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Saugatuck Dunes State Park
IUCN Category III (Natural Monument)
Water and Covered Dune, Looking North, Saugatuck Dunes State Park, Michigan.jpg
Shoreline and a large wooded sand dune.
Location Laketown Township, Allegan County, Michigan, USA
Nearest city Saugatuck, Michigan
Area 1,000 acres (4.0 km2)
Elevation 669 feet (204 m)
Designation Michigan State Park
Established 1977
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.

History

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 that is undergoing restoration. 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.

Activities and amenities

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.

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