Van Buren State Park, South Haven

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Van Buren State Park is a 400acre state park on Lake Michigan south of South Haven, Michigan, United States. The park, which is maintained and operated by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, is located in the southwest corner of South Haven Township and the northwest corner of Covert Township, just north of the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant.Van Buren became a state park in May 1965 when the original 167acre plot was purchased from the Harry LaBar Drake family. Since then two other land purchases have been made to make up the current park. It has forested sand dunes (see photo), modern camping and a popular swimming beach. A state park permit is required for entry.Directly north of the park is the Van Buren County–owned North Point Conservation Area.Facilities and activitiesSwimmingPicnickingPlayground Camping: The camping area has 220 modern sites and features flush toilets, showers, and electric hookups. Metal Detecting: Metal detecting is permitted in designated areas of the park; however, any found items are subject to review by park staff and may be retained pending further investigation.
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  • We go to Gingerman Raceway and make a family trip out of it. I truly enjoy this park with all the trees! Note: Wood burning rules to change in 2018. The park will have a vendor to sell firewood that h...  more »
  • We visited this park and campground during the month of October. We rode our bikes from Downtown South Haven. Loved the beach, lots of pretty rocks wash up from the lake. The campground sites seemed c...  more »
  • VBSP is my go-to beach for rock hunting, and I can tell you it’s a different beach every time I got. My most recent visit, yesterday, was much sandier and also had biting flies for the first time this...  more »
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  • Great place to watch the sunsets. Although drones are not allowed here. Other than that it is a Great park!
  • The campground needs new bathroom buildings desperately. The campground office needs to be replaced, as well. It's ancient and there's barely room for two customers at once. Otherwise, it's beautiful. Excusing those limitations, the park is one of the best places to visit in the South Haven area.
  • We didn't stay here, but were allowed to check it out for future trips. Campground has a good layout. Restrooms & showers were not updated like we saw at Holland State Park. Beach is quite a ways away but has a very large parking lot to allow you to drive over there. No showers near beach. Good restrooms there. Weather was extremely windy and exciting with red flag-no swimming the day we visited, so we could not evaluate the beach. We did not have time to investigate the trails.
  • We came here for a weekend giveaway and we were not disappointed. The campgrounds were very clean in the process to check in was very simple. The sites are reasonably large with plenty of room for multiple vehicles if needed.
  • Beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline. Great Dunes. The beach is serviceable and a bit rocky compared to elsewhere, but the dunes are where it is at. Bring a book, climb a dune, and spend the day under a tree while looking out at Lake Michigan.

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