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USA Parks
Southwest Region
Van Buren State Park
23960 Ruggles Road
South Haven, Michigan   49090

Phone: 269-637-2788
Reservations: 800-447-2757
Van Buren State Park offers approximately 400 acres of land located along the Lake Michigan shoreline in northern Van Buren County. The focal points of the park are its high dune formations and one mile of sandy beach. Van Buren became a state park in May of 1965 when the original 167-acre plot was purchased from the Harry LaBar Drake family. Since then two other land purchases have been made to make up the current park.
Van Buren-Group Use Area(269) 637-2788 2 site(s), Contact the parkGroup Use Area, Rustic Site

Van Buren-Modern(800) 447-2757 220 site(s)Campsites with 50 amp Service, Electrical Service, Modern Restrooms
The shore of Lake Michigan provides a great area for swimming and a beautiful beach for sun bathing.

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The day use area has a picnic area with picnic tables and grills, a picnic shelter and two modern toilet buildings. Picnic shelter is on a first come first serve basis unless reserved. Reservations may be made by contacting the park. Playscape area in the main day use area is now ADA compliant.
Nature Programs
Michigan State Park Explorer ProgramLearn more about the natural features and resources located in this park with the Outdoor Explorer Program.
Area Attractions
South Haven is a wonderful year round area. Various festivals are held throughout the year such as the National Blueberry Fest, Harbor Fest, July 4th Arts Fair, Labor Day All Crafts Fair and the February Ice breaker. South Haven also has one of the finest Maritime Museums on the Great Lakes. The country side has many small farm markets and antique stores to browse through. Those who are interested in boating or fishing will find public boat launch facilities, charter boat fishing and marinas. There are many public golf courses in the area.

For those who enjoy hiking, biking, horseback riding, cross country skiing, and snowmobiling, the 14-mile long Van Buren Trail and the Kal-Haven Trail start in the nearby city of South Haven. The Kal-Haven Trail 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. The trail user will pass through small towns and villages, cross over bridges, pass points of historical interest and go through some of Michigan's beautiful countryside. Both trails are opened in the winter and snowmobiling is allowed.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
August 26 Great Park
We really enjoyed our stay at Van Buren State Park. One of the nicest state parks we have stayed at. Beautiful campground, great shower and restrooms. Clean, quiet and enjoyable. Nice access to Lake Michigan.
June 28 Great camping and swimming by Tracy
We love this campground. Perfect for our big family. Beach is so close and the best sunsets ever. Bathrooms and showers are good and the sites are great. Reserving a campsite at Michigan State Parks is so easy and their discriptions help. We travel 3 hours to get there and it is just a perfect beach getaway.
August 25 Very clean and quiet
Very clean, well-maintained restrooms and shower facilities for campers. Quiet evenings, no rowdiness ever in this park: nice for children. A great place to camp to enjoy the wonderful beaches of Lake Michigan...and close to South Haven. Include me as another fan of the Thirsty Perch...best perch on the Great Lakes !!
August 4 Great Family Camping. by Brian
The campgrounds are top-notch with great facilities. The beach is a bit of a walk from the camp, but a nice bike ride. The beach was a little dirty the last time we were there, but not usually that way. Campsites are well spaced and good size. Overall, good fun and not far from South Haven. Be sure and eat at the Thirsty Perch if you like fresh perch, good eats...

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South Haven Family Campground
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Sunnybrook RV Resort
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Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Baymont Inn Suites - Dowagiac, MIHotels/Motels
The Baymont Inn and Suites of is pleased to provide our guests with exceptional service and quality amenities at an affordable price. With several fine dining restaurants nearby, you won't go hungry We are minutes away from Historic Downtown Dowagiac, Sister Lakes, and several premier golf courses.
Web Site: baymontinns.com/hotel/13520
26.8 miles from park*
Suburban Extended Stay Hotel - South Bend, INHotels/Motels
The newly built Suburban Extended Stay Hotel provides easy access to a number of local points of interest. This extended stay hotel offers features and amenities like Well-equipped kitchens, Weekly housekeeping services, Free premium cable television with movie channels,On-site guest laundry facilities, Free wireless high-speed Internet access, Free local calls. Guests can also enjoy the indoor pool and fitness center. Give us a visit on the website or call us for reservations.
Web Site: suburbanhotels.com/hotel-south_bend-indiana-IN305sidMhwci
43.1 miles from park*
J. Paules Fenn Inn - Fennville, MIBBs / Inns
Country Four Square built around 1900. All private bath, full gourmet breakfast 8-10AM, rooms have fireplaces and Jacuzzi tubs, WiFi, Robes, Non-smoking, Pet Friendly. Discounts Monday-Thursday. AAA, AARP discounts always.
Web Site: jpaulesfenninn.com
19 miles from park*
Quality Inn Suites - Columbia City, INHotels/Motels
We provide easy access to area attractions and businesses. Only minutes from the Fort Wayne International Airport, Chain O' Lakes State Park and the Wagon Wheel Theatre. Children of all ages will enjoy having fun at nearby Paige's Crossing family entertainment park. Free wireless high-speed Internet.
Web Site: choicehotels.com/hotel/in294
91 miles from park*
Area Resources
The Kingsley House BB Inn - Fennville, MIContractors-General
Stunning Queen Anne Victorian on Michigan Historic Register. Wrap-around porch, 7 fireplaces, jacuzzi suites, full gourmet breakfast every morning. Minutes from Holland, Saugatuck and South Haven.
Web Site: kingsleyhouse.com
18.2 miles from park*
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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.

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Van Buren State Park
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