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Test the Waters



From the Kalamazoo River to the Saugatuck harbor and Lake Michigan, there are so many ways to experience the water in the Saugatuck/Douglas area. Here are our top picks for the most interesting ways to explore our unsalted waves.

Experience the scenic Kalamazoo River and the expansive, fresh waters of breathtaking Lake Michigan on Schooner Serenity, Saugatuck’s only authentic Tall Ship. Or consider taking a ride on the Star of Saugatuck, a 51-ton doubledecker paddlewheel boat which traverses the Kalamazoo River into Lake Michigan, giving you a leisurely view of the town, harbor, and scenic natural areas.

For those looking for a more active way to take in the water, consider a HydroBike adventure down the Kalamazoo River through the picturesque and peaceful Allegan Forest where you can encounter bald eagles and river otters. Families or groups may want to consider renting a Donut Boat, a fun and dog-friendly way to explore the harbor on your own. Or take the party to the water with a West Michigan Cycleboat where groups of up to 12 people provide pedal power and enjoy beverages while a staff member steers them along the Kalamazoo River. Finally, embrace a bygone era by renting a classic runabout Retro Boat from the late 50s and early 60s for a more nostalgic method of exploring Saugatuck’s waterways.


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