Saugatuck Dunes State Park
|Saugatuck Dunes State Park|
Shoreline and a large wooded sand dune.
|Location||Laketown Township, Allegan County, Michigan, USA|
|Nearest city||Saugatuck, Michigan|
|Area||1,120 acres (4.5 km²)|
|Governing body||Michigan Department of Natural Resources|
This day-use park features 14 mi (23 km) of hiking trails (some considered difficult) through scenic, stabilized and wooded sand dunes. It also has two miles (3 km) of Lake Michigan beachfront, located a mile (1.6 km) from the parking lot and requiring a semi-strenuous walk to get there. A picnic area is present, but no camping is allowed. A state park permit is required for entry.
Near this park is the state-owned Felt Mansion, which was built by inventor of the comptometer, Dorr E. Felt, in 1928. This was the Felt family's summer home until 1949, when it was sold to the St. Augustine Seminary and used as housing for young students, and later on, for cloistered nuns. In the 1970s, this building was purchased by the state of Michigan and was used as a state police post, with nearby buildings serving as a prison. The whole mansion is undergoing a restoration project.
- Saugatuck Dunes State Park Michigan Department of Natural Resources
- Saugatuck Dunes State Park Protected Planet (World Database on Protected Areas)
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