The Maritime District is a big part of what makes South Haven the beautiful, picturesque destination it is. During the day, fisherman, sun-seekers, sportsmen and the like can be seen floating by on their way to the Big Lake. In even a light breeze, the Harbor is filled with the sounds of sailboats at dock, their lines and riggings ringing like bells, beckoning you to walk amongst them. The Maritime District is made up of the marinas, parks, businesses, and publics spaces along Black River's Harbor.
The history made on the shores and in these very waters can be explored at every turn. Peppered throughout the District are beautiful, historical plaques telling the story of South Haven's growth from industry town to summer hot-spot.
The Michigan Maritime Museum sits near the Dyckman Avenue Bascule Bridge. It's campus is brimming with tales of the waters of Lake Michigan, from it's depths to it's crests. The Friend's Goodwill and The Lindy Lou both call docks on the campus home. As it meanders through the Harbor, The Lindy Lou's captain regails you will stories of the Harbor's past and what it has become today. South Haven's famous tall-ship, Friends Goodwill, sets sail daily, including magnificent sunset cruises. Captain Lou's, between the Bascule Bridge and the Museum, is a favorite dockside hangout of locals and vacationers alike with live music on summer weekends.
Besides the Municipal Marinas, several privately owned Marinas dot the Harbor. The South Haven Yacht Club is located just upriver from the Southside Transient Marina and offers outdoor dining to it's members. The Yacht Club also features a fueling dock, for members and non-members alike. All Seasons Marine, located next to the Northside'shorseshoe-shaped basin, also provides a fueling dock. The Ships Store is also a great place to pick up boating supplies like safety equipment, accessories, parts, and more.
Old Harbor Villlage, featuring Old Habor Inn, The Perfect Setting, Flamingo Island T-Shirts, Black Pearl, Warner's Vineyard Tasting Room, Harborwear, and a new yogurt shop, is also home to both The Idler Riverboat and Admiral Jack's. These two riverboat bar and grilles offer a great chance to take in the sights with a cold one and burger in hand.