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Lakeshore Drive Managed Retreat Project


Lakeshore Drive Site Investigation Report

Lakeshore Drive Site Investigation Figures Maps & Appendices

The Allegan County Road Commission is currently in the process of continuing design engineering, exploring permitting requirements, and determining available property as the second phase of this project.  Members of the public are welcome to direct questions about this second phase investigation to Craig Atwood, Managing Director of the Allegan County Road Commission 269-673-2184, or via email at  Funding for Phase 2 is available through December 2023.

Financial assistance for these projects was provided, in part, by the Coastal Management Program, Water Resources Division, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy under the National Coastal Zone Management Program, through a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.


Lakeshore Drive Study Report (Hardcopies are available for purchase at printing cost of $130 a copy.  Contact Prein&Newhof at 616-364-8491)

Recording of Lakeshore Drive Workshop

The Allegan County Road Commission and Saugatuck Township hosted a Public Information Workshop on Long-Term Erosion Management Strategies for Lakeshore Drive at the Saugatuck High School on Tuesday, July 19th, 2022 from 4-6pm.

Topics discussed include existing bluff conditions, the ongoing risk coastal erosion poses to the roadway, and design options for long-term management for Lakeshore Drive.

Phase 1 was completed in October 2022.

Coastal Management Resources

Adapting to a Changing Great Lakes Coast (Video)

Shoreline Hard Armoring  (Video)

Michigan’s Great Lake Shorelines Throughout Time (Online App)

Lake Level Viewer (Online App)

Kalamazoo Lake Harbor Study  (Website)

Living On The Coast: Protecting Investments In Shore Property On The Great Lakes (Online Guide)