Rocky Gap County Park


Overlooking Lake Michigan from a bluff in Benton Township, Rocky Gap County Park provides a wonderful place to enjoy the Lake Michigan shoreline.  Rocky Gap County Park has 1,100 feet of Lake Michigan frontage.  It is an ideal location to take a relaxed lunch break, cool off with a quick swim, and enjoy a sunset.  The lower park provides easy access to the sandy beaches, and the upper park presents spectacular panoramic views from the Lake Michigan Overlook Deck.

Rocky Gap County Park

Park Hours

Park Open: April - October
Park Hours: Approx 8 am to dusk, daily


No fee to park.


Patrons must park in marked parking spots only, inside the parking lot. Do not park on the grass, on the road, or in "no parking" zones. Signs are posted. Vehicles will be ticketed or towed if illegally or unsafely parked. There is a lower (bottom of hill) and upper (top of hill) parking lot. The upper parking lot is periodically unavailable to beach goers when the Overlook Deck is rented out - at which times signs will be clearly posted. If you arrive at the Park, and there is no parking available, you are strongly encouraged to visit any of the other incredible beaches Southwest Michigan has to offer. Click HERE for a list of other local beaches.  

Lower Park Amenities

  • Parking Lot
  • Vault Restrooms
  • Picnic Shade Shelter
  • 2 Picnic Tables
  • Benches
  • Hard Surface Beach Access Ramp

Upper Park Amenities

Restroom Facilities

Vault restroom facilities are located in the lower portion of the park and are open late Spring to early Fall. There are no facilities with running water at this park.

rental facility

The Lake Michigan Overlook Deck in the upper portion of Rocky Gap is available to rent for your next event or gathering.  

Park Rules

These rules are put in place to protect beach patrons. Please respect the rules and have an enjoyable and safe time at this County Park.

  • Alcohol is prohibited at all Berrien County Parks locations.
  • There are no pets or dogs allowed on the beach.
  • Glass is prohibited at this park.
  • Portable grills are not allowed.
  • Parking is allowed in designated spaces or areas only. Vehicles parked in no parking zones or areas may be fined and/or towed at owner's expense.

 Rules Ordinance (PDF)

dune erosion control efforts

There is severe erosion occurring along the dune at Rocky Gap County Park. Use the ramp provided at the north end of the Lower Park to access the beach and the parking lot. Do not climb or tread on the dune. Motorized vehicles are prohibited on the access ramp to the beach. 

Dunes Restoration in Progress Sign 


  1. Rocky Gap County Park

    Physical Address
    1100 Rocky Gap Road
    Benton Harbor, MI 49022


    Phone: 269-983-7111 x8435