South Haven Harbor News

DNR Fishing Report for Southwest Michigan

Click for the most recent DNR Fishing Report for Southwest Michigan

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South Haven Lighthouse Preservation Project Begins

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

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Lake Michigan Water Trail

Lake Michigan Water Trail Southwest

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,

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Campaign to Preserve the South Haven Lighthouse

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

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10,000 Steps in South Haven

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

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Active Captain - South Haven Harbor

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.

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Harbortown Wifi

South Haven Municipal Marina provides free wifi coverage in the downtown and beach areas of South Haven.

Look for the Harbortown access point, and click on the consent button on your web browser.

Harbortown Wifi is available in these locations:

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2015 South Haven Harbor Soundings

2015 Harbor Soundings from the Army Corps of Engineers are now available for South Haven Channel and the South Haven Harbor.

The numbers indicate the bottom depth below Low Water Datum (IGLD 1985), which is at 577.5.

In order to estimate actual depth, go to the Lake Michigan/Huron Monthly Water Levels page.

The left column shows feet above or below the Low Water Datum.  Find the current month level and add or subtract it to the number on the soundings

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Great Lakes Paddling Safety

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

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Fueling in South Haven Harbor

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

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Transformation of South Haven Harbor

Transformation of South Haven Harbor


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Black River Park Master Plan

In November, 2014, City Council approved the Black River Park Master Plan, which is a concept plan for future development of Black River Park Boat Launch and Marina.

Since that time, the City has been working on application for grant funding for driveway improvements, restroom improvements, an accessible paddlecraft launch and two new piers at the boat launch.  All of these projects will help move this facility toward completion of the master plan.

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Kalamazoo River Oil Spill: Five Years Later, Presentation by Beth Wallace, September 30

Kalamazoo River Oil Spill: Five Years Later

In July of 2010, the worst oil spill on inland waters in U.S. history occurred on the Kalamazoo River near Marshall, MI. To mark this anniversary, Two Rivers Coalition (TRC) will host Beth Wallace speaking on “The Kalamazoo River Oil Spill: Five Years Later” on Wednesday, September 30. The event will be held at 7:00 PM at the Van Buren Conference Center at 490 S. Paw Paw Street in Lawrence, MI. The Conference

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Trail Towns Planning Meeting - September 30

South Haven to Participate in Unique Trail-Based Economic Development Planning Initiative

Local officials and trail advocates working to explore new ways to expand trail-based tourism and provide accessibility; public meeting scheduled for September 30th. Trail enthusiasts, business leaders and citizens interested in the economic potential of trail-based tourism in South Haven are encouraged to participate in a public meeting on Wednesday, September 30 at

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Black River Preserve Community Paddle


Saturday, September 19, 2015
Guided Hike: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Picnic Lunch: 11:30 a.m.
Guided River Paddle: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Black River Preserve, Geneva Township, Van Buren County

Please join us in celebrating the diverse wonders that Black River Preserve offers with a guided hike, picnic, and river paddle!
SWMLC is in the process of creating public access infrastructure

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