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Three of the Best Campgrounds in South Haven

Published: 6/29/2018 by South Haven Visitors Bureau

Not many travelers realize there are places to camp around South Haven. While our town is full of hotels and bed and breakfasts, camping in South Haven is one of the best ways to spend a summer weekend. You’ll find several different RV parks, family-friendly campgrounds, camping cabins, and even some primitive camping spots throughout the South Haven area. Pitch your tent, grab your s’mores supplies and get ready for South Haven-style camping!


Kal-Haven Outpost

Kal-Haven Outpost recently opened in 2017 by two friends with a passion for camping. You’ll find both full-hook up RV sites throughout the park and primitive tent sites set back in the shady trees. The campground also features brand-new camping cabins complete with modern amenities in groups of six surrounding a community bonfire pit. Larger groups can rent the onsite duplex or house that can sleep up to nine or 10 people and have all the amenities of a modern home. You’ll also have plenty to do with the property’s location on the Kal-Haven trail, horseshoe pits, volleyball nets, and a camp store with alcohol for purchase on site.


Kal-Haven's Willow Room


Jensen’s RV Park & Motel

Jensen’s RV Park & Motel is a family-owned campground and motel that has been a South Haven vacation destination since the 1920s. You’ll automatically feel the family-friendly and welcoming vibe the minute you come to Jensen’s. The campground consists of over 80 RV sites including full hook-up, pop-up and seasonal sites. There’s also a well-maintained motel located in the center of the park that provides another affordable accommodation option. The park features clean public restrooms with showers, wireless internet, access to First Street Beach and a recreation hall to get to know other campers. Even with downtown South Haven nearby, the park still maintains a quiet atmosphere for a relaxing vacation.


Yogi Bear’s Jellystone

The whole family will love all the things to do and the variety of places to stay at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone. You’ll get to choose from several different primitive and hook-up tent sites, full hook-up RV sites, and camping cottages and cabins. This campground is more like a resort with a swimming pool on the property, an outdoor theater, playground, cafe and daily activities and games for kids and adults. You may even be lucky enough to be there on a themed weekend like their Wet and Wild Week or Christmas in July. The community feel of this campground is what attracts families and groups here. You may even make some friends at a community barbecue or during a game of sand volleyball. The activities here are endless and you’ll never be bored during your vacation at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone.


More Campgrounds & Primitive Camping Spots in and Around South Haven


Van Buren State Park

Van Buren State Park is one of the largest campgrounds in the area with 220 modern sites. Located just steps away from Lake Michigan, this is the perfect spot to stay if you plan on spending time at the beach. Each site is pet-friendly, has electric hookups for RVs, a picnic table and a fire pit. Within walking distance of your site, there are modern showers and restrooms and a day use area with grills and a picnic shelter. Tackle the massive dune that is there and feel like you own the world! Then run back down for a thrilling adventure!


Running down the big dune at Van Buren State Park


Cousins RV Park

Cousins RV Park is nestled on the north side of South Haven surrounded by shady trees and a homey atmosphere. This campground is only for RVs and pop-up campers with full hook up sites available. Along with full bathrooms and laundry facilities, there’s also an onsite clubhouse stocked with games and a kitchen for cooking group meals. You’ll also be just a half mile from biking on the Kal-Haven Trail and about a mile from North Beach. Cousins is also a great campground for seasonal RV sites if you plan on camping all summer long.


Black River Trails Campground

Across the street from the Black River Preserve and nestled on the Black River Heritage Water Trail is where you’ll find this campground. If you love exploring the outdoors, Black River Trails Campground is surrounded by South Haven’s natural scenery. There are tent, small camper and cabin sites all with electric and water available and either a view of the forest or river. If you don’t own a tent, the park offers teepee style tents that you can rent in addition to your site fee. The campground is full of things to do with canoe and kayak rentals on-site, fishing, hiking at the preserve, and local beaches just a short drive from the campground.


Covert Park Beach & Campground

Nothing says summer like sleeping among the dunes. Covert Park Beach & Campground is located just ten minutes from South Haven in the small town of Covert. While it may be one of the smaller campgrounds in the area, you’ll enjoy a quieter environment covered by shady trees. The pet-friendly campground has a total of 62 sites, including primitive sites deeper in the woods and developed sites with water and electric hook-ups for RVs. Get a group together and reserve Covert’s group site for up to 16 people or one of their four on-site cabins. The beach is only a five-minute walk from the campsites and you can rent paddleboards and kayaks right at the campground.


Covert KOA

The award-winning Covert KOA has everything you need for a fun and relaxing vacation in South Haven. Covert KOA offers a variety of full hookup RV sites, primitive tent sites and cabins. This KOA is extremely family and pet-friendly with on-site amenities and activities including a pool, dog park, fishing pond, bike rentals, volleyball nets, movie nights, hayrides and more. You’ll also never run out of food with a cafe on the property that delivers to your campsite. If the on-site activities aren’t enough, the campground is just 15 minutes away from local beaches, the Kal-Haven trail and Downtown South Haven.


Kal-Haven RV Park

Both RV-ers and tent campers are welcome at Kal-Haven RV Park. What makes this campground unique is that it’s located right on the Kal-Haven Trail and the Black River. This means you’ll have endless opportunities for biking, hiking, tubing, fishing and boating during your camping days. All the RV sites have sewer, water and electric. In a separate area of the campground, there are several primitive tent camping sites for different group sizes. Pets are welcome at Kal-Haven and its located just a half mile from the beach and a quarter mile from Downtown South Haven.


Camping is just one of the many ways to experience South Haven for more than just a day trip. Nothing beats exploring Michigan’s great outdoors while having South Haven’s wonderful downtown area to explore nearby. Start planning your trip today with information on all of our places to stay.

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