South Haven Harbor News

South Haven’s ‘Light up the Lake’ Fireworks, July 3, 10:30 p.m.

The evening before Independence Day, South Haven holds a spectacular display of fireworks over Lake Michgan.

Starting at 10:30 p.m. on July 3, the fireworks are expected to last for about a half hour.

The harbor will be full of boat traffic on its way to anchor out in Lake Michigan for the best view.

The event is expected to cost $34,000.  Light Up the Lake Fireworks is funded entirely by donors from the community.  

Donate to the Fireworks Fund at

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DNR Fishing Report for Southwest Michigan

Click for the most recent DNR Fishing Report for Southwest Michigan

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Black River Clean Up - June 13

The Bangor South Haven Heritage Water Trail will be holding a Black River Cleanup Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 13, 2015.  Meet at the CR 384 access site.

2015 Heritage Water Trail River WORK-DAY


Come and marvel at “Our Black River” while we “tame the wildness” of downfallen trees, just enough to provide a “Pathway for Paddlers” for this summer and fall! Once again, a “season of volunteer work” is planned on five (5) Saturdays: May 30,

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Natural Shoreline Planting

Natural Shoreline Landscaping

Lakeshore development has caused significant adverse effects on fish and wildlife habitat and water quality in many Midwest lakes (EPA 2007). The Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership (MNSP) was formed in 2008 to promote the use of natural landscaping and erosion control to protect Michigan’s inland lakes. The partnership brings together technical expertise and organizational support to address informational, educational and

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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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SHOUT Volunteers Plant Bridge Flowers

A big thank you to the volunteers from SHOUT, who plant and maintain the flowers on Dyckman Bridge every year.  You make the bridge look beautiful and your efforts are greatly appreciated!


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Deer on North Pier

This is video sent to us by viewer Samantha Secord, from Mattawan, showing us what she saw at 6 a.m. Monday at the South Haven Pier. Apparently a handful of deer made their

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2015 Queen’s Cup - Sailboat Race Across Lake Michigan, Milwaukee to South Haven

South Haven Municipal Marina welcomes the 2015 Queen's Cup yachting race to South Side Marina on Friday, June 26 and Saturday, June 27.  This is the 77th annual Queen's Cup event.

The event is organized by South Shore Yacht Club in Milwaukee, and the South Haven Yacht Club hosts the finish celebration. 

The annual overnight sprint across Lake Michigan starts in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Friday, June 26th and finishes in South Haven, Michigan on Saturday,

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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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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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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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Memorial Day Weekend

The weather is looking good for the weekend.  This should be a great Memorial Day holiday!





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2015 Heritage Water Trail River Work Day, Saturdays Throughout the Summer

Bangor South Haven Heritage Water Trail

Come and marvel at “Our Black River” while we “tame the wildness” of downfallen trees, just enough to provide a “Pathway for Paddlers” for this summer and fall!

Once again, a “season of volunteer work” is planned on five (5) Saturdays:  May 30, June 6, June 13, June 20, and June 27 from 10:00 AM to 3: 00 PM beginning at our “staging area” at the Basic Family Access site on CR 384.

Bring a canoe or kayak, life

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Blessing of the Fleet - Friends Good Will Begins Season, May 22

The Friends Good Will is blessed & begins another season of sailing! The blessing will be followed by a Fish Fry at the Michigan Maritime Museum.

5:30 p.m., Friday, May 22 at the Michigan Maritime Museum.

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South Haven Steelheaders Pro Am Fishing Tournament

The South Haven Steelheaders Pro-Am Fishing Tournament enjoyed some excellent weather and great times were had by all. Click here for competition results. There were a total of 726 fish caught, weighing in at 4,633.8 pounds. 

Here are some pictures of the event on Saturday:















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