The Harborwalk

The Harborwalk begins at the North pierhead lighthouse, follows the river up to the drawbridge, and then back around the Harbor towards the South pierhead lighthouse. Along the way you'll find plaques featuring the stories of South Haven's transformation, from an industrial laketown to a bustling turn-of-the-century resort town to the peaceful getaway it is today. From the ships that carried goods to and from the Windy City to the Native American Tribes that once called this area home, each plaque will reveal another layer to South Haven's deep history.

 

Along The Harborwalk, you'll find Riverfront Park, Stanley Johnston Park, and both the North and South Beaches. You'll also pass throughthe Michigan Maritime Museum campus, where you'll have a chance to learn about the rich maritime heritage of Lake Michigan, tour historic vessels, and even book a seat on theFriends Goodwill, South Haven's famous Tallship. The Lindy Lou, also docked at the Museum, is a real treat if you're looking for a tour of the Harbor and Black River.

 

 

The Dyckman Avenue Drawbridge, which recently received a major overhaul, was built in 1967 and is the only way to cross from the River's North bank to the South bank within the City's downtown area. In the summer months, it opens every half hour for masted vessels, as needed, from 7am to 11pm, seven days a week.

 

 

 

Marking the two endpoints of the Harborwalk are the Lighthouses. The North Pierhead lighthouse is smaller and green, while the South Pierhead lighthouse is bigger and red. You'll also see the old catwalk that allowed the light keepers to stay afoot during the wild, crazy weather that Lake Michigan has been known to toss our way. From the Harborwalk, you can also see the old lightkeeper's house atop the hill overlooking South Beach.