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Side Trips from Chicago Sights

Saugatuck Chain Ferry

  • Water St. and Mary St.
  • Nautical Site/Lighthouse

Updated 12/31/1969

Fodor's Review

Originally used to transport horses across the Kalamazoo River, this fringy little ferry is now a top tourist attraction. Built in 1857, it's the only hand-cranked chain ferry left in the country. It takes about 200 cranks and about five minutes for the U.S. Coast Guard-inspected vessel to float the 100 yards across the river.

Sight Information


Water St. and Mary St., Saugatuck, 49453, United States



Sight Details:

  • $1; children under 2 free
  • Open Memorial Day-mid-June Fri. 12-9, Sat. 9-9, Sun. 9-6; mid-June-Labor Day daily 9-9 (closes earlier in August depending on sunset)

Updated 12/31/1969


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