm medication and preventions against fleas, ticks, and other pests.