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Saugatuck Dunes State Park, once a prison and a seminary, supports endangered plant species amid coastal dunes.
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Saugatuck Dunes State Park, once a prison and a seminary, supports endangered plant species amid coastal dunes.
Description - The land for Saugatuck Dunes State Park was acquired in 1971 from the Augustinian Order, who once used the buildings as a prison and a seminary. Encompassing nearly 900 acres along the Lake Michigan waterfront containing a coastal dune system that supports endangered plant species while permitting low-impact recreation.

Attractions - Saugatuck Dunes State Park is a day use park. The park's major attractions are the swimming beach and the 300-acre natural area. Nature enthusiasts, bird watchers, and hikers are the predominant day users. There are picnic tables, grills, and a shelter. Overnight camping is not offered. Winding throughout the park, Saugatuck Dunes has 13 miles of sandy hiking trails that are groomed and tracked during the snowy months affording cross-country skiing. Boaters and anglers can take advantage of the proximity of Lake Michigan's shoreline. The nearby Saugatuck community, nicknamed "The Art Coast of Michigan," has plenty of restaurants, shops, art galleries, motels, cottages, and bed-and-breakfasts.

Recreation - Day use recreations center on beach activities including swimming and sunbathing, miles of hiking and cross-country trails, picnicking and shoreline fishing.

Climate - West Coast Michigan experiences pleasant summers with temperatures averaging 70 degrees F (21 degrees C). In winter, temperatures plunge to 22 degrees F (-6 degrees C). Lake winds have dramatic affect on wind chill factors. Yearly precipitation averages 40 inches and above.

Location - The park is located just north of Saugatuck. Take BR-31 to 65th Street and go north to 138th Avenue. Go west to the park.

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Filed By: Kassandra (Allegan, MI)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: this is a wonderful place to go the walk to the beach is so beautiful my 2 kids love it they can run and when they make it to the beach the view from the top is so pretty.. it is a ways back but it is so worth it once your there...

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Contact Information:
Saugatuck Dunes State Park, 2215 Ottawa Beach Rd. , Holland, MI, 49424-2344, Phone: 616-637-2788, TTY: 517-335-4623

Additional Information:
Michigan State Parks and Forests - Everything that makes Michigan special is embodied in the 96 State Parks. Boasting sterling recreation, Michigan State Parks and Forests invite you to enjoy one of their 14,000 campsites, 170 winter-sport areas and infinite rivers, streams, and lakes.
West Coast - Engulfing the eastern shores of Lake Michigan the West Coast Travel Region is a Mecca of coastal towns and parks providing access to world-class freshwater fishing.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Official agency website.


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