Saugatuck Dunes State Park

Saugatuck Dunes State Park
Water and Covered Dune, Looking North, Saugatuck Dunes State Park, Michigan.jpg
Shoreline and a large wooded sand dune.
Location in Michigan
Location Laketown Township, Allegan County, Michigan, USA
Nearest city Saugatuck, Michigan
Coordinates 42°42′12″N 86°11′59″W  /  42.70333°N 86.19972°W  / 42.70333; -86.19972 Coordinates: 42°42′12″N86°11′59″W / 42.70333°N 86.19972°W / 42.70333; -86.19972 [2]
Area 1,000 acres (4.0 km2)
Elevation 669 feet (204 m) [2]
Designation Michigan State Park
Established 1977[3]
Administrator Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Website Saugatuck Dunes State Park

Saugatuck Dunes State Park is a public recreation area covering 1,000 acres (400 ha) on the shore of Lake Michigan between Saugatuck and Holland in Allegan County, Michigan.[4]

History [ edit ]

The site was once part of the estate of inventor Dorr E. Felt, whose summer home, the Felt Mansion, is an in-holding within the state park[5] that is undergoing restoration.[6] Built by the inventor of the comptometer in 1928, the Felt's summer home was sold to the St. Augustine Seminary in 1949 and used as housing for young students, and later on, for cloistered nuns. In the 1970s, the building was purchased by the state of Michigan and used as a state police post, with nearby buildings serving as a prison. The state completed purchasing the site for state park purposes in 1978.[5]

Activities and amenities [ edit ]

The largely undeveloped state park features 14 miles (23 km) of hiking trails, 200-foot-high (61 m) sand dunes covered with trees and grass, and 2.5 miles (4.0 km) of beachfront located two-thirds of a mile from the picnic parking area.[4]

References [ edit ]

  1. ^ "Saugatuck Dunes State Park". Protected Planet. IUCN. Retrieved March 26, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Saugatuck Dunes State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  3. ^ "When were Michigan state parks and recreation areas established?"(PDF). Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved March 26, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Saugatuck Dunes State Park". Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Saugatuck Dunes State Park General Management Plan"(PDF). Michigan Department of Natural Resources. March 29, 2010. pp. 5, 12. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
  6. ^ "Restoration". The Felt Estate. Retrieved March 26, 2020.

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