Description - Van Buren State Park is characterized by wooded dunes and wonderful scenery where folks enjoy summertime recreations.
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Visitors to Van Buren State Park enjoy one mile of Lake Michigan shoreline.
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.
- 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.
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.
Van Buren State Park is located approximately 4.5 miles south of South Haven.