Johnson Park follows the shore of the Grand River for nearly 1.5 miles, offering ample opportunities for fishing, picnicking, biking and ball games. With easy access from I-196, the park also features an historic enclosed shelter available for rent, a popular disc golf course, and a scenic hike through wooded uplands. A segment of Kent Trails also passes through, connecting Johnson Park to the Millennium Park trail network.
2600 Wilson Ave
Walker, MI 49534
May 1 – October 31
7am to Sunset
Picnics & Group Events
Johnson Park offers four picnic areas, an open picnic shelter, and an enclosed shelterhouse for group events. The picnic areas and the open shelter generally accommodate up to 120 people each, with 15 picnic tables. The open shelter includes a double grill while each picnic area has a single grill.
Baseball & Softball
Johnson Park offers two baseball diamonds, one near the open picnic shelter and the other at the south end of the park. Restrooms are available near each ball diamond.
A paved multi-use trail runs the length of park, adjacent to Butterworth Drive. At the north end of the park, this trail connects to the Fred Meijer Millennium Park Trail Network which includes nearly 20 additional miles of paved and natural-surfaced trails. Through Millennium Park, the trail also links to Kent Trails which crosses the Grand River on a refurbished trestle bridge and runs south to 84th St. in Byron Center. Trail users also can cross the Grand River at 28th St, creating a loop route of nearly 7 miles by heading north along Indian Mounds Drive to the Kent Trails bridge and returning through Millennium Park.
Two boat launches for the Grand River are available off Veterans’ Memorial Drive, between Butterworth Drive and Riverbend Drive.
With almost 1.5 miles of frontage on the Grand River, Johnson Park is an ideal spot for a relaxing day of fishing.
The park has two playground structures, one near the open shelter and the other near the B picnic areas.
In the wooded hills above the main park, visitors will discover a 1.6 mile meandering paved pathway. Formerly a road, the scenic trail is now a multi-use trail offering an easy way to explore and enjoy the forest.
The popular sledding hill at Johnson Park is located near the C1 picnic area, off the park’s main parking lot on Butterworth Drive.
About Johnson Park
Johnson Park is divided into two large areas. The main portion in the south, between Butterworth Dr and Wilson Ave, is the most developed, with picnic areas, an open shelter, the historic shelterhouse, ball diamonds, playgrounds and a winter sledding hill. Fishing along the river itself is also popular in this area. This region also includes rolling wooded hills with a scenic paved trail. Farther along Butterworth Dr, the north area of the park is hillier, featuring a disc golf course, and river access for boat launching and fishing.