To get to the public beach from Saugatuck, you'll have to take the Blue Star Highway south through Douglas. Center Street is the first stop light (at the top or near the top of the hill), turn west until you come to Ferry Street. North on Ferry, which become Park. When you again see the Saugatuck across the water, look for Perryman Street. It's near the Ferry landing. Turn left (west) over the tree coverd dunes and through the neighborhoods until you get to the beach.
When the ferry is running, you can take it from Saugatuck and walk out Perryman to the beach.
Monday, September 13, 2009, my long-time friend, Mickey [Michelle], and I left Libertyville, Illinois, for Michigan.
The photo is of Mickey beside her car; she was braving the difficult part of our journey as our driver.
We experienced about a thirty minute delay going through Chicago, and we were relieved to escape the congestion. I took over the driving and had the easy job of the expressway. Mickey brought her GPS [ which she calls "Mabel"], and we had no trouble making it to South Haven, Michigan and to our Bed and Breakfast.
We definitely needed the car to drive from South Haven to Saugatuck and Douglas, Michigan.
We were smarter on the way home; we waited until we knew that our arrival time to Chicago would be after the worst of the traffic.