Beaches and Recreation
South Haven offers a variety of beaches with plenty of on the water experiences to discover and many parks for running, swimming or just an enjoyable afternoon.
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Below is a list of some of the popular beaches and parks in South Haven.
Black River Park - Black River Street
|This is where ducks wait to be fed! Also located at this park are a boat launch, picnic tables, restrooms and a playground.
Cable Street Tot Lot - 421 Cable Street
|Sized just right for small children! Playground and benches. Free parking. Great for tots!
Dyckman Park - Phoenix Street
|Named for A.S. Dyckman who came from New York in 1838. He was a partner
in building the first steam mill and the first hotel in South Haven and was also
Mayor in 1902. The Dyckman family gave the city the land for this park. A great
place for a picnic with tables, restrooms and telephones. This is also the location
of South Havenís Farmers Market and ice rink.
Dyckman Street Access - 175 N. Shore Drive
|A public beach perfect for swimming and lying in the sun. Includes grills, picnic tables, a deck overlooking Lake Michigan and large shaded area.
Elkenburg Park - 309 Elkenburg Street
|Neighborhood park on the south side. Features a picnic shelter, picnic tables, grills, basketball courts, restrooms, baseball diamond and bleachers. Free parking.
Ellen Avery Park - End of North Shore Drive
|Enjoy the beautiful views and watch the boats go by. Beautifully landscaped. Great spot for a picnic! Free parking.
Hartman Park - 347 Prospect Street
|Lots of grassy area for throwing a frisbee. Features grills and picnic tables. Free parking.
|Enjoy a hike, bike ride, horseback ride or a leisurely stroll on this 34-mile trail from South Haven to Kalamazoo. Travel through small towns, countryside, beautiful wooded areas and past points of historical interest. Towns along the way have food and lodging for trail users. Don`t forget cross-country skiing and snowmobiling in the winter.
Kidsí Korner - 563 Monroe Boulevard
|A wooden play structure designed and built by kids and adults of South Haven, which includes a maze, boat, slides, rope bridge, tire bridge and more. Also on the premises: ball diamond, picnic tables and restrooms. Located across the street from the beach. Perfect for a family day at the park.
Newcome Beach Access - 725 North Shore Drive
|A public beach perfect for swimming and lying in the sun. Includes street parking, secluded public beach, deck overlooking the lake, large shaded area, grills and picnic tables, no restrooms.
North Beach - 45 Lakshore Drive
|Fun in the sun! Grab a hot dog at the concession stand and relax in the sun. Play a game of beach volleyball and cool off in Lake Michigan! You can also take a walk on the pier or have a picnic. Restrooms are located by the concession stand.
Packard Park Beach - 231 North Shore Drive
|A small public beach perfect for swimming and lying in the sun. Picnic tables and
restrooms on the premises. The site of the old North Side School, which leased
the property from the city for over 100 years. It is named for W.G. Packard, South Havenís Mayor at that time.
South Beach and Riverfront Park - 60 Water Street
|Watch the boats during a picnic on the harbor or take a stroll out to the lighthouse. Includes grills, picnic tables, concessions and restrooms located on the premises.
Stanley Johnston Park - 202 Dyckman Avenue
|This large, beautiful wooded park in the heart of South Haven overlooking the harbor offers basketball courts, swing sets, picnic tables and restrooms. The site of the All Crafts Fair over Labor Day weekend and the Fine Arts & Crafts Fair in July. Originally named Oakland Park, it was renamed in honor of Professor Johnston, developer of the Haven line of peaches.
Tot Lot Park - 191 Bailey Avenue
|Great for kids! Playground, picnic tables, ball diamond, basketball court and restrooms.
Waterfront Skate Park - Water Street across from South Beach
|Grab your skateboard or in-line skates and practice your moves on multiple ramps. Located right next to South Beach and the Black River, this park is a great place for kids to spend the day and burn off some of that extra energy!