Saugatuck Chain Ferry

Saugatuck Chain Ferry

The ferry in the resort town of Saugatuck, Michigan is claimed to be the only remaining chain driven ferry in the US. It has been in use since 1838. Three pullies keep it in line as it is being pulled across the Kalamazoo River. This is an unusual operation to watch. When it is ready to cross the Kalamazoo River, the operator takes a can of compressed air and blows a very loud whistle (airhorn) alerting all boat traffic to stop. It is hand propelled! The operator turns a crank on the inside and this pulls the ferry along the chain. The ferry goes from the immediate downtown, and after a short distance of about 250' takes you to Oval beach. The ferry beats making the long drive around the lake and then having to look for a spot at the crowded parking lot. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day (give or take) Mon-Fri 11am – 8 pm and Sat – Sun, holidays 9am – 9pm.

Contact Information

Address

528 Water Street

Saugatuck, MI 49453

Driving Directions

Phone: (269) 857-1701

Email:

Location of Saugatuck Chain Ferry

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Saugatuck Weather

Now
M/CLEAR
18°F
M/CLEAR, humidity 73%, barometer 30.28,
wind 0 mph CLM
Tuesday
A bit of morning snow; windy and colder
27°F | 10°F
A bit of morning snow; windy and colder
Wednesday
Cloudy, a bit of snow in the afternoon
25°F | 22°F
Cloudy, a bit of snow in the afternoon
Thursday
Cloudy and seasonably cool
32°F | 19°F
Cloudy and seasonably cool
Friday
Rather cloudy
36°F | 28°F
Rather cloudy
Saturday
Cloudy with a couple of snow showers
36°F | 19°F
Cloudy with a couple of snow showers

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