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Visitors to Van Buren State Park enjoy one mile of Lake Michigan shoreline.
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Visitors to Van Buren State Park enjoy one mile of Lake Michigan shoreline.
Description - Van Buren State Park is characterized by wooded dunes and wonderful scenery where folks enjoy summertime recreations.

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.

Attractions - Van Buren State Park is a scenic area enjoyed by thousands. The park offers one mile of Lake Michigan waterfront affording ideal sunbathing, swimming, and boating. The 220-site campground offers both sun and shade sites with features that include children's playground equipment, sanitation station, and modern bathhouse facilities. The campground opens April 1 and closes December 1. The modern bathhouse facilities are available from April 15 to November 1. The park is conveniently located six miles from the 38-mile Kal-Haven Trail State Park, which extends from South Haven to Kalamazoo.

Recreation - Visitors to Van Buren State Park enjoy camping, swimming, sunbathing, paddlesports, hiking and cross-country skiing.

Camping
Van Buren- Modern - (800) 447-2757, 220 site(s), $23/$21/$16
Van Buren- Group Use Area - (269) 637-2788, 2 site(s)

Climate - West Coast Michigan experiences pleasant summers with temperatures averaging 70 degrees F (21 degrees C). In winter, temperatures plunge to 22 degrees F (-6 degrees C). Lake winds have dramatic affect on wind chill factors. Yearly precipitation averages 40 inches and above.

Location - Van Buren State Park is located approximately 4.5 miles south of South Haven.


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Contact Information:
Van Buren State Park, 23960 Ruggles Road , South Haven, MI, 49090, Phone: 269-637-2788

Additional Information:
Michigan State Parks and Forests - Everything that makes Michigan special is embodied in the 96 State Parks. Boasting sterling recreation, Michigan State Parks and Forests invite you to enjoy one of their 14,000 campsites, 170 winter-sport areas and infinite rivers, streams, and lakes.
Northwest Ohio - Once the land of the Great Black Swamp, Northwest Travel Region has an interesting mix of man-made lakes and canals resting at the base of the fourth largest Great Lake, Lake Erie.
Ohio Lakes and Reservoirs - Ohio has more than 2,500 lakes and 44,000 miles of rivers and streams. Lake Erie, the southernmost Great Lake, is a major recreation attraction.
Ohio State Parks and Forests - Great outdoor adventure begins in Ohio at one of the 20 state forests or one of the 73 award-winning state park sites.
West Coast - Engulfing the eastern shores of Lake Michigan the West Coast Travel Region is a Mecca of coastal towns and parks providing access to world-class freshwater fishing.

Links:
Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Official agency website.

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