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Oval Beach, Saugatuck

(4.6/5 based on 650+ reviews on the web)
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. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Saugatuck holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Oval Beach and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • It was a beautiful spring day with temps in the upper 60's on the lakeshore. The beach was not crowded at all, but that's probably because the water was frightfully cold! The water temp is in the uppe...  more »
  • This is one of America's more beautiful beaches. Do your trip even better by climbing to the top of Mount Baldy.  more »
  • Oval Beach lives up to the hype. The beach is gorgeous, the staff is friendly and service focused, and the concession stand has a great variety of healthy and indulgent items to choose from for snacks...  more »
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  • This is a pretty nice beach. The water was too cold to get in but our 6 year old had a great time playing with the sand. We forgot his sun tan lotion but they have a little store that we bought one for $5.
  • We had great fun here with our youth group. Aside from the color you wouldn't know it wasn't the ocean!!! So much fun. Clean beach space, lots of sandy beach, great little snack shop. If any drawbacks it was the nasty bathrooms, but two minutes out of three hours doesn't take away a star.
  • Very nice clean beach, no steps to beach or water. Nice restrooms, small food stand. $8 per day or $40 per year pass.
  • Beautiful beach. Stairs directly to the beach which is so helpful. Very gorgeous and quiet at sunset.
  • Nice lake beach, fairly clean, lots of kids.