A charming beach town located where the Black River meets Lake Michigan, South Haven offers historical adventures alongside a dense and expansive recreational and commercial waterfront.

Best suited for: History buffs | Recreation and tourism | Dense communities


  • Authorized as a commercial harbor, predominantly recreational use
  • Countless marinas and private slips along the Black River
  • Home to many Chicago-area vacationers
  • 3,100 feet of maintained federal channel
  • 4,300 feet of maintained breakwaters, piers, and revetments


Depart Amway Grand Plaza Hotel (1-hour drive; boxed lunches provided for the road).

Arrive in South Haven at Michigan Maritime Museum | 260 Dyckman Ave.

  • Five buildings of exhibits showcasing Michigan’s maritime history
  • Restored 1939 commercial fishing tug and fisheries history exhibit
  • Authentic boat-building workshop and U.S. Coast Guard boathouse
  • U.S. Life-Saving Service knot-tying exercises and Lightkeeper’s House

Explore Dyckman drawbridge & Black River waterfront.

Witness the expansive Lake Michigan shoreline at South Beach Public Park | 60 Water St.


The South Haven tour will be predominantly on-foot with frequent stops. Participants should bring comfortable walking shoes and a water bottle. Expect to encounter uneven sidewalks, staircases, and sandy beaches.