Saugatuck Harbor Natural Area


Rating: 3 out of 5.

Length:  2.9 mi. (about 110 min. loop)

Surface: Mostly sand with brush and some dune-climbing

Terrain: Mostly flat (74 ft. of gain /
average grade of 1%, and 9% max.)

Markers: brown posts with a hiker icon

Dogs allowed? Only on the beach, leashed

Trailhead: Oval Beach parking lot – north end

Maps: printable / Hiking Project

Description: The area encompasses 173 acres of dunes, forest, and wetlands. It’s bordered by Lake Michigan, the Kalamazoo River, and a woodland area of jack pines, black pines, birch, and poplars. Near the beginning, the trail comes to private land. Respect the posted signs and walk at the edge of the lake until you pass this area. Halfway up the beach, take the trail that heads east. Some of the markers are hard to see.

Trail Management: City of Saugatuck/Land Conservancy of West Michigan