Van Buren State Park to South Haven

South Haven, Michigan

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The Van Buren State Park has a beautiful 1-mile long beach with sand dunes and dune bluffs that rise 50 to 100 feet up from the lake. At about Mile 1.0 you will see the remains of an old pier or dock, roughly marking the end of public land. For the next 3.0 miles you will be paddling along private beaches. With the exception of the state park and the South Haven Public Beach, most of the land along this route is private so you will need to enjoy the view of the dune bluffs and sand beaches from the water. South Haven has a great public beach and a long harbor breakwall with lighthouse and raised catwalk.
Guide to Sea Kayaking on Lakes Superior & Michigan

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Guide to Sea Kayaking on Lakes Superior & Michigan

by Bill Newman, Sarah Ohmann, & Don Dimond (The Globe Pequot Press)

The Van Buren State Park has a beautiful 1-mile long beach with sand dunes and dune bluffs that rise 50 to 100 feet up from the lake. At about Mile 1.0 you will see the remains of an old pier or dock, roughly marking the end of public land. For the next 3.0 miles you will be paddling along private beaches.

With the exception of the state park and the South Haven Public Beach, most of the land along this route is private so you will need to enjoy the view of the dune bluffs and sand beaches from the water. South Haven has a great public beach and a long harbor breakwall with lighthouse and raised catwalk.

©  Bill Newman, Sarah Ohmann, & Don Dimond/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: South Haven
Distance: 5
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Part day
Season: Spring to fall, weather permitting
Local Contacts: Van Buren State Park 616-637-2788
Local Maps: NOAA 14905, USGS: Van Buren County at 1:100,000
Driving Directions: Directions to Van Buren State Park to South Haven

Recent Trail Reviews

9/2/2009
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Paddled this route in late summer before work one day. Took about three hours from Van Buren to the light at South Haven and back. Nice scenery most of the way, the only problem was all the private land between put-in and South Haven. Still, worth the hour drive from Kalamazoo.



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