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Information Oil on board, OVAL BEACH by Anne Corlett Wiley

Thanks to a favorable ruling in the case of Glass v. Goeckel, the public’s right to walk on the beach has been restored. In July of 2005, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled 5-2 that “public-trust” uses of the property are protected under state law below the “high-water” mark, which the court defined as “the point on the bank or shore up to which the presence and action of the water is so continuous as to leave a distinct mark either by erosion, destruction of terrestrial vegetation, or other easily recognized characteristic.”

In addition to Oval Beach, Saugatuck Harbor Natural Area, and Saugatuck Dunes State Park, other beaches in the Saugatuck Dunes coastal region include West Side County Park, Pier Cove Beach, Douglas Beach, Laketown Township Beach, and the disputed Plummerville Beach

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