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Oval Beach

Saugatuck, MI
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Ranked #1 of 11 attractions in Saugatuck
Type: Beaches
Activities: Sunbathing, Watching sunrise/sunset
Description: Lake Michigan Beach, popular for its clear water and nice sand.
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Douglas, Michigan
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

This beach is incredible. I have friends with private beaches, but I still love coming to the Oval. I have not purchased my yearly pass yet, but I still have no problem paying the $6 to enter, even at sunset. Beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Midland, Texas, United States
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We were so pleasantly surprised by how nice this beach was! It is $6 per car to park, and there is ample parking. The beach is extremely clean and the sand is really amazing. The only complaint I have is that the water is freezing, but that's pretty typical of Lake Michigan!

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Burlington, Kentucky
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We generally head south to find water, however over the July 4th weekend decided to get in the car and just drive north. We ended up in Saugatuck and spent a day at Oval Beach and a day at the Saugatuck Dunes State Park Beach. Oval Beach was closer to a gulf coast beach than we thought it would be... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I was amazed at how long Oval Beach is. The beach is very clean and huge for being a beach on Lake Michigan. You need to drive up a slight winding road. Parking is $6 which goes to the state of Michigan to keep their beaches clean. People were walking up the hill but it is at least a mile... More

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Oslo, Norway
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179 reviews 179 reviews
44 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The beach is beautifull, windy, fresh, big etc. It like at the ocean except it's fresh water... There are restrooms, a small shop etc. Bring cash. Parking lot can get full. The road from the Chain ferry is not nice to walk so use the shuttle service if possible.

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Lemont, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

A perfect spot, kind of secluded, clean, not too crowded. Only regret was not catching a sunset here.

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Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Great beach with tons of parking. It was nice to relax and watch the boats go by. Douglas beach is cool too. Just very small.

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St. Louis, MO
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This beach was so beautiful and clean. I would recommend for anyone wanting a peaceful visit. There are nice restroom facilities for the kids. Wonderful!

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Toledo, Ohio
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Beautiful beach, very clean, lots of parking & a nice concession stand. Also nearby dunes trail that was amazing.

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Farmington Hills, Michigan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This is an award winning beach and I am inclined to say that it certainly is nice. But I would not consider it appreciably better than the state beaches in Holland or Grand Haven and those two places have lighthouses to check out. Definitely nice, though.

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