Saugatuck/Douglas Summer

 

Tourist Information:

Information Booth: Corner of Butler and Culver streets, Saugatuck.
For current week­end lodging information, call 1-269 857-1701, after 5 p.m. 1 (888)-345-7025.
The Commercial Record’s 2014 Visitors’ Guide is available free of charge at the Information Booth and has a complete listing of area shops, eateries and events, many with live Web links. www.thecommercialrecord.com
Saugatuck-Douglas Convention & Visitors Bureau, 95 Blue Star Highway, Douglas. Open 9-5 Monday through Friday. 857-1701. www.saugatuck.com
Interurban Door to door bus service $1, 50 cents for seniors and children under 12. (269) 857-1418. June hours M-F 7-7 p.m., Saturdays 9-7 p.m., Sundays 9-4 p.m.

Beaches and Parks:

Saugatuck Oval Beach on Lake Michigan. Take Blue Star Hwy. to traffic light in Douglas, west on Center Street, right on Ferry Street to Oval Beach Road. Daily. 9 a.m.- 10 p.m. $6 per car; season pass $40. Concession stand.
Schulz Park, Douglas. Volleyball, picnic, softball, tennis, playground facilities and boat launch. Wade’s Bayou on Center Street has a waterfront picnic area and a covered gazebo in the park setting.
Allegan County West Side Park on Lake Mich­igan, five miles south of Saugatuck-Douglas. Take Blue Star Highway, A-2, south to M-89, west to Lake Shore Drive, south to park. $5 per day, $25 season pass. Pier Cove beach is  just before the county park.
Sau­gatuck Dunes State Park, Laketown Town­ship. Take Blue Star Highway, A-2, north of Sauga­tuck, left on 64th Street, left on 138th Avenue to park signs. Daily charge per car or state sticker. Hiking through wooded dunes to beach area.
Douglas Beach, Center Street to Lake Michigan, right on Lakeshore Drive.
Saugatuck Township:  Sunset Park is on South Lakeshore Drive, at Exit 34, south of the washout. Riverbluff Park is off Old Allegan Road, east of Blue Star Highway, and features walking trails down to the Kalamazoo River.
Cook Park, Willow Park, Wick's Park, Village Green Square Park and Coghlin Park, all in downtown Saugatuck, have various recreational facilities. Look for picnic tables and viewing areas for the fireworks.
Beery Park in downtown Douglas, playground, ball field.
Tails ‘n’ Trails Dog Park at Gleason Road and 134th Avenue, west of 63rd Street between Blue Star Highway and Old Allegan Road. Call Saugatuck Township. (269) 857-7721. Free.

Places To See:

 Mt. Bald­head. Count the steps to the summit of the highest sand dune in the area. On Park Street, west side of Kalamazoo River, Saugatuck. View of Saugatuck, Douglas and Lake Michigan.
Peterson’s Mill, Holland Street, Saugatuck.
Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Museum, on the river at Mt. Baldhead Park. Open Memorial Day through October.  Free admission and parking.

Art and Antiques:

There are numerous art galleries and antique shops in and around Saugatuck. See The Commercial Record’s  2014 Saugatuck-Douglas Visitors’ Guide, available free of charge at the Saugatuck information booth, for complete details. www.thecommercialrecord.com

Public  Restrooms:

Village Square Park, Butler Street and Wick's Park on Water Street;  Oval Beach Beachhouse;  Mount Bald­head; all in Saugatuck.
Beery Field on Center Street and Schultz Park have full restroom facilities, portable facilities are available at Veterans Park and Wade’s Bayou.
Launching  Ramps:

Saugatuck: Spear Street boat launch. Fee: $7, 24 feet limit. Limited area for boat trailer parking. Annual pass for Saugatuck residents $20.
Schultz Park, Douglas:  Fee: $7. Union Street Boat Ramp: End of Union Street just off Blue Star Highway in Douglas. Fees: $7, $50 season pass (non-resident).  

Boats:

Saugatuck Chain Ferry. Trips across Kal­a­mazoo River. Foot of Mary Street, Sau­gatuck. Memorial Day weekend 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. First two weeks in June: Week days 12-6, weekends 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Then, 7 days/week 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. through Labor Day. $1 each way.
Charters. Num­erous captains can schedule fishing and sailing trips on Lake Michigan. Available at most marinas. For a complete listing, see The Commercial Record’s 2014 Saugatuck-Douglas Visitors’ Guide available free of charge at the Saugatuck information booth. www.thecom mercialrecord.com

Entertainment:

Chamber Music Festival. (269) 857-1424. Performances in July and August. www.saugatuckmusic.org.
Saugatuck-Douglas District Library, 10 Mixer St., Douglas. Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Sun., 1-4 p.m. Free  films shown throughout the summer at 7 p.m. visit www.sdlibrary.org.
There are walking tours of Douglas. Check with the city hall for more information and maps.
Guided Dune Walks at Saugatuck Harbor Natural Area, Saturdays, Call (269) 857-2603 for times. Rain or shine. An introduction to the natural and cultural history of the dunelands. Free admission. Parking, $6. Meets at the entrance of Oval Beach parking lot.
Douglas Socials and Historical Trolley Tours June 26, July 10, 24, August 7, 21 5:30-9 p.m. tours 5:30-8 p.m.

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3217 Blue Star Hwy.
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Saugatuck, MI 49453
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