Beaches, Parks, and Trails
South Haven and Saugatuck offer a variety of beaches with plenty of on the water experiences to discover and many parks for running, swimming or just an enjoyable afternoon.
Black River Park
This is where ducks wait to be fed! This park features a 10 boat launch ramp, showers, restrooms and plenty of picnic tables.
Dyckman Street Beach Access
Named for A.S. Dyckman who came from New York in 1838. He was a partner in building the first steam mill and the first hotel in South Haven and was also Mayor in 1902. The Dyckman family gave the city the land for this park.A public beach perfect for swimming and lying in the sun. Includes grills, picnic tables, a deck overlooking Lake Michigan and large shaded area. This is also the location of South Haven's Farmers Market and ice rink.
Location:175 North Shore Drive, South Haven, MI
Neighborhood park on the south side. Features a picnic shelter, picnic tables, grills, basketball courts, restrooms, baseball diamonds, and bleachers. Free parking.
Location:309 Elkenburg Street, South Haven, MI
Enjoy a hike, bike ride, horseback ride or a leisurely stroll on this 34-mile trail from South Haven to Kalamazoo. Travel through small towns, countryside, beautiful wooded areas and past points of historical interest. Towns along the way have food and lodging for trail users. Don`t forget cross-country skiing and snowmobiling in the winter.
Location:South Haven trailhead, South Haven, MI
A wooden play structure designed and built by kids and adults of South Haven, which includes a maze, boat, slides, rope bridge, tire bridge, and more. Also on the premises: ball diamond, picnic tables, and restrooms. Located across the street from the beach. Perfect for a family day at the park.
Location:563 Monroe Boulevard, South Haven, MI
Newcome Beach Access
A public beach perfect for swimming and lying in the sun. Includes street parking, secluded public beach, deck overlooking the lake, large shaded area, grills and picnic tables, no restrooms.
Location:725 North Shore Drive, South Haven, MI
Fun in the sun! Grab a hot dog at the concession stand and relax in the sun. Play a game of beach volleyball and cool off in Lake Michigan! You can also take a walk on the pier or have a picnic. Restrooms are located by the concession stand.
Location:45 Lakshore Drive, South Haven, MI
Packard Park Beach
A small public beach perfect for swimming and lying in the sun. Picnic tables and restrooms on the premises. The site of the old North Side School, which leased the property from the city for over 100 years. It is named for W.G. Packard, South Havens Mayor at that time.
Location:231 North Shore Drive, South Haven, MI
Stanley Johnston Park
This large, beautiful wooded park in the heart of South Haven overlooking the harbor offers basketball courts, swing sets, picnic tables and restrooms. The site of the All Crafts Fair over Labor Day weekend and the Fine Arts & Crafts Fair in July. Originally named Oakland Park, it was renamed in honor of Professor Johnston, developer of the Haven line of peaches.
Location:202 Dyckman Avenue. South Haven, MI
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Our incredible new lakefront splash pad provides a wonderful alternative water play environment for kids and families! Modeled after the Michigan Maritime Museum`s tall ship Friends Good Will, our splash pad will provide kids with great memories and experiences. Located just east of South Beach on the Black River channel.
Location:60 Water Street, South Havne, MI
Van Buren Trail State Park
From I-196: Exit 20, turn west off of exit ramp onto Phoenix Road. At the 2nd light, turn left onto Broadway, Broadway curves into Phillips and then into LaGrange Street. Take LaGrange to Aylworth Avenue, go west on Aylworth to Kalamazoo Street, and south on Kalamazoo to Lovejoy Avenue. The trail is .1 miles to the west, on the south side of Lovejoy Avenue. Parking is at the Van Buren State Park (23960 Ruggles Road).
Location:300 Lovejoy Avenue, South Haven, MI