“explore one of the best shorelines in the world”
Saugatuck and Douglas are Michigan's premiere beach towns. Our beaches are nestled among towering sand dunes and bordered by the winding Kalamazoo River on its way to Lake Michigan. Activities abound on the two waterways. Both towns maintain public beaches on Lake Michigan for swimmers and sunbathers. Saugatuck's Oval Beach has been rated by Conde Naste's Traveler Magazine as one of the 25 best shorelines in the world. MTV has ranked Oval Beach as one of the top five beaches in the country. Oval Beach Park and Saugatuck Harbor Natural Area are open year 'round. During summer season (Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend) Beach and Natural Area are open 9am -10pm daily parking fee $6 (9am-9pm). $40 season permit.
It cost $10 per car load. We got there near sunset and didn't want to pay for just a few minutes. The young guy working the booth was very friendly and let us turn around without paying. I even got a shot of the lake. Looks like a nice place if you could spend more of the day there. There are nice free beaches though to visit also.
Awesome stop on our road trip! The only cost was $8 for parking. The beach was smooth and sandy, not rocky and not crowded! Visited mid August, weather read upper 70s, but it felt much warmer and the cool water was perfect. Not too cold at all and very clean!
There was a concession stand and bathrooms/changing rooms, but no showers.
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