South Haven Facts

History South Haven Michigan

The South Haven area is a 12 mile by 20 mile corridor located in Southwest Michigan along Interstate 196 on the shores of Lake Michigan. It stretches from Covert Township at the south end to Casco Township on the north end and the City of South Haven on the west end to the city of Gobles on the east end.

Area Description
South Haven is a quaint port city located on beautiful Lake Michigan with many public parks & beaches. The Michigan Maritime Museum and the Center for the Arts are among the featured attractions. The Black River Harbor offers over 2,000 slips for the transient, seasonal boaters. Dozens of golf courses, the National Blueberry Festival, unique shopping, antique shops, live theater, and arts & crafts fairs add to South Haven's offerings.

Driving Distances To South Haven
Chicago 110 miles
Indianapolis 180 miles
Detroit 160 miles
St. Louis 389 miles
Toledo 189 miles
Mackinaw Island 315 miles
Milwaukee 208 miles

The Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport and the Gerald R. Ford International Airport are served by many of the major airline carriers. Kalamazoo is 30 miles southeast of South Haven while Grand Rapids is 60 miles Northeast. The South Haven Bus Station is serviced by Greyhound Bus Lines. Air strips for non-commercial planes are located at the South Haven Regional Airport.

Recreational Activities
Warm weather recreation in the South Haven area includes beachcombing, boating, sailing, golfing, hiking, sunbathing, fishing, biking, jet skiing, in-line skating, kayaking, canoeing, farmers markets, wine tasting and tours, picnicking, dinner cruises, horseback riding, and u-picks (blueberries, peaches, grapes, apples, cherries). Winter activities include, wine tasting and tours, ice fishing, ice skating, skiing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, holiday tree cutting activities and massages to ward away the winter blues.

With more than 700 rooms in the area, accommodations range from country inns and B&B's, to hotels, condominiums, cottages, homes, resorts, and budget motels.

Dining Facilities
More than 40 restaurants and eateries in the area. Everything from fine dining to casual family dining.

The South Haven area features over 35 specialty shops. Boutique type shopping in South Haven include fashion, specialty foods, unique gifts, art galleries, sportswear, and sporting equipment.

Icebreaker, Harborfest, Festival of Cars, National Blueberry Festival, Lawrence Ox Roast, Paw Paw Wine and Harvest, Bangor Apple Festival, Fall Fest.

Fresh water fun begins with boating. Crafts of all types are invited including power, sail, pontoon and aluminum. Don’t forget jet skiing, canoeing, and kayaking too. The sunset coast is the perfect playground for water sports.

Give new life to that old fishing story while fishing for steelhead, lake trout, salmon, and perch. Try any number of U.S. Coast Guard approved captains for a sport fishing trip on the Great Lake. The charters in our area can let you sit back, relax and have the captain take you where the fish are. Pack a lunch and a cool drink and make sure to bring a camera.

Local ski resorts offer a great winter adventure. Ski all day but take a break to sit by the fire and warm your toes. Enjoy great restaurants and cocktails inside. Get physical and try some cross-country skiing on Southwest Michigan’s beautiful trails. And, if you’re up from some real adventure rent a snowboard for the first time!

Family Fun
South Haven is a four-season town featuring great entertainment, shopping, dining, activities and events for family and friends of all ages. Whether you’re a family that likes to snow ski, ice skate, horseback ride, enjoys cultural attractions, or just likes to hang out, South Haven will have you coming back time and time again.

Welcome to wine country. Follow the Southwest Michigan Wine Trail and visit several of the surrounding area wineries that offer free tours, free tasting and loads of information on Michigan’s varied wines. While you’re there, visit a vineyard and inn for a weekend of romance, relaxation and award-winning vintages.

Winter Magic
Winter in South Haven is a time for browsing, shopping, cozying up to a crackling fireplace, getting a massage, soaking in a whirlpool – just plain relaxing. With an ice rink, Icebreaker Festival, dinner theatre, live entertainment, and dining there are plenty of places to go and things to do when you spend some winter time here.

Agricultural Products
Whether its World Famous blueberries for your pie or crunchy apples to dip in hot caramel, you’ll be treated to a day of fun at any of our U-Pick farms or farm markets. Local farmers offer inexpensive self-selecting fruit excursions seasonally. You’ll be delighted at choosing the perfect berry and maybe sampling a few along the way.

Golf the greens along Lake Michigan’s shoreline with traditional style courses, along with championship courses including Arthur Hills and Arnold Palmer designs. Play some of the most beautiful and challenging courses in Southwest Michigan. Offering dining, cocktails, golf outings, parties, banquets, business meetings and wedding receptions. Tee off to a great time!

Climate Info


Lodging Assistance
Call 800.SO.HAVEN and a South Haven Visitors Bureau staff member will be happy to help you with your lodging needs, or you can click on the Availability button at the top of this page. 

South Haven/Van Buren County Convention and Visitors Bureau
546 Phoenix Street
South Haven, MI 49090
Phone: 269 637-5252