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Lovely Beach

After Labor Day approached and the first chill occurred, I knew that summer was fleeting and I had... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Tim H
Lansing, Michigan
Best beach around!

Get there early as the parking lot fills up and the beach is covered with sun loving families... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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“lake michigan”(113 reviews)
Lake Michigan Beach, popular for its clear water and nice sand.
Perryman Street, Saugatuck, MI 49453
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After Labor Day approached and the first chill occurred, I knew that summer was fleeting and I had to get to the beach just one final time. This mid-September there was a high 70s/low 80s day on the weekend and my wife, 2 year old,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Tim H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Get there early as the parking lot fills up and the beach is covered with sun loving families, couples, singles and everyone wanting to enjoy beautiful Lake Michigan on the perfect white sand beach. There is a concession stand and bathrooms. You must pay to...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's a busy beach, but there's a reason for that. The water, sand and beach grass are beautiful. There is a fee to enter the park (I think around $8-10).

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed November 6, 2018

Abolutely gorgeous. The water is cool at best and usually cold, but the sand is soft the water is pretty and the dunes are fun. Lots of families. A gem.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Oliviababy2016
Reviewed November 6, 2018

Parking is close to the beach. The water is crystal clear and shallow for a long way out. My teenagers got bored fast because there weren't waves at all when we went. Not sure if it is like that all the time due to the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank MelissaT2949
Reviewed October 21, 2018

Stopped by to see the beach and Lake Michigan this weekend while staying at a B&B in the area. Simply amazing views. Reminds you have small we are. Nature simply at it's very best. Listening to the waves and the crisp, wonderful day with the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank wemjam
Reviewed October 14, 2018

The beach is kind of tucked away from the town but is clean with lots of nice sand. About 5 minutes from the town.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank dianeoh1950
Reviewed October 4, 2018 via mobile

Unfortunately it was a cool and very rainy day on our visit. We sat in the car and watched someone paddle boarding which was very cool! The waves were incredible. The sand was clean and there appeared to be plenty of parking available. We did...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed September 24, 2018 via mobile

Loved our time at oval beach. Easy access and nice parking lot (paved) The sand is clean and we saw to volunteer groups come through picking up debris to help keep it clean and enjoyable. There are washrooms and showers very close to the beach...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank vince c
Reviewed September 22, 2018 via mobile

Lake Michigan is beautiful and the rolling waves are so soothing and with the blue skies nothing better than to walk the beach

Date of experience: September 2018
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Kris G
January 15, 2019|
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Response from jahendricker | Reviewed this property |
No, there is not. You need to supply your own. They do have a little concessions stand there now, but no beach rentals. There are a few places in town, I believe, that may rent those?
Bonnie M
August 11, 2018|
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Response from Shel S | Reviewed this property |
Yes, shower stall also available.
August 10, 2018|
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Response from HookedonLV | Reviewed this property |
Mill Pond Realty offers vacation rentals. Check out their website and view the vacation rentals. We have dealt with them and they are very friendly and extremely helpful. Best vacation rental agency in the area.
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Hi, Jim, and welcome to the forums. I'm sure others considerign a visit will be happy to hear about your experience at the Library, but forum posts tend to get lost in the shuffle as time goes on. You may want to post an actual review here - tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g55711-d41… - so that it can be easily seen by others.
Siesta Key, Florida
Walk to beach? (2 Replies)
Hi. We are staying in Saugatuck this weekend on Water St. and we were wondering if we have to drive to Oval Beach from Saugatuck or is there possibly a ferry and path to the beach? I looked at Mapquest and it doesn't look like a long walk as long as there is a ferry to get across the river. Also, are there any nice jogging paths close to Water St./Butler St.? And finally, any recommendations for renting waverunners or small boats? Thanks in advance for all your help!
July 16, 2009|
Response fromMIGregg|
The Chain Ferry will take you across the Kalamazoo for $1 per person. It is a hand-cranked ferry (the oldest running in the country) and takes you across in about 5-6 minutes. The hours are 11am-8pm M-F and 9am-9pm Sat & Sun. Once across the Kalamazoo, you can follow the 2 lane road in and walk there in about 20 minutes or you can climb the 282 stairs on Mt. Baldy and go down the back of the dunes. Either way is a fun way to get there. As for jogging paths in town, I would have to say...More
Oval beach (2 Replies)
We are coming to Saugatuck for the first time with our 2 sons, 3 and 6 yr old, next month. We plan to go to Oval Beach. I have found some general information online, such as fee for parking, but can't find what is ok to bring on the beach. Are there any restrictions? Ok to bring own umbrella, chairs, etc? Can we bring our own cooler and food, assuming no glass bottles but otherwise anything else ok? I see there is a concession stand, does this have just snacks or actually food, like hotdogs,...More
June 04, 2015|
Response fromLakeffect|
No restrictions on what you can bring. I think concession stand has hot dogs. Parking is right by the beach. Enjoy our beach, it's.a beautiful spot.