Situated on the shores of Lake Michigan, Van Buren Campground has one mile of sandy beach and high dune formations. It’s the perfect place to lounge on the beach, walk through woodland trails and enjoy a picnic lunch. Located three miles south of South Haven, the campground is only minutes away from local shops and restaurants.
We stopped here to swim on our way back home after a 9 day camping trip. The beach access has eroded and is marked as closed, but there were plenty of people on the beach and a ranger who was at the orange fencing gave a friendly hello and let us exit. You have to be willing to climb down off of a concrete slab to get to the water. It is doable, but if you have physical limitations or a small child, it might be impassable. There is plenty of space to spread out and keep your distance. Water was wonderfully warm compared to further north.
We had the best time at this campground. The site was clean and well kept when we arrived. The fire pit and the picnic table were in excellent condition. The bathhouse was clean. This is a very family friendly campground with a playground and swings. The beach is a short walk from the campground. South Haven is a 10 min drive. We would stay here again!
We go here once a summer for the past 30-ish years. I love the rocky beaches, and the beach combing is the best. We have found may different color of beach glass along with fossils and many unknown oddities. The campground is clean and the campsites are large and shady. It's a bit of a hike from the campground to the beach, but if it's too long for you driving is an option. Many restaurants in nearby South Haven along with a maritime museum and tall ship rides. Weekends fill up fast, but you'll want to spend more than two days anyway!
My husband’s family has been visiting this campground for 34 years and it hasn’t lost its luster! The beach has shortened QUITE A BIT, but it’s still a great campground and park.
Camp sites are well shaded and have a lot of space. Walking distance to Lake Michigan with beautiful view of the sunset. Bathrooms were clean and showers were okay considering it is a campground. There is a playground for kiddos as well as bike rentals. A lot to do within the State Park.
Only negative is to be prepared to level your RV. Our site was not even. Not all spots were this way, but you will definitely need blocks or what not.
Good size lots, clean bathrooms, we always like to go there. There isn’t much of a beach this year, but in town there are two bigger ones.
The campground is a typical State Park campground, fairly open to other sites. The bathrooms were older style, but clean enough. The thing that sets this campground apart from others is the pristine Lake Michigan beach. You just can’t beat that!
Our experience here was pretty good, but I still can't bring myself to give this campground more than three stars. It was clean and relatively quiet at night. Bathrooms had free hot showers, and it's a 10-minute stroll to the shores of Lake Michigan. There's a huge sand dune to climb, and you can watch the sun set over the lake every night. Bike rentals are only $10 per day, even for tandems, and there's a flat, paved bike path that takes you to the quaint town of South Haven, about 5 miles north, where there are lots of touristy shops and restaurants. We enjoyed the Michigan Maritime Museum on the north shore.
The down side of the campground is that the beach is pretty much non-existent. You walk down through the pretty dunes, but there is literally no more than five feet of sand, and even less if the wind is blowing waves in off the lake. There are a few wide spots, but a lot of people sit up on the dunes because there's no place to sit on the beach. Do not expect big wide beaches to walk on. There are also no trails to speak of, if you want to hike. When you select your campsite, be aware that there's a path through the middle of the campground and some sites are right next to it, meaning very little privacy. The higher numbered sites are farther from the lake.
Some site have lots of shade. nice Camp store Lake place to hang out on the beach on Lake Michigan
Our family enjoyed this quiet, secluded campground in South Haven. Our site was on a corner lot and couldn't have been more perfect for our stay. Large fire pit and picnic table available at every site. There is a small path that leads to the beach. Best of all, warm showers everyday!