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Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
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About Van Buren State Park
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ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Sanitary Dump
Sewer Hookups
Trash Available
Water Hookups
Van Buren State Park is located in Michigan
42.335 N
-86.304 W
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17 Reviews of Van Buren State Park
Classic Middle American Campground

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.

Lake Michigan

Some site have lots of shade. nice Camp store Lake place to hang out on the beach on Lake Michigan

Quiet Campground

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!

Great Shoreline Beach

We camped here one night last summer on the way to Ontario. Its a large state park near the resort town of South Haven. The campsite was very crowded and full of local campers. The sites are on top of each other with no privacy or shade. The check in process was a mess. They did not have sufficient staff to handle the crowds during peak afternoon checkin. The facilities were old and in need of rear. The camp had overflowing trash cans everywhere. The highlight is the popular beach and sandy bluff overlooking Lake Michigan. This is worth a day visit if you are in the area. I can’t recommend this one due to the overcrowding and poor facilities.

Close to the lake

This campground has Lake Michigan beach access. It’s sites spacious and restrooms clean.

SW Michigan State Park

Nice Mich State Park campground near South Haven MI located on the Lake Michigan shoreline. Clean shower houses. Sites with electric. Short walk to beach.

A nice option near Lake Michigan

While it’s frequently challenging to find spots on lakes or bodies of water in general– Van Buren has a short hike to get you to the beach. For those looking for seclusion… this is not your campsite. We had three tents in mid-October and we were within a sea of RVs. Sites are pretty close to each other but our neighbors were friendly. Remember not to move your firewood from out of state! We purchased a mix of firewood from the neighbors off-site and the check-in office. Our site had a nice picnic table and fire ring, however be prepared with your own grill grate or skewers. We had two dogs with us and well behaved dogs would fit in well here.

Right on the Water

Omgosh, absolutely stunning. The beach and local walks are great. The pier is beautiful, lots of Fisher man. Very cute town. Camping was great, we were pretty close to the people next to us. It was all good though. All together the experience was great, couldn’t sleep a bit because of someone’s dog barking. No one did anything about it.

Typical family campground, with rolling sandy hills near by

Campground with all the typical amenitie for family camping, running water bathrooms, electric sites, playground equipment/swings,. Visited with a large 38 foot RV and had a drive through site. Fun but very steep hikes to the beach through the sandy hills. The views however were amazing and the kids LOVE running down the sand hills.

A favorite Michigan spot

This is one of our favorite camping spots in Michigan. We love it for its location to South Haven and because it’s a great state park and campground.

The campground has modern amenities such as toilets and showers. The beach restrooms are modern and clean as well.

The dunes are beautiful and this is clean beach with clear water. Hike or bike to the beach from the campground or drive over. There’s plenty of parking.

Do bring water shoes. The beaches of the East Lake Michigan shore tend to be rocky and this one is no exception. Also be sure to heed the flag system for beach safety. Lake Michigan rip currents are nothing to take lightly. There are no lifeguards at this beach.

Be sure to take a trip into town for ice cream at Sherman’s!

P.S. The sunset over the lake is a must see