"Hike the Beach & dunes; Van Buren St. Pk." Michigan Things to Do Tip by no1birdlady

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  Tall dunes on Lake Michigan
by no1birdlady

Before attending the Tulip Festival in Holland, we went to Van Buren St. Pk. This was our first view of Lake Michigan. It's very easy to visit the lake from this state park. There is a large parking lot and a short trail leads down to the beach. There are huge sand dunes on the edge of the lake here and a sand beach along the water. We walked along the shore and were amazed how much it looks like the ocean except that there were very few waves. I took a picture of my friend standing in front of one of the sand dunes. We learned that it's the prevaling winds that concentrate the dunes on this south and eastern shore. There were some large Fox Squirrels here in the park as well as Bewick Wrens, Goldfinch, Downy Woodpeckers and Chipping Sparrows.

Directions: In the SW corner of Michigan on the lake, we accessed it from the Blue Star Hwy. from Hwy. 31 north.

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  • Written Oct 19, 2007
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