Saugatuck Dunes Natural Area
Recognition: Legally Dedicated Natural Area
Size: 291 acres
Location: Approximately 7 miles southwest of Holland
Management: Saugatuck Dunes State Park
Activities: Hiking, cross-country skiing, bird watching, nature study, photography, wildflower viewing
Importance: This area encompasses a complex of Lake Michigan shoreline (approximately 1 mile), open dunes, large blowouts, interdunal wetlands, and wooded dunes. Pitcher's thistle, listed as threatened by the state and federal governments, occurs within this area. In addition, migrating birds use the red oak dominated forested dunes in the spring and fall.