The City of Dowagiac is known for its beautiful woods, flowing rivers and sightings of Big Foot.
We don’t know if Michigan Bigfoot (aka Dewey Lake Monster) was just visiting or made this a second home, as many do.
Reported sightings brought national attention and a throng of thrill-seekers, monster hunters and law enforcement to the area in 1964. To this day, the mystery remains unsolved.
Of course, it’s no mystery why Dowagiac remains a popular destination for nature lovers and Chicagoans looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.
Area attractions include the Dowagiac River and the Dowagiac Woods Nature Sanctuary, commonly known as Dowagiac Woods – a 235-acre area protected to preserve the natural habitats of endangered plants and animals.
Residents and visitors have ample transportation options including the Dowagiac Municipal Airport for private pilots; several highways; DART dial-a-ride bus service; and daily Amtrak train service to Chicago and Detroit.
The community is served by the Dowagiac Union School District including four elementary schools, one middle school and Dowagiac Union High School. The city is also home to Southwestern Michigan College – a two-year school with on-campus housing.