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Old Fishtown Trail — Water Tower Loop

Intermediate/Difficult
 5.0 (1)

One of my favorite trails, this is a beautiful rustic path with woods, lakes, and dunes.


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Map Key

1.0

Miles

1.6

KM

86%

Runnable

716' 218 m

High

595' 181 m

Low

227' 69 m

Up

146' 45 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Fishing · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

Although popular with the locals, this path is not advertised or marked. The trail begins on an access road that goes to the left up a hill from Park Street. The land on the west side of Park Street is city property, so you should be okay parking just past the turnoff. Otherwise, use the Mount Baldhead lot.

Run up the hill from Park Street to where there are gates on the left and right. Go around the righthand gate and head down the old road. You'll probably find deer on the way and the view when you first see the oxbow is gorgeous!

The trail is not hard to follow until you get down by the Oxbow. There you may want to use the GPS to navigate around the dunes and find the path up to the water tower.

Alternatively, you could start the loop on the Oval Beach side and ignore the part that goes down to Park Street.

Contacts

Land Manager: City of Saugatuck

Shared By:

Chris Clark

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Following the old road.
Nov 20, 2020 near Douglas, MI
Looking across the Oxbow.
Nov 20, 2020 near Douglas, MI
The turnoff from Park Street.
Nov 20, 2020 near Douglas, MI

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