20 Plus Ways To Get Back Out On The Water In Saugatuck Michigan This Summer

Posted on: April 27, 2019   |   Posted in: Outdoor Adventure, Things To Do In Saugatuck

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Your Ultimate Summer Water Adventures Are Here In Saugatuck, Michigan

Water plus warm sunshine means summer here at Wickwood inn. All winterlong you dream of the summer breeze on your cheeks as you stroll along Oval Beach on Lake Michigan’s delicious shoreline! Our beloved Saugatuck lights up your summer with memories, good food, and adventure. With so many ways to enjoy the water and sunshine, we had to let you in on another little secret.  Summer is one of the best times to visit Saugatuck, Michigan! Don’t believe us? Check out our Must Do List of things to do in summer in Saugatuck!

Whether you’re looking to paddle a canoe, drive a boat or swim, it’s here in Saugatuck.  See the many ways you can jump back in the water during your Wickwood Inn bed and breakfast stay.  Let’s make the very most of your Saugatuck summer getaway!


“A summer’s sun is worth the having.”
~ French Proverb


The Marinas Of Saugatuck | Bring Your Boat

Park your boat and stay in comfort at the Wickwood Inn, just a 5 to 10 minute walk from Saugatuck marinas! Bring your own boat and reserve dock space in a Saugatuck marina. Let yourself find freedom on the waves with your stand-up or paddle board or try windsurfing or sailing across Lake Michigan. To find the marina that suits your needs, check out Shore Harbor Marina, Sergeant Marina , Coral Gables Marina or Tower Marine & Saugatuck Yacht Services.


9 Places To Rent A Boat In Saugatuck

Whether you have an hour or you want a full day of fun on the water, you can find a boat in Saugatuck.  In addition to sailboat hires, find a boat, yacht, kayak or fishing charter boat that works for you! If you visit Saugatuck in summer, your trip is not complete without a water adventure!

Retro Boat Rentals – Rent a cool vintage boat for 90-minutes of pure fun and see Saugatuck (at its best) from the water.

Star of Saugatuck – Take yourselves on a leisurely afternoon or sunset paddleboat cruise on Lake Michigan.

Sailing Saugatuck on the Schooner Serenity – Sailing Saugatuck whisks you away on a two-hour authentic nautical experience. Sail from the Red Dock in Douglas along the Kalamazoo River into the open waters of Lake Michigan. Choose from two daily excursions (the sunset cruise should be on everyone’s bucket list!)

Harbor Duck Boat – Tour Saugatuck and Douglas by land and water on a transformed WWII vessel well-known as the big blue boat.

Cycle Boat – Maybe you like biking or boating? Do both! Hydrobike around Lake Kalamazoo all afternoon with your friends!

Fishing Charter Boat – Charter a fishing boat and catch Walleye, Pike, Whitefish, Perch, Bass, Trout or Salmon from our crystal-clear Lake Michigan waters! Try out Best Chance TooMiryha Charters or Hoppenero Charters to find the vessel that’s right for you.

Saugatuck Chain Ferry Hop aboard the oldest and only chain ferry in the country still in use since 1838!  Journey over the river and take the hike to Saugatuck’s Mt. Baldy or Oval Beach.

Saugatuck Yacht Club – Park your boat and celebrate water recreation with fellow yachtsman.

Sweetwater Sailing – Sail aboard the Drifter with your own Captain and take in the waters, beaches and dunes of Saugatuck.


“Some of the best memories are made in flip flops.”
~ Anonymous


Jet Skis, Canoes, Kayaks, Stand Up Boards And More In Saugatuck

Not everyone has a stash of skis or the family boat to enjoy, but local Saugatuck businesses have you covered! Just book your summer visit with us at Wickwood Inn and the locals will take care of the rest!  In fact, Wickwood Inn provides guests with beach chairs and beach towels to begin your water adventure.

Coral Gables – Rent jet skis, paddle boards, electric bikes, or kayaks at one of the most entertaining spots in town!

Big Lake OutfittersMake your Saugatuck experience complete by renting a pontoon, kayak, bikes, charter boat, or fishing tackle and gear.

Making Waves – Take out a pontoon or jet ski for a hot day on the water!

Running Rivers – Enjoy Kalamazoo River when you rent a kayaks or paddle board.


The Best Beaches In Saugatuck

Whether you look to be at the hub of Saugatuck action with food, drink, parking and entertainment, or something more secluded.  You’ll find the beach that satisfies you this summer. If you want to enjoy taking your steps on a walkway, stroll along the Kalamazoo River boardwalk for a fantastic view of Lake Kalamazoo.  You may get a peek at fuzzy ducklings paddling next to you!

Oval Beach – As the main beach in town, the shoreline and rolling dunes are impressive. Oval Beach won awards for National Geographic Traveler’s Top Freshwater Beaches in the USA and MTV’s Top 5 Beaches in the USA. Plus, more accolades arrive every year for Saugatuck’s busiest beach.  Swim in the clear blue waters, soak up the sun and walk along the shores.

Douglas BeachEnjoy sunset from this beach at the bottom of the hill just minutes away in nearby Douglas. This is a locals beach for a good reason.  There are only a few parking spots.  Take the Interurban bus to the beach.

Pier Cove Park BeachThe perfect family-friendly beach, Pier Cove offers a warm creek for wading and a great picnic view!

Laketown Beach – If you’re looking for a quieter spot to enjoy the water, tackle the 350 stairs down to the beach.

Saugatuck Dunes State ParkWalk through gorgeous 200-foot wooded dunes along a sandy trail (a breathtaking summer Narnia).  To walk along the 2.5 miles of secluded beach, you must descend the medium-size sand dune…but, the view!

Mount BaldheadAlso known as Mt. Baldy, hike its 302 steps to the top and enjoy views of Saugatuck, Douglas and Lake Michigan. Take the Saugatuck Chain Ferry across the Kalamazoo River and enjoy the scenic one-mile loop.


“A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows.”
~ St Francis of Assisi


Need More Ways To Get To The Water In Saugatuck?  Wickwood Can Help With That.

Our Wickwood Inn guests rave about the water adventures they have in Saugatuck, and we know that you will too! Take your pick from our expansive list of suggestions and reserve your Saugatuck summer vacation at Wickwood Inn today! For even more follow us on Pinterest , Facebook, Instagram, and in Wickwood’s Newsletter.  DON’T MISS any of our fun summer recipe ideas, garden love, and West Michigan Beach getaway ideas, local happenings and so much more!

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