On Water Experiences

Paddle Boarding Lake Michigan

Rent a kayak, journey out on a fishing charter, relax on a cruise, and enjoy the beauty of Lake Michigan!

Adventure Water Sports

141 Dunkley Avenue - South Haven
Phone: (269) 214-6723
Specializing in Watercraft Rentals Since 1986. Take an Adventure and Explore Beautiful Lake Michigan & the Dunes! We offer Boat, Jet Ski, Dinghy and Pontoon Rentals by Reservation (Tubes also available for rent with our watercrafts) Full Instruction with all rentals for a safe, exciting and memorable experience!

Arvesta Sports Complex

06464 Arvesta Drive - South Haven
Phone: (269) 637-6464
Located just 4 miles from downtown South Haven, Lake Arvesta has amazing water attractions including two wibbit inflatable aqua parks and a full-size cable park - giving guests the opportunity to learn how to wakeboard, water ski, and kneeboard. Also features indoor and outdoor pickleball courts. Lake Arvesta Farms offers a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces that can host private events for up to 300 people. Scenic views and serene surroundings paired with outdoor adventure make Lake Arvesta Farms a unique venue for weddings, social events, corporate outings or events, conferences, trade shows, or other large group events. 

Bangor-South Haven Heritage Water Trail

PO Box 676 - South Haven
This water trail is one of 9 designated heritage water trails in Michigan, offering 15 interpretive signs along the river. There are two “family-friendly” sections on this 23-mile water trail. The section between County Road 687 and the Basic Family Access (CR 384) is called the "wilderness section," and paddlers can expect obstacles, major ones.


260 Dyckman Avenue - South Haven
Phone: 269-637-8078
Bernida is a Universal Rule R Class Sloop and a thoroughbred racing yacht.  She made her way to the Great Lakes in 1925 and won the inaugural Bayview-Port Huron Mackinac Race later that summer.  She won again in 1927. After refurbishment in 2010, she entered the Bayview-Port Huron to Mackinac Race in 2012 and repeated her victory of 87 years before. She was donated to the Michigan Maritime Museum within weeks of her triumph. She is fast and elegant; like the 1920’s. Come join the Museum and the crew to experience Bernida yourself!

Black River Cruises

600 Virginia Avenue - South Haven
Phone: 616-340-7298
Kayak, paddleboard, canoe and dinghy rentals. Delivery is available within 40 miles of launch location.

Black River Park and Boat Launch

132 Dunkley Avenue - South Haven
Phone: (269) 637-0772
Enjoy a day along the river!  This park sports a really nice kayak launch, so you can easily get into your kayak and on the water without getting wet. It's also the perfect spot to jump onto the Bangor/South Haven Heritage Water Trail and travel up the river enjoying the natural sights. It's even handicapped accessible so everyone can have the chance to enjoy this serene park.

Black River Yacht Club

290 Oak Street - South Haven
The Black River Yacht Club South Haven's premium boat slips are perfect for you and your family. BRYC is located on the Black River just a few blocks off the picturesque shores of North Beach on Lake Michigan in South Haven, Michigan. Our premium boat slips offer an up-to-date clubhouse with a meeting room, restrooms, and showers for all of our members, renters and their guests.

Blue Water Boat Rentals

525 Kentucky Avenue - South Haven
Phone: (269) 872-3249
Enhance your South Haven vacation experience with a boat rental from Blue Water Boat Rentals. With over 35 years of experience and safety being our #1 priority, we make your adventure hassle free so you can relax! All of our power boats, jet skis, pontoons, and dinghies are clean, fueled and in the water waiting for you! Golf carts are available for rent as well. 4 seats, 6 seats, and 8 seats are available.

Elsie J

394 Dyckman Avenue - South Haven
Phone: (269) 470-6100
Take a relaxing tour on the Elsie J, the one and only 1945 fishing tug that has been owned by the Jensen family for three generations. We offer sunset cruises, private cruises and scuba diving trips. Bob is a licensed Captain and scuba instructor.

Friends Good Will

260 Dyckman Avenue - South Haven
Phone: (269) 637-8078
Friends Good Will is a replica of a top sail merchant sloop that plied the waters of the Great Lakes in the early 19th century. Staff and volunteer crew, dressed in period clothes, offer passengers a glimpse into the life and operations of a Great Lakes sailor. Friends Good Will offers historical sails, pirate chaser sails, sunset sails, and even acts as a classroom for school groups to learn about early Michigan history and the Great Lakes.

Guy's Marine

210 North West Coloma - Coloma
Phone: (269) 468-3120
We carry Ski, Sport, Super Sport Nautique, boat storage, pontoon boats, wake boards, Correct craft, Harris Flotebote, Hewitt manufacturing, lift docks, adjustable aluminum stair system, water ski's, ski ropes, life jackets, Curtis snowplows, boat brokerage, sales, storage, repairs, all in downtown Coloma, a few miles from Paw Paw Lake. Pontoon rentals!

IT-IL-DO & Red Baron Charters

345 Water Street, Slip #26 - South Haven
Phone: (269) 214-6934
Fish for salmon, steelhead, trout and perch.  We offer trips on a 33' Tiara Sport Fisherman and 30' Cherokee Charter Edition. Sunset cruises available.

Lake Michigan Adventures

205 Broadway - South Haven
Phone: (833) 468-3861
Create some memories in Southwestern Michigan with family, friends and coworkers and book your fun with Lake Michigan Adventures. Bike along the beach, take group Surrey ride around town, kayak the Paw Paw and St. Joe rivers, enjoy a leisurely pontoon cruise, grab some waves on a Jetski, walk on water with a lily pad, or relax on the beach chair under an umbrella. Rent a street legal golf cart or book a stay at a fantastic vacation home in South Haven, and much much more along the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan.


Lindy Lou

260 Dyckman Avenue - South Haven
Phone: (269) 637-8078
Lindy Lou takes passengers up and down the river, giving them a perspective of South Haven from city to country, from the present into the past. She offers the chance to recapture those days from the late 1890s through the 1930s when launches plied the Black River, delivering guests to resorts, taking picnickers to up-river parks and pavilions, and generally helping fill the lazy hours of summer with relaxing diversions.

Merry Time

260 Dyckman Avenue - South Haven
Phone: (269) 637-8078
Merry Time is a 1929 Chris Craft Cadet made of gorgeous mahogany. One of just over 1,000 Chris Craft Cadets built since 1927, the boat, hull number 1886, is capable of travelling as fast as 35 mph. Today this classic beauty takes Michigan Maritime Museum visitors out for a ride unlike any other.
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South Haven/Van Buren County Convention and Visitors Bureau
546 Phoenix Street
South Haven, MI 49090
Phone: 269 637-5252