Where it began… Val-Du Lakes
Moses Davis and his wife, both retired black school teachers, bought this 100 acre farm back in the 1920’s. He farmed cherries, apples, and pears, along with some vegetables and livestock.
They had a daughter, Lila, who married a well-to-do man named David O. Duncan. Lila and D.O. had many friends who came with their families to spend the lazy summer months at what was called, “Val-Du Lakes Farm Resort”. They could fish the spring-fed origin of Hunter Creek, hike the world’s largest shifting sand dunes, and swim at the golden beaches of Oceana County.
Val-Du Lake’s Hill was Lila’s most cherished possession. It’s panoramic view of the Silver Lakes, the vast dunes, and the Great Lake Michigan is breathtaking. Ocean draft ships may be seen traveling to and from Chicago via the Soo Locks and the St. Lawrence Seaway. They use the lighthouse at Little Point Sauble to guide them. The sunsets over Wisconsin are priceless.
Lila sold the farm for a dream—a place to play ball, listen to music, relax and enjoy. We save this century-old barn for her hand-hewn beauty– strong timbers cut from this land. If you have the time to dream, or perhaps some romance, take a walk out on our deck before sunset. We, at Val-Du-Lakes are proud to have you as our guests.
The Valleys, The Dunes, and the Lakes (Val-Du Lakes)
The ‘Glory Days’…
Big names, big hair, and big times
Through the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, some of the Nations largest bands found themselves amongst thousands of fans in Val-Du Lakes Amphitheatre. Just a few of the major tours that came through Val-Du Lakes were:
- Get A Grip Tour – June 19th, 1993
– Headlining Act: Aerosmith
- Damaged Justice Tour – July 1st, 1989
– Headlining Act: Metallica
- Dr. Feelgood World Tour – July 15th, 1990
– Headlining Act: Mötley Crüe
Supporting Act: Ratt
- Clash of the Titans Tour – June 23rd, 1991
– Headlining Act: Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax,
Supporting Act: Alice in Chains
Other concerts that hit the Val-Du Main Stage between 1989-1993 include great bands like:
- Stevie Ray Vaughn
- Hank Williams Jr.
- .38 Special
- The Beach Boys
- Skid Row
- Three Dog Night
- and the list goes on and on!
Val-Du Lakes: NOW!
Some things change, some don’t.
In 2006, Val-Du Lakes was purchased by Brian & Mary Lowing with what some considered ‘lofty goals’. Those goals were to put Val-Du Lakes back on the map as “The Entertainment Hot-Spot in West Michigan”, without losing sight of it’s rich heritage and deep seeded roots. In addition to this, they sought to give back to the community a local attraction that has been dearly missed by many locals and tourists alike.
The process began by restoring this century old beauty using hand-hewn beams from the original property.