The Historic Association of South Haven has started the historic preservation project to renovate the South Haven Harbor Lighthouse. The first phase of the project will address corrosion issues that threaten the structure. When complete, the maintenance project will help preserve the lighthouse for many years into the future.
Interior metal will be sandblasted to remove rust. Repair will be made to areas where metal has corroded. The interior will be
The southwest portion of the Lake Michigan Water Trail is from the Michigan/Indiana state line to Holland, Michigan. You will paddle along spectacular sand dunes, wilderness areas and quaint beach towns providing many opportunities to eat, shop, play and rest. Most of the beach towns are marked with historic lighthouses. Beach towns include New Buffalo, Bridgman, St. Joseph, Benton Harbor, South Haven,
The Bangor South Haven Heritage Water Trail is a paddlecraft route following the Black River from Bangor to South Haven . Note that the route between Bangor and CR 384 has many downed trees and requires many portages to pass them. From CR 384 to South Haven is listed as clear, but this can change as trees topple into the water.
Can you imagine South Haven without a lighthouse? It could happen. For more than a century, South Haven’s popular beacon has lured hundreds of thousands of people and boats to our shores. It has become synonymous with our town’s name.
But after more than a century of battling harsh winter weather and Lake Michigan’s waves, our lighthouse needs extensive repair and restoration. It might look just fine on the outside, with a fresh coat of paint applied in
The South Haven Harborwalk is a popular place to get your steps. If you enjoy walking or jogging for fitness, and like to see others out doing the same thing, the Harborwalk is the place to be.
Start at any point on the Harborwalk, walk to the South Haven Lighthouse, then all the way around to the end of the North Pier and back to where you started. That is four miles, and depending on your stride length, about 10,000 steps. On the way, stop at
The South Haven Farm Market is an easy way to get local, fresh food within walking distance of South Haven Municipal Marinas. (See Downtown Map Here)
The mission of the South Haven Farm Market is to operate a vibrant farm market that contributes to the success of local food growers and products that strengthen the local economy, serving as a commuity gathering place. Agriculture is an important part of our local heitage,and we
Active Captain is a boating information system that allows the user to rate and comment on harbor facilities. Click on the image below to go to the Active Captain site showing South Haven. You will need to login or register to have full functionality.
Check the Weather. Weather on the Great Lakes can change quickly. High winds and accompanying waves can easily swamp small watercraft. Before heading out, be sure to check local marine weather conditions, such as those available with the National Weather Service.
Buddy Up. Paddling alone is unwise. Even the most experienced paddler can run into trouble. Having a buddy along will increase safety.
Have a plan. Make a plan and give it to someone who is
Fueling of floating marine craft with gasoline or diesel at other than a marine motor-fuel dispensing facility is prohibited under the International Fire Prevention Code, except as approved by the South Haven Area Emergency Services Fire Marshall. Contact the Fire Marshall at 269-637-5151 for any questions regarding fueling in South Haven Harbor.
Currently there are two approved fueling sites in South Haven Harbor: All Seasons Marine and South Haven Yacht