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Douglas Area Parks, Trails, Historic Spots, Attractions & More

Located between Lake Michigan and Lake Kalamazoo, Douglas is a small community with a quaint downtown and several historic locations.

Douglas Parks

Douglas has several nice parks. Shultz Park is the largest recreation area and features soccer fields, tennis courts, a baseball diamond, picnic shelter, and playground. The park also has a boat ramp on the edge of Lake Kalamazoo, providing access to the Kalamzoo River and Lake Michigan.

On the western short of Lake Kalamazoo, Wade's Bayou Memorial Park has a gazebo and picnic areas. The park is a relaxing place to spend some time on a summer afternoon.

In downtown Douglas, Beery Field is a square park that features a baseball diamond, basketball court, playground, and public restrooms. The park's playground is a favorite for small children.

On the far west side of town, Douglas Beach provides a swimming beach on Lake Michigan. There are no lifeguards on duty at the beach, and you should be aware of possible rip currents on Lake Michigan, which can be dangerous.

Historic Spots

Douglas has several bed and breakfasts that date back to the late 1800s and early 1900s, including Rosemont Inn, Valentine Lodge, The Kirby House.

Near the center of town, Douglas Union School is a beautiful old building. The school served Douglas from 1866 to 1957 and is the oldest multi-classroom school building in Michigan. The building now serves as a "Discovery Center" for the area, providing historical information and assisting with genealogy.

Saugatuck Lighthouse

The colorful lighthouse on Lake Kalamazoo is a replica of the Kalamazoo River Light and was constructed in 2002.

Kayaking & Boating

Boats and kayaks can be launched on to Lake Kalamazoo from the boat launch at Shultz Park. Lake Kalamazoo can be used to reach Lake Michigan and Saugatuck. There are several marinas located in the Saugatuck-Douglas area.

More About Douglas

Several neat shops are located in downtown Douglas. Blue Star Cafe & Ice Cream is a great spot to get some ice cream on a hot day.

The Saugatuck-Douglas area has yacht clubs and marinas located at Lake Kalamazoo, including Tower Marine and Sergeant Marina.

Nearby Saugatuck has a nice downtown with ample shopping choices and restaurants. Saugatuck's Oval Beach is a nice park on Lake Michigan with a large swimming beach.

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