Public open house Oct. 23 on next phase of Saugatuck Dunes State Park management plan

Contact: Matt Lincoln, 517-284-6111
Agency: Natural Resources

Oct. 11, 2018

scenic view of the beach at Saugatuck Dunes State Park in Allegan CountyThe Michigan Department of Natural Resources is seeking public input on a new draft "phase 2" general management plan for Saugatuck Dunes State Park in Allegan County.

The phase 2 general management plan defines a long-range (10- to 20-year) planning and management strategy that will assist the DNR Parks and Recreation Division in meeting its responsibilities to protect and preserve the site’s natural and cultural resources, and to provide access to land- and water-based public recreation and educational opportunities.

The public is invited to share their opinions and ideas via email or at an open house Tuesday, Oct. 23, 5 to 7 p.m. at the Felt Estate Carriage House, 6597 138th Ave. in Holland. People are welcome to attend at any time during the two-hour open house to review the planning material, share comments and talk to DNR staff.

Comments also can be made via email through Oct. 30 to Matt Lincoln at

The draft phase 2 general management plan and additional information on the DNR's general management planning process can be found on the department's website at

Saugatuck Dunes State Park is home to 13 miles of sandy hiking trails and beautiful views of Lake Michigan. The 994-acre park provides recreation activities compatible with the park’s unique natural resources, including swimming, hiking, cross-country skiing, picnicking, interpretive education and wildlife viewing. The park also is home to the Patty Birkholz Natural Area, critical dunes and 2.5 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline.

For more information about the public meeting or the phase 2 general management plan, contact Matt Lincoln at 517-284-6111 (TTY/TDD711 Michigan Relay Center for the hearing impaired) or via email at Persons with disabilities who need accommodations for the meetings should contact Lincoln at least five business days before the meeting.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to

An accompanying photo showing a beach view at Saugatuck Dunes State Park is available below for download.