Nature Preserves

Enjoy the natural beauty of South Haven's nature preserves. Unplugging is a must!


Black River Preserve

69401-69499 8th Avenue - South Haven
Phone: (269) 324-1600
Over 2 miles of easy-to-difficult hiking trails through forest and wetland - including one mile of river frontage. Whether you are looking for a peaceful retreat to snowshoe or cross-country ski, a vibrant birding hotspot, a colorful show of spring flowers or fall foliage, or just a natural spot where the kids can run around, Black River Preserve is a great place to enjoy the outdoors.

Jeptha Lake Fen

49123 County Road 380 - Grand Junction
Phone: 269-324-1600
49 acres with easy trails and boardwalk through grassland, forest edge and wetlands to lake.

Pilgrim Haven Natural Area

18th Avenue - South Haven
Phone: (269) 324-1600
Pilgrim Haven Natural Area offers a beautiful sample of lakeshore habitats. A barrier-free concrete walk to the beach allows people of all abilities to reach the shore. One-third mile of easy trail through woods and meadows that leads to Lake Michigan overlooks and barrier-free paved access to the beach. Swimming. Wildlife Viewing. Hiking. Snowshoeing. Canoeing/Kayaking.

Porter Legacy Dunes

18th Avenue - South Haven
Phone: 269-324-1600
Located right across from Pilgrim Haven Natural Area. 48 acres of rare, healthy, backdune forest, carpets of native spring wildflowers, winding Dyckman Creek, 1,100 feet of frontage with spectacular natural dune along the Lake Michigan shoreline.

Portman Nature Preserve

49th Avenue - Paw Paw
Phone: (269) 324-1600
The Portman Nature Preserve is an amazing 188 acre mix of woods, meadows and wetlands with frontage on three lakes, a creek and hundreds of springs.  The park supports two federally endangered species, a long list of state-listed plants and animals, and every species of turtle found in Southern Michigan.

Ross Coastal Plain Marsh Preserve

I-196 - Covert
Phone: (517) 316-0300
At 1,500 acres, Ross Preserve is a wonderfully diverse landscape of forested back-dunes, wetlands, ponds and rare coastal plain marshes. Perfect for hiking, birdwatching and cross-country skiing.

Sarett Nature Center

2300 Benton Center Road - Benton Harbor
Phone: (269) 927-4832
Over 5 miles of walking trails that can be explored on your own or with a naturalist. Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and programs for all ages.

Wau-Ke-Na, William Erby Smith Preserve

1599 Lakeshore Drive - Fennville
Phone: (269) 324-1600
Divided into North and South Tracts, Wau-Ke-Na ("forest by the water") features over 3 miles of mowed trails that traverse forests, fields, streams, ponds, bluffs, and Lake Michigan beach. Its fields of prairie grasses and wildflowers provide important nesting habitat for birds - and awesome places for humans to trail-run, cross-country ski, snowshoe, and just generally wander.
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South Haven/Van Buren County Convention and Visitors Bureau
546 Phoenix Street
South Haven, MI 49090
Phone: 269 637-5252
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