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Macatawa, Michigan is an unincorporated community on the eastern shores of Lake Michigan and southeastern Lake Macatawa.

The community is on the boundary between Laketown Township in Allegan County, and Park Township in Ottawa County, but separated from most of Park Township by Lake Macatawa.

Macatawa has a functioning post office, but deliveries are made to post office boxes only. Thus, some Macatawa addresses carry a Holland postal address.

No major highways pass through the community. The chief route to or through the community is South Shore Drive, which runs along the southern shore of Lake Macatawa, connecting Macatawa with Holland, to the east. Cities and villages within twenty miles of Macatawa include Holland, Saugatuck, Douglas, Fennville, and Zeeland, while the unincorporated community of Castle Rock is just over two miles to the south. The Ottawa Beach Historic District is across the navigation channel that connects Lake Michigan with Lake Macatawa, but the two communities are not connected by a bridge.

Lake Macatawa is about six miles long and just over a mile wide, with a surface area of 1,700 acres. The average depth is less than ten feet, with the exception of the navigation channel that allows draft ships to access the dock at the city of Holland. The lake is the drowned mouth of the Macatawa River, originally known as the Black River.

European-Americans began settling the area after the land was ceded from the Native American tribes to the United States government in 1821. A settlement had developed by 1850, and the Chicago & West Michigan Railroad established a station, known as Macatawa Junction, in the 1870s.

The railroad, as well as steamboats on Lake Michigan, began bringing visitors to the region during the summer months. Macatawa Park was established in 1881 by a group of landowners who platted an area near Holland Harbor as a resort and public park. The Macatawa Park Association was formed to manage the property, and is essentially the organization now known as the Macatawa Park Cottagers' Association.

Before long, resorts, hotels, restaurants, and summer homes were built, many of them catering to summer visitors from Chicago, although the community received guests from all over the country. Until 1935, Lake Macatawa was known as Black Lake.

Most of the original resorts and structures were destroyed in a series of fires. Today, the Macatawa Park area is characterized by dunes, seasonal cottages, and a minority of year-round residents.

Situated on the tip of the peninsula, in northeastern Macatawa, is the Macatawa Campground, a traditional campground with more than two hundred campsites and eleven paved lots, operated as part of Holland State Park.

As Macatawa is an unincorporated community, administered by the townships in which it is located, neither of which are headquartered in Macatawa. Therefore, appropriate topics for this category are any businesses, industries, schools, places of worship, organizations, attractions, events, or recreational and entertainment opportunities within the community.



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