Enjoying the Great Outdoors

While a peaceful day on the beach is the way some choose to spend their time in South Haven, others may choose a more active itinerary. To cater to those who seek more of a thrill out of their stay, the activites below are just some of the many ways to enjoy your time with us.


  • SoHa Surf Shop is a great stop to get outfitted for your next open water excursion, you can even rent paddleboards or get a lesson in kiteboarding when the weather permits. Check out their site for more information on rentals.
  • Outpost Sports has Kayaks, Boogie Boards, Skim Boards, and Paddleboards for rent, as well as a wide-selection of sporting accessories.


Parks and Trails

  • Kal-Haven Trail State Park - Trailhead off of Wells, behind the Courthouse
    • 33-mile long former raised railroad bed with a limestone slag surface stretches from South Haven to Kalamazoo
  • VanBuren Trail - Trailhead on Lovejoy, easily accessed from Downtown
    • 14-mile long dirt, gravel, and asphalt trail between South Haven and Hartford
  • Van Buren State Park - 3 miles south of South Haven on Lake Michigan
    • 1 mile of sandy beach, picnic areas, camping, and playground
  • Stanley Johnston Park - Overlooking the Maritime Museum Campus and Black River Harbor
    • Picnic shelter, basketball courts, playground and large grassy expanses with tall, shady trees
  • Kid's Corner - On J.R. Monroe Avenue, overlooking South Beach
    • Playground and Picnic Areas w/shelter
  • Casco Township Nature Preserve w/Beach Access - On Bluestar Highway, 2 miles north of South Haven
    • 8-acre nature preserve with walking trail and picnic area, overlooking a secluded beach with stair access