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The Saugatuck-Douglas History Center (SDHC) has brought commercial fishing history to life in a restored waterfront fishing shanty.  Through interpretive storyboards, artifacts, and video in and around "Saugatuck’s Historic Demerest Shanty,” the story of the rise and fall of commercial fishing and its impact on these two coastal villages is told.  Other maritime and fisheries heritage opportunities abound in the area.  The SDHC’s two main campuses across the river at Mt. Baldhead Park and in Douglas house collections of photos, artifacts, and art providing a deep dive into the culture and history of the communities, including their commercial fisheries and boat-building pasts.  Walk along boardwalks past working marinas and recreational fishing charters, explore the outsized art and cultural opportunities which abound in the villages, or take in the vista at Saugatuck’s famed Oval Beach.  When its time to unwind, shop for fresh fish at the fish market inside the Demerest Shanty or enjoy fresh seafood served at one of several waterfront restaurants. 

What you can do here

Access Environmental ResearchAccess Fishing History & Culture ResearchBoat RidesBoat ViewingBuy FishCatch FishEat FishGift Shop or Fisheries Items for PurchaseSchool or Group ToursView Active FisheryView Exhibits

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Saugatuck's Historic Demerest Shanty (Click to show on map) Info
Retro Boat Rentals and Old Boat House (Click to show on map) Info
Best Chance Too Charters (Click to show on map) Info
Best Chance Charters at Big Lake Outfitters (Click to show on map) Info
Hoppenero Charters (Click to show on map) Info
West Michigan Charter Fishing (Click to show on map) Info
Fish Lads of Saugatuck Restaurant and Market (Click to show on map) Info
Pump House History Museum (Click to show on map) Info
Miryha Sportfishing (Click to show on map) Info
Old School House History Center (Click to show on map)
History Museum
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Book illustrating and telling story of the families, the tugs, the gear and Lake Michigan fisheries of the Saugatuck-Douglas area.
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Affiliated Organization: Saugatuck-Douglas History Center