The land that lies north of Saugatuck is unique in its diverse characteristics due in no small part to two centuries of various ownerships and private use. Once heavily wooded by native pine, some 1000 acres that welcomed the Great Lake was clear cut in the mid 1800’s to meet the lumber demand created by the Chicago and Holland, Michigan fire. Winds off Lake Michigan soon pushed the unprotected sand inland, covering among other things, the villages of Fishtown, Shriver’s Bend and Singapore, as well as the mouth to the old harbor. In 1905, a new channel was dug to aid harbor traffic, defining what is now part of the southern boundary of the NorthShore of Saugatuck. In more recent times, Broward Marine built yachts near the channel. Today, NorthShore of Saugatuck holds promise for low density residential homes, areas of deeded conservation, nature trails and other preservation plans currently under consideration. Cottage Home has a track record of positive collaboration with the lakeshore townships and governing bodies, and is working diligently with officials in planning NorthShore of Saugatuck. Contact (616) 218-0267 for further information.