Lakefront Jewel!

South Haven Michigan: A friendly town with a big harbor on Lake Michigan – rich in Lake Michigan folklore and history.

A Rich Maritime History

Built in 1872, the Lighthouse on the South Pier of the Black River Channel is South Haven’s most notable landmarks.

Location, Location!

There plenty of places to stay and enjoy the friendly town with the big harbor – South Haven Michigan.

Historical Landmarks

South Haven Michigan has a rich history. Did you know it was once known as the Catskills of the Midwest?

A Bountiful Harvest

This mural painted by Conrad Kaufman gives visitors an idea of the harvest bounty in the South Haven area.

Water Wonderland

The South Haven Michigan waterfront is a playground: Water sports, boating, fishing charters and sunset cruises.

Did we mention the Sunsets!

South Haven Michigan is the backdrop from one of mother nature’s great visual stimuli: The Lake Michigan Sunset!

Welcome to South Haven, Michigan

One of Lake Michigan’s best waterfront resort communities

“South Haven, home of the Michigan Maritime Museum and the self-proclaimed Blueberry Capital of the World. The harbor city’s National Blueberry Festival – attracts thousands of visitors.” — MSNBC

Located on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan at the mouth of the Black River, South Haven Michigan has plenty of sparkling water and sandy beaches to go around. The town offers a wide variety of activities year around, but summer time is when it really shines (literally). Beach fun, fishing, golfing or shopping – South Haven Michigan has it all, including a deep-water harbor.

A harbor that has a rich maritime history

But we aren’t a “single-faceted town,” South Haven Michigan has agricultural roots too. So, whether you want to see tall ships or pick your own blueberries, our town is a must see on any vacation “to do list.” Visitors quickly see why South Haven Michigan has been called “a gem among small American towns.” Getting here is easy; the South Haven area is convenient to Chicago and Detroit off major freeways.

South Haven Michigan is open 365 days a year!

In winter, ski or snowboard at a nearby resort or snuggle up by the fire at a fabulous Bed & Breakfast. In the spring, stroll along the shoreline and see the flowers in bloom, stopping to browse at unique shops along the way. During a summertime trip, take a romantic walk in a vineyard, or pick your own fresh fruits from one of the many farms before heading to the annual blueberry festival! In the fall, enjoy a hayride and some apple cider at a pumpkin farm, or enjoy great food from some of the famous restaurants in town. There is plenty of nightlife too, with concerts, festivals, and live theatre year round.

Mark your Calendar!

There is always something happening in South Haven, see our Calendar of Events for dates, times and details of family fun.

Hotels & Accommodations in and around South Haven Michigan

Staying all summer or just for the day, South Haven has plenty of places to stay. It is a popular destination though and you should book your lodging as early as you can. Summer rentals, cozy bed & breakfasts, or modern hotels – South Haven Michigan invites you to rest a bit and take in what it has to offer.

South Haven – North Beach
Located just north off the pier and running off Lakeshore Drive. Pay to park during the summer: Daily and weekly passes are available. Features include concessions, volleyball courts and restrooms.

South Haven – South Beach
Located across the river from North Beach on Monroe Drive. All of the same parking fees and features apply as with North Beach.

South Haven – Packard Park
Located on North Shore Drive, Packard Park has a beach setting on one side and a park setting on the other, with a playground, picnic tables, and restrooms.

South Haven also has: Elkenburg Park, Kid’s Corner, the Public Boat Launch & Black River Park Riverfront Park, and Stanley Johnston Park.

For more detail, see South Haven Michigan Beaches and Parks.

Note: South Haven participates in beach water quality sampling. For MDEQ Beach status, make a selection: