Great Outdoors

The Saugatuck/Douglas area is a natural playground for outdoor adventure. Our rolling dunes, Lake Michigan beaches, winding waterways, and network of trails get you up close & personal with nature, rewarding you with Instagram-worthy views and bragging rights around every corner.

Whatever your ambitions and fitness level may be, we have the perfect starting point for your outdoor fun:

Take a Dip
With six beaches to choose from, it’s easy to wade along the sandy shore or splash right in. Swimming in Lake Michigan is loads of fun, and it’s always 100% salt- and shark-free. Have fun jumping up and down in the waves or riding them back to the shore.
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Climb Aboard
Natural wetlands, an inland harbor, and Lake Michigan give you miles of waterways to explore. Don’t have a boat? No worries, you can rent whatever watercraft matches your mood. Take a quiet paddle past swans’ nests, zip around the harbor on jet skis or vintage boats, load up a pontoon for sightseeing, or unfurl your sails and glide into the sunset.
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Cast Away
Healthy populations of trout, walleye, salmon, and steelhead make this area an angler’s paradise. You can fish from shore at Willow Park or on the jetty, motor out to the Kalamazoo River, or book a charter expedition on the river or in Lake Michigan. Bring your own boat and gear or rent it here and see what’s biting now.
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Hit the Trails
Ready to burn some calories? Our miles of trails let you choose the length and intensity of your adventure. Explore the gently rolling dunes and shoreline at Saugatuck Harbor Natural Area, wander the sandy forest paths of Saugatuck State Park, or feel the burn with a steep climb up and down Mt. Baldhead.
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Spin Your Wheels
You can also rent bikes (or bring your own) to tour the town and lakeshore. Take off on the paved trail between Saugatuck and Holland, or follow the paved path along the Blue Star Highway for views of Lake Kalamazoo and the lighthouse.
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Let It Snow
Winter’s more fun when you get out and play in the snow. Once the ground turns white, you can rent snowshoes or cross-country skis to leave tracks in the state park, or head along the shore to marvel at the frozen waves and mini-icebergs. When your toes get cold, you’re never far away from a hot meal and a seat by the fire.
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