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.
Black River Park - Black River Street
|This is where ducks wait to be fed! This park features a 10 boat launch ramp, showers, restrooms and plenty of picnic tables.
Dyckman St. Beach Access - 175 N. Shore Drive
|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 public beach perfect for swimming and lying in the sun. Includes grills, picnic tables, a deck overlooking Lake Michigan and large shaded area. This is also the location
of South Havenís Farmers Market and ice rink.
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.
Kids` 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.
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 Havens Mayor at that time.
|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.
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Below is a list of some of the popular beaches and parks in South Haven.
|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.
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.
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.