South Haven Marina Blog

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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Dyckman Bridge Schedule

Dyckman Avenue Bascule Bridge will open for boating traffic on the following schedule:

Effective May 15, 2015 the bridge will operate on the hour and half hour as follows:

Monday thru Thursday 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Friday 7:00 a.m. - midnight

Saturday & Sunday 6:00 a.m. - midnight

Holidays 6:00 a.m. – midnight

To arrange for the bridge to be opened at any other time, please call the South Haven Police Department: 269-637-5151.

Bridge Tenders monitor

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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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Flywheelers Blacksmith Hammer In and Swap Meet, June 12 and June 13

2015 Swap Meet/Flea Market & Hammer In 
Friday, June 12 & Saturday, June 13

Michigan Flywheelers Museum

Blacksmiths from all over southwest Michigan spend the weekend pounding iron into works of art. Classes, demonstrations and artwork for sale are available all weekend. Cost is only $2 per day for both events.

Come visit one of the area’s largest outdoor Swap Meet/Flea Market! This two-day event features sellers offering everything from antiques to

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South Haven Harborfest

South Haven Municipal Marina welcomes the Annual Harborfest!

Free live music all weekend, craft fair, food vendors, beer tent, all right on the Harbor and overlooking the South Haven Lighthouse.

The festival is located at the South Side Municipal Marina Riverfront Park from June 18 to 21, 2015.  The event is located on Water Street, between downtown South Haven and South Beach.



Harborfest Schedule of Events:

June 18-21, 2015

(Father's Day

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Festival of Cars - Kruisin for Kylie - Saturday, June 6

The Festival of Cars has drawn as many as 200-350 antique cars, trucks, and bikes to downtown South Haven! Free admission for spectators, donations accepted. Partnered with the Festival of Cars is Kruisin' for Kylie. T-shirts will be for sale & a silent auction will be held. A portion of the proceeds from t-shirt sales & 100% of proceeds from the silent auction will go to Hunt for a Cure, targeting Cystic Fibrosis.


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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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South Haven Farm Market

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

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