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.

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, 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. Larger groups of up to 24 passengers will appreciate a private charter with TFD Adventure Co. on their catamaran pontoon boat that features a host of amenities. For those looking for a more active way to take in the water, kayaks and paddle boards can be rented from Third Coast Surf Shop, no experience necessary. Explore the natural beauty of the area and wildlife with sightings of bald eagles, foxes, and river otters while kayaking along the lower Kalamazoo.

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