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Oval Beach, Saugatuck, MI

Oval Beach Saugatuck MI
Spent a lovely afternoon at Saugatuck’s popular and picturesque Oval Beach.

The beach was clean and pretty and relatively narrow, which I liked. Trudging through a wide expanse of thick, hot sand to get from the parking lot to the water’s edge is not one of my fave activities – not an issue at Oval Beach.

Oval Beach SaugatuckWhile on the small side, Oval Beach offers a variety of amenities. There is a pavilion with a bathroom, showers and changing facilities. The snack bar sells concession stand faves like hot dogs, cold drinks and ice cream, as well as beach toys. Tables and grills are situated on a hill above the beach, affording picnickers a fabulous view of Lake Michigan, and there’s a swing set for the little ones.

If you’re driving, there’s a parking fee – please follow the link below for more information. Oval Beach is operated by the city of Saugatuck, so Michigan state park passes do not apply.

Oval Beach

Muskegon Beaches

Muskegon lighthouse
Muskegon offers a selection of beautiful Lake Michigan beaches, boasting both state park and city beaches, including one of Michigan’s few nationally certified clean beaches,Pere Marquette Beach.

Pere Marquette Park Beach
Not only does Pere Marquette Park have what is considered by many to be Muskegon’s finest beach, but it’s free to enter. As you might expect, this can lead to crowds on weekends, so get there early. Pere Marquette offers picnic tables and grills, a snack bar, playground and a 200-foot walkway down to the beach, so you don’t have to slog through thick sand in order to arrive at the water’s edge. Then there’s that great view of Muskegon’s picturesque red lighthouse. Pere Marquette hosts a number of events throughout the summer months, including a popular family “movie on the beach,” held once a month, please check the Visit Muskegon events calendar for more information about this and other beach events.

Pere Marquette Beach

Hoffmaster Park DunesP.J. Hoffmaster State Park Beach
Located south of town, P.J. Hoffmaster State Park features three miles of beach along Lake Michigan. Visitors can hike along the dunes and check out the view from the observation platform, or pop into the visitor’s center to learn about the plants and critters that call the park home. There’s concessions, a beach house, picnic facilities and a campground.

P.J. Hoffmaster State Park

Muskegon State Park Beach
This little gem of a park boasts miles of shoreline along Lake Michigan and Muskegon Lake, camping and one of the few public luge runs in the country. The Lake Michigan beach offers a beach house, great views of Muskegon’s lighthouse and there’s a picnic shelter and boat launch along Muskegon Lake. The park offers a choice of two campgrounds: a 105 site space along Lake Michigan or 139 sites on Muskegon Lake. If you’re a thrill seeker, check out the winter sports compound located at the north end of the park, which offers a luge run in winter and a wheeled luge run in summer.

Muskegon State Park

Kruse Dog Beach Muskegon
Norman F. Kruse Park Beach & Dog Beach

Norman Kruse Beach is a small, picturesque beach on Lake Michigan, with a separate dog beach for your favorite four-legged friend.

Kruse Park

Smaller Grand Haven Area Lake Michigan Beaches

While the Grand Haven State Park beach is by far the biggest and busiest beach in the Grand Haven area, there are other options. These beaches tend to be quieter than the State Park and are popular with families and seniors.

City Beach – This beach is adjacent to the Grand Haven State Park Beach. In fact, they look like one big beach. The parking lot is free, but fills up quickly so get there early in the day. Many find that the walkway down to the beach makes for a more pleasant experience slogging through hot, shifting sand. City beach has bathroom facilities, and the snack bar and pavilion at Grand Haven State Park is just a short walk away.

South Harbor Drive
Grand Haven, MI 49417

Kirk Park – Located south of Grand Haven along Lakeshore Drive, Kirk Park offers a beautiful beach, picnic shelters, grills, bathroom facilities and vending machines. Take a short walk along a wooded path and emerge at the top of a sand dune with the shining Lake Michigan waters stretching out before you. There is a parking charge.

9771 Lakeshore Avenue North
West Olive, MI 49460
http://www.miottawa.org/ParksVI/Parks/kirk.htm

North Beach – This Grand Haven area beach is found north of the US 31 drawbridge in Ferrysburg. It offers picnic tables and grills, vending machines, playground and bathroom facilities. There is a parking charge.

Directions: Located on Lake Michigan in the City of Ferrysburg approximately 2 miles north of the Grand Haven pier. From US 31, take the Ferrysburg exit and go west on 3rd Street to North Shore Drive. Turn west on North Shore Drive and travel about 2 miles to the park entrance.
http://www.miottawa.org/ParksVI/Parks/northbeach.htm

Rosy Mound Beach – Guests arrive at this Grand Haven beach after half an hour of hiking through woods, up and down dunes and staircases. It’s a pretty beach, but not a good choice if you’re lugging a packed cooler, two beach chairs, a few sand pails and floaties. There is a parking charge.

13925 Lakeshore Drive
Grand Haven, Michigan 49417
http://www.miottawa.org/ParksVI/Parks/rosymound.htm

Buchanan Beach – Townie beach. Tiny, no facilities, parking is along the side of the road, but hey, it’s free. This is a good option when the other beaches are full.

Directions: Take US 31 south of Grand Haven to Buchanan St. Head west on Buchanan St. until it dead ends at the beach.

Spring Lake Public Beach – This beach is not on Lake Michigan, but rather Spring Lake. Read more about it here.