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Best things to do in Oceana County

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Where in the world: USA  /  Michigan  /  Oceana County

Top 15 things to do in Oceana County

1. Little Sable Point Lighthouse, Mears

The Little Sable Point Light is a lighthouse located south of Pentwater in the lower peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. It is in the southwest corner of Golden Township, just south of Silver Lake State Park.
The lighthouse was designed by Col. Orlando M. Poe and has been described as "A classic Poe tower." The design used 109 1-foot-diameter wood pilings driven into the sand, capped by 12 feet of stone as a stout base for the brick tower. The walls of the tower are thick at the base and at its zenith.
Following the loss of the Schooner Pride in 1866, public outcries for a light at this locale were finally heard and heeded. Congress approved funding in 1871, but construction was delayed until 1874 due to lack of roads to the site.
The station was originally named "Petite Pointe Au Sable Lighthouse", which is the name used on most official records; officially, however, the name was changed in 1910. Although commonly called "Little Sable Point Light", it is listed by the National Park Service as "Little Point Sable Light".
The lantern room has eight fixed panels in its lower section, and the upper has ten rotating panels.
In 1954, the Lighthouse keeper's dwelling was destroyed by the Coast Guard when electricity reached the site and the light was automated. "Evidence of the connection between the dwelling and tower are obvious to the visitor."
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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2. Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access, Hart

Silver Lake Sand Dunes Area is a Michigan Beachtown (Nominated by Travel & Leisure as one of America's Best Little Beachtowns) located along Lake Michigan’s sweeping shoreline just a few miles west of US-31 between Muskegon and Pentwater, Michigan. Just a short few hours from Chicago, Detroit, Traverse City and the Mackinac Bridge. The home of the National Asparagus Festival and annual Apple & BBQ Cook-off Festival.

During your visit at Silver Lake Sand Dunes, you will find an endless amount of sand piled into lofty mountains, miles of pristine shoreline beaches, unique attractions and events, great food, excellent accommodations and memory-making family fun…all to explore. The Silver Lake Sand Dunes are the only dunes East of Utah where you are allowed to drive a private motorized vehicle from April 1st through October 31st .





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Suggested duration: 2 hours
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3. Charles Mears State Park, Pentwater

Charles Mears State Park is a 50acre state park in Pentwater, Oceana County, Michigan. It is a sandy park directly on Lake Michigan, bordering a channel leading into Pentwater Lake. The park only covers 50acre but has swimming, camping, and picnicking areas and a one-mile (1.6 km) hiking trail. The park land was once owned by Charles Mears, who was an early settler of Pentwater, and was donated to the state by his daughter in 1923 when Michigan was beginning to establish its state park system.
Beach House Store Campground - 175 Sites, 1 Lodge Lighthouse Picnic Area Picnic Shelter Playground

Fishing Hiking - 1mi Metal Detecting Swimming

Pentwater Pier Mac Wood's Dune Rides www.macwoodsdunerides.com
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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4. Country Dairy, New Era

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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5. Silver Lake State Park, Mears

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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6. Double JJ Resort, Rothbury

Double JJ Resort is located in Rothbury, Michigan. It is a four-season resort which opened as the Jack and Jill Ranch in 1937. It has been the location of the Rothbury Music Festival two times, and has hosted the Electric Forest Festival annually since 2011. Double JJ has expanded to include a golf course, an indoor water park, indoor mini golf, and an old western mock town, known as the "Back Forty." Future plans include a brand new conference center that will break ground in 2018.
Suggested duration: 8 hours
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8. Storybook Village, Pentwater

Suggested duration: 30 minutes
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9. Oceana Winery and Vineyard, New Era

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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10. Cherry Point Farm and Market, Shelby

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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11. Jomagrha Vineyards & Winery, Pentwater

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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12. Golden Sands Golf Course, Mears

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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13. Thoroughbred Dining & Spirits, Rothbury

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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14. Off-Road Tours, Mears

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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15. Stony Lake Stables, New Era

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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