Trip Planner:   USA  /  Michigan  /  Allegan County  /  Saugatuck  /  Oval Beach

Oval Beach, Saugatuck

4.5
#2 of 41 in Beaches in Michigan
Must see · Beach · Nature / Park
Create an itinerary including Oval Beach
Nestled among rivers and sand dunes along Lake Michigan, Oval Beach ranks as one of the top beaches in the United States, according to National Geographic Traveler magazine, The Chicago Tribune, and MTV. Mentioned by Conde Nast Traveler among the world's best 25 beaches, the area is also one of the most endangered ecosystems on the planet. You can reserve a guided tour of the site at certain times, and the entire area is open for visitors throughout the year. Swim, hike, and play in the waves, or have a picnic with a barbecue. Showers, restrooms, a playground, and a concession stand make spending the day here easy. Make Oval Beach a centerpiece of your Saugatuck vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Saugatuck holiday planner.
Improve this listing »
Create a full itinerary - for free!

Oval Beach reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
1,084 reviews
Google
4.6
TripAdvisor
  • We paid the $10 to park and left within an hour due to biting swarming black flies. They were bad!!! Tried bug spray but it did not help. It would’ve been great to have been informed when we stopped.....  more
    We paid the $10 to park and left within an hour due to biting swarming black flies. They were bad!!! Tried bug spray but it did not help. It would’ve been great to have been informed when we stopped.....  more »
  • Who needs the ocean. This is one of the most beautiful beaches with crashing waves and amazing sand. 
    Who needs the ocean. This is one of the most beautiful beaches with crashing waves and amazing sand.  more »
  • Brought the grandkids to watch the sunset. Beach is clean no hills to climb. Nice family spot to visit. 
    Brought the grandkids to watch the sunset. Beach is clean no hills to climb. Nice family spot to visit.  more »
Google
  • My Favorite place to relax! Oval Beach is my go to summer destination! Pay an annual fee pay per visit for just 10 dollars! Near to home and always so clean! Even on busy days with lots of people, it's still enjoyable, not too crowded or overwhelming. Hang out on the beach and splash in the water, or take a walk through the beautiful dunes! Take a hike up Mount Baldhead -- if you dare! There are some swings available near the beach in front of restrooms. And while we're in the area, restrooms close at 730 pm so be aware as the time nears. People always are very friendly here! Look out for the guy with the pet duck! They are awesome if you seem them stop em and say hi! Maybe pet the ducky aha! Seriously though, I love this place, lots and lots of beach, sand, and dunes to explore. No Lifegaurd Please stay for at least one sunset this year, you will be glad you did, they are so stunning! Plenty of parking, handicap accessible. Great for all ages.
  • Nice beach on Lake Michigan. Nice place to watch the sunset. Not super busy either. Only downside was that the bathrooms closed at 7pm. Looked like near the bathhouse was concessions and a swing set overlooking the water.
  • Didn't realize that we were so close to such a nice beach! Be careful, the road to this beach is windy and wildlife may be just around the corner. The beach appears to be a great place to watch the sun set as long as there isn't clouds!
  • the $10/day fee was worth it! we came to the beach three times in one day, early afternoon, late afternoon, and evening to watch the sunset. beach was lovely, clean, concessions were okay, but was a beautiful view and the water was refreshing
  • Nice beach with stones. $10 to park for the day. Great place for sunset. Road is 25 mph and is narrow.

Plan your trip to Saugatuck

  • Get a personalized trip
    A full day by day itinerary based on your preferences
  • Customize it
    Refine your trip. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it
    Choose from the best hotels and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it
    Everything in one place. Everyone on the same page.