Available on a first-come, first-served basis if it is not rented. For shelter rental dates and availability, call 269-637-2788.
Saugatuck Dunes has 13 miles of sandy hiking trails. The southern portion of the park is mostly made up of the dedicated natural area. Lake Michigan is not visible from the parking area. Visitors should come prepared to hike on sandy trails and over rolling terrain throughout the Park. The shortest path to the beach is .6 miles (one way) via the black-dotted line section of the Beach Trail, as shown on the map. Wear good shoes and bring your own water.
North Trail: Trail Length: 2.50 miles*
Beach Trail: Trail Length: 1.50 miles*
Livingston Trail: Trail Length: 2.50 miles*
South Trail: Trail Length: 5.50 miles*
*Miles shown are the total approximate round trip distance for each trail.
Rules and Regulations
- Dogs must be kept on a 6-foot leash at all times and may not be left unattended
- Alcohol is permitted in the park for visitors age 21 and over
- No glass bottles or containers on beach
- No bicycles are allowed on any of the trails
- No camping at the park
- No fires on beach
- Fireworks prohibited
Trails are not groomed and vary widely in degree of difficulty.
Metal detecting is permitted in certain designated areas of the park. Metal detecting is recognized as a legitimate recreation activity when it is conducted in ways that do not damage the natural and cultural resources in Michigan State Parks nor violate applicable state statues. Any items found must be reviewed by park staff and may be retained for further investigation.
Alcoholic Beverages and Marijuana Use
Possession of alcoholic beverages by minors is strictly prohibited. Despite the change in law, the use of marijuana in public is still not legal or allowed.
Michigan State Parks Swimming, Boating, and Water Safety
The Great Lakes are powerful bodies of water. DO NOT swim near or jump off break walls or navigational channel walls. Always pay attention to changing conditions and the beach flag warning system found in designated buoyed swim areas. Before heading out, visit Michigan.gov/BeachSafety.
Record-high water levels are causing increased river flows, submerged docks and piers, swimming and boating hazards, and other concerns. Learn more about the effects of high water and how to stay safe at Michigan.gov/HighWaterSafety.
Don’t Move Firewood! Help Protect our Michigan State Parks and Campgrounds!
Invasive insects and diseases have destroyed MILLIONS OF TREES in Michigan, often after hitching a ride on firewood. Purchase only certified heat-treated firewood at the park or nearby vendors. If you don’t use it all, don’t transport it or take it home with you. Campfires are permitted only in designated fire rings.
Michigan State Park Gear and Merchandise
Give the Gift of Outdoor Recreation
Want to give a camping or boating trip to your favorite outdoor enthusiast? Purchase a Michigan state park and harbor gift card or electronic card. Visit midnrreservations.com/gift-cards/purchase or call 517-284-7275