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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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  • Found out about this state park this summer while helping friends pull a trailer out. What a gem!!! We were so fortunate, the weather was amazing. Great camp sites, lots of maple & oak trees. Some sit...  more »
  • We enjoyed the beach, but our camping experience was not too great. Our camp site was in a low-lying area ... and it was noticeably more buggy and muggy than the rest of the park. The ladies restroom ...  more »
  • We have been here many times in the past. It is only 2 hours from Chicago and is a great campground with a beautiful beach and close to nice towns like South Haven and Saugatuck. There is plenty to do...  more »
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  • We loved our trip to this park. The sand dunes are a short distance from the camping area and offer beautiful views (especially at sunset.) Our camping site itself was nestled in some pine trees and had plenty of flat, grassy area for our tent. Would definitely camp here again!
  • I have been going to this park for years and there's no more to say than it is the most beautiful place in southwest Michigan. By far my favorite place ever.
  • This is our favorite beach and campsite. Beautiful walks and views from the tops of the dunes. Also the beach is a rock-pickers dream - lots of beautiful pebbles!
  • As far as State parks go, I feel it was lacking and should have more. It Seemed very one dimensional with the main focus being on the shore line. There are what appeared to be many hiking trails but from what I could see there were no signs or maps indicating any trail info so you're on your own to navigate. The positive is as you can see from photos this is a great place to view sunsets and hang at the beach on a hot summers day. The colors here are amazing. Also if you enjoy searching for cool stones then you will be in heaven here. There is a mixture of mostly white and some black sand that lines the beach and looks really cool mix together. The beach is very clean and well kept by the park service. I think the coolest thing here which seems to be neglected is the huge sand dunes hidden all around you in the nearby forest. It was awesome and seemed a bit unnatural to be surrounded by trees with a huge maintain of sand that goes up 50' starring down at you daring you to climb it. But again there are no maps or signs to direct you to any of this as there should be. If your looking to visit a beautiful beach or camp then this is perfect but if your looking for a little more depth as far as activities go then you may want to consider elsewhere. Enjoy!!
  • Really nice facilities at the beach access entrance and an amazing view from the trail leading down to the beach. The water seemed warmer than at the South Haven North/South beach access sites. Maybe due to the amount of flat stones being warmed by the sun near the shore or from the power plant discharge, either way it was the warmest ive ever known Lake Michigan to be. If you prefer walking on flat stones instead of dry dusty sand this is a better beach for you.