Michigan: Oceana County

Oceana County (pop. 26,570) is west of Newaygo County, along Lake Michigan.

The county seat is the city of Hart (pop. 2,126), which apparently got its name because it’s in the “heart” of Oceana County.

Downtown Hart

Hart-Montague Trail State Park is a 22-mile linear park that consists of a bike trail from Hart south to the city of Montague.

On a former railroad line

Oceana County calls itself “The Asparagus Capital of the World” and hosts the National Asparagus Festival every summer. This year’s Asparagus Queen was crowned on May 31.

The parade

Charles Mears State Park, along Lake Michigan, is in the village of Pentwater (pop. 857). The park was owned by Charles Mears until it was donated to the state in 1923.

The park covers 50 acres.

South of Pentwater is the Little Sable Point Light Station (1874).

Now open to the public in summer

The 2,936-acre Silver Lake State Park is well known for its sand dunes; part of the dunes are open for off-road vehicles.

One of four Silver Lake state parks in the U.S.

The village of Rothbury (pop. 432) hosts the annual Rothbury Music Festival, now called the Electric Forest Festival.

About 30,000 attended in 2013.


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