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Address: Saugatuck, MI
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Known for its luxurious homes along the eastern shore.

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a beautiful boat ride to the big Lake Michigan

You can take the paddle boat, the dinner boat, your own boat, a jet ski, a paddle board, pontoon boat, what ever floats!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 October 2016
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Saugatuck, Michigan
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Saugatuck, Michigan
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153 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

You can take the paddle boat, the dinner boat, your own boat, a jet ski, a paddle board, pontoon boat, what ever floats!

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Thank eakfs
Saugatuck MI
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65 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

From New Richmond to Lake Michigan, the Kalamazoo River includes unspoiled scenery, views of the Saugatuck waterfront, waterfowl at the shore.

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Euclid, Ohio
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

HYDROBIKING- 👍👍👍😄😄😄!!! Enjoyed renting Hydrobikes and pedaling down the Kalamazoo! Reasonably priced and perfect activity for all ages. Hot sun had us easily getting off and back on the bikes after taking dips in the water. Sun umbrellas attached to the bikes were also great at taming the sun. Pedaling is super easy, but you can just as easily allow... More 

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Suffolk, Virginia
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129 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016

We took the boat tour on the Kalamazoo and enjoyed it. The captain was informative about local history and the river/lake was interesting. It is a great way to understand more about the area.

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1 Thank oldhokie702016
Chicago, Illinois
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24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016

Had a great time Kayaking down the Kalamazoo River. Not a fast current, just a nice relaxing ride, Saw a few fisherman but not much.

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Thank smirque
Western Springs, Illinois
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96 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2016

We stay in Saugatuck annually and love the Kalamazoo River. We stay on the river and love seeing all the boats and people doing water sports. The river is clean and there is a ton to do on and around it. Definitely worth a visit to Saugatuck to see this wonderful river.

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3 Thank HaveBagWillTravel5
Michigan
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81 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2015

Why was once a vibrant port is now a travel at your own risk shallow body of water. The locals have obviously neglected this natural resource in much the same manner as the shopping areas

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1 Thank picky4me
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2015

the river is cleaner than ever, fishing is abundant, the water fowl and wild life abound. Great kayaking, canoeing.

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Lowell, Indiana
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29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2015

Took the 1 hour Running Rivers Kayak ride and Loved it! We took a bus from Douglas to the Kalamazoo River and put in the kayak around 10:15ish. Silas helped launch us out into the river. The Kalamazoo was so peaceful and pretty. You could see fish jump, ducks dipping and hear Canadian Geese flying overhead. Only saw 3 fishing... More 

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Defiance, Ohio
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70 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2015

We kayaker a three hour trip from a bridge with a railroad bridge beside it through some really, quiet, serene, waters. We enjoyed every moment of the trip seeing the birds, turtles, a beaver, and some fish. The wildflowers were pretty and I recommend some time up-river if you can!

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