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Outdoor Activities

It starts with Lake Michigan, of course, but the outdoor experiences don’t end there and aren’t limited to summer. Although summer is a popular time to visit South Haven for fishing and golfing, visit us in the winter for skiing, snowmobiling and snowboarding. Take a bike on the 34-mile Kal-Haven Trail connecting Kalamazoo and South Haven. Visit West Michigan’s beaches and inland lakes. If you love a thrill, you can also experience water sports and boating on West Michigan’s pristine beaches. Go horseback riding, tour an alpaca farm or get lost in a corn maze. And remember that picking fruit can be an active pursuit, and the fruit of your labor, is, well… you get the idea.

Adams Farms

69676 County Road 376 - Hartford
Phone: (269) 214-0873
Stop in any time for U-Pick, and keep an eye on the weather; it is usually wet in the mornings and it gets hot in the afternoons in late August. We are certified organic for some crops. Organic blueberries, Maple Syrup from trees on the farm, u-pick or already picked, restrooms, picnic area.

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!

All Seasons Marine

234 Black River Street - South Haven
Phone: (269) 637-3655
We have a Complete Ships Store offering a vast array of items to meet all your boating, leisure, and watersports needs including: Parts and Hardware, Electronics, Safety Equipment, Cabin and Galley Appliances, Trailer Accessories, Maintenance Supplies, and lots of other equipment and accessories.

Allegan Event Air and Zip

217 Hubbard Street - Allegan
Phone: (269) 430-3961
We have two 600' Ziplines Spanning the river. Ascending the North Tower on the Riverfront Plaza guests zip across the river and back for an exciting round-trip experience that lasts around 20 minutes! Once guests have completed the ziplines, they are attached to the QUICKjump and experience approximately 5' of free-fall, then descend to the ground.


Arvesta Sports Complex

5264 CR 687 - 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 featuring indoor and outdoor pickleball courts.


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.

Bauer Raspberries

63221 County Road 652 - Mattawan
Phone: (269) 668-4842
Raspberries (red), raspberries (Autumn, red), already picked produce. Late July-November

Beeches Golf Club

09601 68th Street - South Haven
Phone: (269) 637-600
Championship 18-hole public golf course. Full pro shop and large practice faciity available for tournaments and outings. Grill and bar with indoor/outdoor seating. Located 2 miles east of South Haven on Phoenix Road then 1.5 miles south on 68th Street. Please call for tee times.

Big Dan's U-Pick'em & Farm Market

65980 66th Avenue - Hartford
Phone: (269) 621-4037
Our fruits are ripened on the tree for best possible flavor and taste. Come see just how great peaches and apples can be! Join us and experience the family farm atmosphere with one of our free weekend hayrides in September and October. Free fruit samples and weekend hayrides.

Bitter-Sweet Acres

12960 County Road 665 - Bloomingdale
Phone: (269) 521-6584
Enjoy a horse drawn wagon, sleigh, trolley or carriage ride at your event or on our farm. We do daylight or moonlight rides, please contact us for your reservation.

Bittersweet Ski Area

600 River Road - Otsego
Phone: (269) 694-2820
16 Runs and the fastest lifts. . . sweet! Whatever you need, we have it at the Snowberry Ski Shop, or you can rent what you need from our full-service rental department. Our 2 snack bars, Outdoor grill, Winner’s Circle Lounge, and Copper Leaf Café are ready to serve you so you can get rejuvenated and back on the slopes!

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 Park Fish Cleaning Station

E Wells Street - South Haven
Phone: (269) 637-0775
Located in Black River Park and Boat Launch. Free to use by both residents and visitors. Universally accessible. Free Parking. Two multi-station cleaning tables with grinders, spray hoses and power cords for knives that feed each table from above, a fish scaler, and a cooler cleaning station. 

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.

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.
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South Haven, MI 49090
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