Cathead Bay

An alluring stretch of beach right in the middle of Cathead Bay is backed by dunes that gradually give way to forest. A few different paths wind through the woods to reach the beach, leading a walker through the secession of forest to dune. The open dunes, along with the numerous blowouts, are a fine example of this natural community, which was once common along the eastern Lake Michigan shoreline. In the sand and gravel flats behind the foredune, state-endangered piping plovers nest and feed. The public stretch of the beach is great to hang out on, but please don’t loiter on private property – you are welcome to walk along the beach, just don’t set up all your beach gear. Local lore says that Al Capone had a house on Cathead Bay.

Cool things to do: fly a kite at the beach, look for piping plovers nesting in the open dune – but be careful not to disturb them, picnic at the lunch area close by the car park, build a sandcastle at the beach. Hiking, cross-country skiing, hunting, fishing, camping (adjacent), photography, nature study.

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  1. Katie H
    Katie H says:

    I’m in 8th grade currently and already trying to decide where to live and what to be and I’m positive that I’ve set my mind to living in the Cathead Bay area and being a vet!

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