Local Information

Sunset is best viewed with an ice cream cone in hand, perched on the edge of the North Pier, feet dangling above the Black River's peaceful waters. Sending a member of your party ahead for a table at your favorite joint is a must. The Kal-Haven Trail is a great way to explore another side of South Haven. These are just some of answers you'll here from locals when asked about advice for someone visiting from out of town. Our staff is here to help in any way possible. We want you to enjoy your stay in our beautiful town, so whether it's a dinner recommendation, or a question about South Haven's rich history, ask us and we'll be glad to assist you! 

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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Nik-a-nong - Algonquin Legends of South Haven

The book "A History of Van Buren County" by Oran W. Rowland includes a chapter "Algonquin Legends of South Haven, By Chief Pokagon" which reads as follows:



By Chief Pokagon.

No more for us the wild deer bounds;
The Plough is on our hunting grounds.

Our traditional account of South Haven given us by ki-os-ag (our forefathers) was held as sacred by them as Holy Writ by the white man. Long, long bi-bong (years) ago

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Bangor South Haven Heritage Water Trail

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.

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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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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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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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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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Myrtle Beach International Film Festival in South Haven

The Third Annual Myrtle Beach International Film Festival in South Haven will take place September 2nd - 5th at the Michigan Theater in South Haven, Michigan .  Films from around the world will be showcased.  The MBIFF has received prestigious national and international awards which include recognition as one of the Top 25 film festivals to submit to by Movie Maker Magazine. 

The MBIFF has received some prestigious awards in the national as well as

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Flywheelers Antique Engine and Tractor Show, September 10 - 13

Antique Engine & Tractor Show
The 32nd annual Antique Engine and Tractor show will be held Thursday, Sept. 10 through Sunday, Sept. 13. One of the largest shows of its kind in the state, the event draws hundreds of antique tractors and engines collectors from all over the country. Working displays like the shingle and saw mill, exhibits like the Farm History Building and of course, parades, games, crafts and a huge flea market are all part of the show.


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Black River Water Trail Volunteers Needed Saturday, August 22

Water Trail Volunteers Urgently Needed This Saturday!  8/22/15
Volunteers are needed this Saturday 8/22/15 at the Basic Access (CR 384)
Let’s Make This Happen! 
We are in the process of making the site handicapped accessible! 
Excavating has been done and now we need to do some “hands on” work.

Work will begin at 9 am and go through the day.
Come when you can/leave when you need to. 
Please bring the following:  
Rake and/or shovel
Sack lunch and

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Michigan Maritime Museum Fundraiser - Fish Boil

Join the friends and fans of the Michigan Maritime Museum in a Fish Boil on Saturday, June 18 from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.  

Enjoy a delicious fish dinner on the deck overlooking South Haven Harbor!

All proceeds benefit the Michigan Maritime Museum.

260 Dyckman Ave, South Haven, Michigan

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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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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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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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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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