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Van Buren State Park

Situated on the shores of Lake Michigan, Van Buren State Park has one mile of sandy beach and high dune formations. It?s the perfect place to lounge on the beach, walk through woodland trails and enjoy a picnic lunch. Located 3 miles south of South Haven, the campground is only minutes away from local shops and restaurants.
Main Number: (269) 637-2788 | TTY Number (text): 711 (Michigan Relay Center)
23960 Ruggles Road
S. Haven 49090 County: Van Buren
Google Map of Van Buren State Park
Driving Directions: From I-96 take Exit 13 W. 1/2 mile, N. on Old Blue Star Hwy. For 4 miles. Left on Cr 380, then left on Ruggles Rd.
  • Recreational Pass Not Required
  • Approx Size: 400 Acres
  • Not ADA accessible
  • Categorized as: State Park
  • Total Number of Sites: 0
Offering: MODERN MINICABIN
Area Information:

South Haven was founded in 1833 by J.R. Monroe (Monroe Blvd). It is located at the mouth of the Black River on Lake Michigan. A premier tourist destination, it has been featured in Midwest Living Magazine, The Chicago Tribune and the Detroit Free Press, as well as many other prominent publications.

Various festivals are held throughout the year including: Harbor Fest (June), The Annual Art Fair (July), The National Blueberry Festival (August), The All Craft Show (Labor Day Weekend) and The Antique Engine & Tractor Show (September).

Those interested in boating or fishing will find public boat launch facilities, charter boat fishing and a marina. In the summer, there are free weekly concerts at Riverfront Park.

Other points of interest include, The Michigan Maritime Museum, The Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum, The Flywheeler Museum, an Art Center and many public golf courses.

For those who enjoy hiking, biking, horseback riding, cross county skiing and snowmobiling, the Kal-Haven Trail is located in the nearby city of South Haven. It is a 33 mile former railroad bed and has a limestone/slag surface. The trail links the city of South Haven to the city of Kalamazoo. Trial users will pass through small towns, cross over bridges and pass through small towns and pass points of historical interest as they travel through Michigan?s beautiful countryside.


Facilities at Van Buren State Park

Picnic Area - Picnic tables and fire pits/grills: The day use area has a picnic area with picnic tables and grills, a picnic shelter and two modern toilet buildings.
Picnic Shelter(s): The picnic shelter is available on a first come first served basis unless reserved. Reservations can be made up to a year in advance by calling 1-800-447-2757 or visiting www.midnrreservations.com.
Playground - These play areas offer a variety of playground equipment for children.: Playscape area in the main day use area is now ADA compliant.
Many sanitation stations are seasonal, so contact the park to check availability.:
Beach:
Electrical Service:
Group Use Area:
Flush toliets and showers.: Showers do not meet current ADA standards. Entry into the shower may be hampered by a narrow doorway and a step down into the stall. There are no handrails or grab bars. Please contact the park if you require additional information.

Activities at Van Buren State Park

Metal Detecting Areas: Metal detecting is recognized as a legitimate recreation activity when it is conducted in ways that do not damage the natural and cultural resources in Michigan State Parks nor violate applicable state statutes. If you wish to use a metal detector in this state park, here is a map that shows clearly where this activity may take place. Any items found must be reviewed by park staff and may be retained for further investigation.
Alcohol Restrictions Apply: Alcohol is prohibited from April 15 through Labor Day in the day-use and beach areas of the park.
Hunting:
Swimming: The shore of Lake Michigan provides a great area for swimming and a beautiful beach for sun bathing.
Michigan State Park Explorer Program: Learn more about the natural features and resources located in this park with the Outdoor Explorer Program.
Biking:

Trails at Van Buren State Park

Phone: (269) 674-8011
Directions:
Not ADA accessible
The 14-mile long Van Buren Trail runs between South Haven and Hartford. This multi-use trail has a dirt and gravel surface.

Parking is available at the Hartford trail head located on Prospect Street across from the High School. The South Haven Trailhead located on Lovejoy, does not offer parking. The trail may also be accessed via a spur from Van Buren State Park.


Managed by: Van Buren State Park
Recreation Passport Not Required
Park Trail

Campgrounds at Van Buren State Park


Campground: Van Buren-Modern

  • Camper Fee Per Night: $27 (50A), $25 (20/30A), $20/$18 (off-season)
  • Total Number of Sites: 220
  • Camp Site Map
  • Not ADA accessible
  • Offering: MODERN

The campground has 220 modern campsites located approximately 400 yards from Lake Michigan. While none of the campsites offer a view of the lake, there is a short walking path linking the campground to the day use area and the sidewalk down to the beach. Each site has electricity, a picnic table and a fire ring. Located within the campground are two modern restroom/shower buildings and a children?s play area. Reservations may be made up to six months in advance.

The day use area has picnic tables and grills, a picnic shelter and two modern restroom buildings. The shore of Lake Michigan provides a great area for swimming and a beautiful beach for sun bathing.

If you bring a pet please be aware that pets are not allowed on the beach within the State Park boundaries. Your pet must be on a leash not exceeding six feet and clean-up is required. Pets may not be left unattended at any time and are not allowed in any park buildings.


Activities & Facilities at Van Buren-Modern

Electrical Service:
Some Campsites with 50 amp Service:
Flush toliets and showers.:
Biking:
Hiking:
Playground - These play areas offer a variety of playground equipment for children.:
Swimming:
Michigan State Park Explorer Program:
Picnic Area - Picnic tables and fire pits/grills:
Picnic Shelter(s):

Trails at Van Buren-Modern

Van Buren Trail State Park: 13.00 miles


Phone: (269) 674-8011
Directions:
ADA accessible: No
The 14-mile long Van Buren Trail runs between South Haven and Hartford. This multi-use trail has a dirt and gravel surface.

Parking is available at the Hartford trail head located on Prospect Street across from the High School. The South Haven Trailhead located on Lovejoy, does not offer parking. The trail may also be accessed via a spur from Van Buren State Park.


Managed by: Van Buren State Park
Recreation Passport Not Required
Park Trail

Campground: Van Buren-Youth Group Area

  • Camper Fee Per Night: Contact the park
  • Total Number of Sites: 2
  • Camp Site Map
  • Not ADA accessible
  • Offering: RUSTIC

The Youth Group Area is for Youth groups - a group of youngsters (generally 16 years of age or less although high school sponsored groups may include youth up to 18) who are members of a youth focused organization, camping with adequate adult leadership. A youth/adult ratio of 4/1 may be used to determine eligibility as a youth group.

The area has two, adjoining rustic sites with a total combined capacity of 50 people. Each site has picnic tables and a fire ring. There is a common water fountain with spigot and two vault toilets.

Reservations may be made up to 6 months in advance of arrival by calling Van Buren State Park at 269-637-2788.


Activities & Facilities at Van Buren-Youth Group Area

Rustic Site:
Group Use Area:
Biking:
Hiking:
Playground - These play areas offer a variety of playground equipment for children.:
Swimming:
Michigan State Park Explorer Program:

Trails at Van Buren-Youth Group Area

Van Buren Trail State Park: 13.00 miles


Phone: (269) 674-8011
Directions:
ADA accessible: No
The 14-mile long Van Buren Trail runs between South Haven and Hartford. This multi-use trail has a dirt and gravel surface.

Parking is available at the Hartford trail head located on Prospect Street across from the High School. The South Haven Trailhead located on Lovejoy, does not offer parking. The trail may also be accessed via a spur from Van Buren State Park.


Managed by: Van Buren State Park
Recreation Passport Not Required
Park Trail








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