Sea kayak rentals could be new attraction for Saugatuck’s Oval Beach

An experienced kayak rental operator says sea kayaks will provide tourists an exciting opportunity to explore Lake Michigan from Saugatuck’s Oval Beach. The new rental enterprise could launch this summer.

According to excerpts from the story:

Oval Beach kayak rentals could become a reality this summer if a proposal discussed by Saugatuck city officials and businessman Mike Philippe pans out.

Philippe, who has operated Running Rivers Kayak Rental at Wade’s Bayou in Douglas the last nine summers, wants to expand to Lake Michigan’s larger waters.

Running Rivers would use sit-atop sea kayaks on the big lake, compared to the cockpit vessels it uses most often in Kalamazoo Lake/River at Wade’s Bayou, “so that there is no danger of anyone flipping over and getting stuck inside,” Philippe said.

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