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Van Buren State Park, South Haven
(4/5 based on 90+ reviews on the web)
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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  • The beach here is rocky, so bring your water shoes. Visitors enjoy climbing the dunes here for a spectacular view of the lake, and inland. The park is great for camping and has connecting hiking trails to the beach. You can literally walk the beach to the security fence of Palisades Nuclear Power Plant from here. Which is why the water is usually warmer here due to the water the plant discharges.
  • No firewood or ice available. Also, bathrooms need attention. The same cobwebs were there everyday from Friday to Monday. I understand it's end of season, but it is also the last 4 day weekend. Camp host was already gone. Not my favorite camp ground.
  • 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.
  • A gorgeous beach setting, extensive and exciting trails, lots of areas for activities, organized campsites, and a camp environment where you can relax in peace or find fun and friends.
  • Close proximity to Palisades Nuclear Plant means park space is limited but does offer a lovely beach and hiking trails with beautiful views