Sit back and relax – listen to the water running off the paddlewheels as you gently glide down the Kalamazoo River. See Saugatuck from the water, a totally different view from what you see on land, and take in the majesty of Lake Michigan.
Take one of our many daytime cruises, or go for a sunset cruise taking in the beauty of a sunset on Lake Michigan. Snack bars onboard serve cold pop, water, or if you prefer a beer, glass of wine or mixed drink and chips or candy to snack on.
It’s fun for all ages – children see boats of every shape size, and you never know when we’ll see a fox, deer, or possibly a bald eagle! Our narrations are fun and informative! It’s an opportunity to “escape” all the pressures of daily life, and take in the natural beauty of the area. It’s a time to enjoy the pleasure of friends and family who have come with you on the trip; you may even make some “new friends” along the way!
The Star II is U.S. Coast Guard certified and annually inspected, and has all its safety equipment onboard – 100% adult and child life jackets, ship-to-shore radios, cell phone, and radar equipped. Our crew is dedicated to your health and safety. We are trained in First Aid, CPR and emergency situations.
The Saugatuck Chain Ferry, Diane, is the only remaining hand cranked chain ferry of its kind remaining in the United States. Diane is guided across the Kalamazoo River by a chain that is connected to both sides. It is hand cranked by trained operators and departs each dock every 10-15 minutes based on demand. The chains have a considerable amount of slack built into them, in order to sink below the surface as the ferry moves away, allowing other vessels to pass without becoming grounded or trapped.
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Chuck’s Big Adventure in southwest Michigan: Boating in Saugatuck By Chuck Lofton
MICHIGAN, USA — Saugatuck, Michigan, has been a destination for travelers since the end of the Civil War. It’s true that art lovers have made this one of the Midwest’s most popular stops for painting, glass and ceramics — but this town simply isn’t the Michigan Mecca that it seems to be without water.
Sitting on the shores of Lake Michigan, less than 1,000 people call this place home. But in the summer, on any given day, 10,000 people are here. Many of them are in boats they own or hop on for a memorable ride.
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