South Haven


Casco Township Nature Preserve

A beautiful preserve along Lake Michigan just north of South Haven. A nice paved path leads from the parking area to the Lake featuring a lookout deck with stunning views. There are very steep stairs down the bluff to the beach. The Preserve also features bathrooms and picnic tables. A great place to enjoy vista views, wildlife, walks, picnics and quiet, natural beauty.


Deerlick Creek Beach (South Haven Township Park)

A wonderful secluded park just south of South Haven. The small creek entering Lake Michigan provides a safe water play area for young children.  A compacted stone pathway leads from the parking area to about 100 feet of sandy beach with a slight slope.  One of the few dog-friendly beaches in the area. Free parking with portable toilets.


Dyckman Beach

Conveniently located off North Shore Drive, this sandy beach is a favorite within a short walk to several Bed & Breakfast Inns and condominium complexes. Dyckman features a long wooden ADA accessible walkway with lookout from the parking area to the beach and Lake access. No restroom facilities available. $10 per trip parking fee in season (credit card or cash).


Newcome Beach

A small and secluded City beach on the north side of town. Stairs lead from the bluff down to the beach area. A great place to start your walk along the Lake Michigan shoreline to the north or south. No restroom facilities, off-street parking only.


North Beach

One of our two main amazing City beaches. North Beach is ADA accessible with decking/walkways leading across the beach to the waters-edge. Featuring a huge expansive sandy beach area with over 1000 feet of Lake Michigan frontage, North Beach has a concession stand, picnic area, play equipment, restrooms, and beach volleyball courts. Kayak and paddle board rentals are also available. $10 per trip parking fee in season (credit card or cash).


Oak Street Beach

A small but very popular beach for those lodging on the north side of town. Wooden stairs lead from the parking lot down to the beach area. No restroom facilities available. Parking with a beach sticker parking pass only.


Packard Park & Beach

This jewel of a park and beach is located directly on Lake Michigan on the north side of town. The park has expansive grassy areas with both sun and shade, along with grills, picnic tables and restroom facilities. A walkway leads to a deck with picnic tables overlooking Lake Michigan and access down to the beach area. $10 per trip parking fee (credit card or cash).


Pilgrim Haven Natural Area

This hidden gem is located south of South Haven and is a favorite spot for beach stone hunting. With 27 acres and over 750 feet of Lake frontage, this area features one-third of a mile easy trail access through woods and meadows that leads to Lake Michigan overlooks and barrier-free paved access to the beach. A great place for sunning, swimming, wildlife viewing and hiking. Parking is free, no restroom facilities.


South Beach

One of our two main iconic City beaches just south of the Black river channel. This popular beach features a large beach area with a concession stand and souvenir shop, picnic areas, play equipment, restrooms, and access to our historic lighthouse. Kayak and paddle board rentals are also available. Beach is ADA accessible. $10 per trip parking fee in season (credit card or cash).


Van Buren State Park

A truly magnificent park located directly on Lake Michigan. With scenic dunes and great vistas, this park is great for biking, hiking, metal detecting and beach rock hunting. The park features a picnic area with shelter, playground, and restrooms. Camping sites are also available. Out of state resident park entry is $11; access for Michigan residents is free with a Recreational Passport or can be purchased for $11 good for the year.


Woodman Beach

Another small but popular City beach located close to many lodging options on the north side – between North Beach and Dyckman Beach. Grab a coffee and snack at Bunde’s Bakery Cafe and head down to the shore! $10 per trip parking fee in season.