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South-Haven is a lakeside town that reminds visitors of a small picturesque New England village. It has been called one of the "best-kept secrets" in Michigan and each year more and more visitors discover this town's scenic harbor, wonderful sandy beaches and excellent boating and fishing. South Haven is located west of Kalamazoo along Interstate 196 on the banks of the Black River near the eastern shore of Lake Michigan. The town has the distinction of being the "blueberry capital of the world", with the greatest concentration of high-bush blueberries to be found anywhere. There are eight city parks in South Haven and three local golf courses. Hiking, biking and cross-country skiing are popular in the Kal-Haven Trail State Park. This is a 33-mile long scenic trail that meanders through wooded areas, past rivers and streams and country farms. Lake Michigan and numerous inland lakes provide endless swimming, sunbathing and boating opportunities. And some of the best fishing for trout, perch and salmon can be found in South Haven's waterways. The town of South Haven has lots of unique shops and restaurants to explore, and there are several annual special events in town, such as the Ice Breaker in February, Harborfest in June and the All Crafts Fair Labor Day Weekend.

Surrounding areas: Covert, Michigan (7.3 mi), Watervliet, Michigan (14.7 mi), Coloma, Michigan (14.8 mi), Fennville, Michigan (16.0 mi), Bloomingdale, Michigan (16.2 mi), Saugatuck, Michigan (18.2 mi), Sister Lakes, Michigan (22.9 mi)

South Haven Vacation Rentals

South Haven Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Captains Loft407 1/2 Phoenix StSouth Haven, MI (269) 637-7391
Comfort Suites1743 Phoenix StSouth Haven, MI (269) 639-2014
Hampton Inn04299 Cecilia DrSouth Haven, MI (269) 639-8550
Old Harbor Inn515 Williams StSouth Haven, MI (269) 637-8480
Ramada Inn & Conference Center1555 Phoenix RdSouth Haven, MI (269) 639-9900
The Colonial Hotel532 DyckmanSouth Haven, MI (269) 637-2887
The Friendship Inn09817 M-140 HwySouth Haven, MI (269) 637-5141
Holiday Inn Express1741 Phoenix RdSaint Haven, MI7.3 mi.(269) 637-8800
Simpson's Lake View Resort117 55TH StGrand Junction, MI10.1 mi.(269) 434-6843
Americinn Lodge & Suites Of Saugatuck /Douglas2905 Blue Star HwyDouglas, MI16.3 mi.(269) 857-8581
Timberline MotelSaugatuck, MI18.1 mi.(269) 857-2147
Bestwestern Plaza Hotel Saugatuck3457 Blue Star HwySaugatuck, MI19.3 mi.(269) 857-7178
Benton Harbor Super 8 Motel1950 E Hapier AveBenton Harbor, MI21.6 mi.(269) 926-1371
Days Inn - Benton Harbor2699 MichiganBenton Harbor, MI21.8 mi.(269) 925-7021
Motel 6 - Benton Harbor2063 PipestoneBenton Harbor, MI22.3 mi.(269) 925-5100
Super 8 Motel Benton Harbor1950 E Napier AveBenton Harbor, MI22.5 mi.(269) 926-1371
Holiday Inn Express2276 Pipestone RdBenton Harbor, MI23.1 mi.(269) 927-4599
Comfort Suites1825 Meadowbrook RdBenton Harbor, MI23.2 mi.(269) 925-8800
Comfort Inn - Benton Harbor1598 Mall DrBenton Harbor, MI23.4 mi.(269) 925-1880
Courtyard By Marriott1592 Mall DrBenton Harbor, MI23.4 mi.(269) 925-3000
Red Roof Inn1630 Mall DrBenton Harbor, MI23.4 mi.(269) 927-2484
Comfort Inn & Suites153 Ampey RdPaw Paw, MI23.4 mi.(269) 655-0303
Econo Lodge139 Ampey RdPaw Paw, MI23.4 mi.(269) 657-2578
Super 8 Motel - Paw Paw111 Ampey RdPaw Paw, MI23.5 mi.(269) 657-1111
Howard Johnson798 Ferguson DrBenton Harbor, MI24.2 mi.(269) 927-1172
Econo Lodge2723 Niles AveST Joseph, MI24.2 mi.(269) 983-6321
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites3019 Lakeshore DrST Joseph, MI24.9 mi.(269) 982-0004
Comfort Inn422 E 32ND StHolland, MI27.2 mi.(616) 392-1000
Snow Flake Inn Inc3822 Red Arrow HwyST Joseph, MI27.2 mi.(269) 429-3261
Days Inn717 Hastings StHolland, MI27.4 mi.(616) 392-7001
Microtel Inn And Suites Holland643 Hastings AveHolland, MI27.6 mi.(616) 392-3235
Park Inn Stevensville4290 Red Arrow HwyStevensville, MI27.7 mi.(800) 670-7275
Holiday Inn Hotel And Conference Center650 E 24TH StHolland, MI27.9 mi.(616) 394-0111
Super 8 Motel680 E 24TH StHolland, MI27.9 mi.(616) 396-8822
Best Inn & Suites465 US 31 HwyHolland, MI28.1 mi.(616) 392-8521
Econolodge409 S US 31Holland, MI28.1 mi.(888) 258-3140
Holland Fairfield Inn2854 West SHR DrHolland, MI28.1 mi.(616) 786-9752
Residence Inn By Marriott Holland631 Southpointe Ridge RdHolland, MI28.1 mi.(616) 393-6900
Baymont Inn & Suites2601 W Marquette Woods RdStevensville, MI28.3 mi.(269) 428-9111
Comfort Suites2633 W Marquette Woods RdStevensville, MI28.3 mi.(269) 428-4888
Bed & Breakfast
J Paules Fenn Inn Bed & Breakfast2254 S 58TH StFennville, MI15.7 mi.(269) 561-2836

South Haven Weather & Climate

Southwest Michigan has a distinct four-season climate that is typical of most of the Midwest, except that it experiences some lake effect conditions due to the close proximity of Lake Michigan. Summer precipitation comes in the form of showers and thunderstorms. Lake Michigan acts as a giant "heat sink," which helps moderate the temperatures of the surrounding land, cooling summers and warming winters. It is also a natural humidifier, and this causes an increase in the moisture content in the air, creating heavier snowfalls in the winter. However, seldom are there prolonged periods of extreme heat combined with humidity in southwestern Michigan. Average annual snowfall is 36 inches, but varies greatly from year to year. Michigan is on the fringe of the Midwest tornado belt, but sees less of this activity than other parts of the country.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 31°F 20°F 2.09 in. -
February 34°F 22°F 1.59 in. -
March 44°F 29°F 2.08 in. -
April 54°F 38°F 3.25 in. -
May 65°F 48°F 3.10 in. -
June 74°F 58°F 3.15 in. -
July 78°F 64°F 3.48 in. -
August 77°F 63°F 3.56 in. -
September 71°F 56°F 4.08 in. -
October 61°F 46°F 2.78 in. -
November 48°F 36°F 3.27 in. -
December 36°F 25°F 2.75 in. -

South Haven Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Kalamazoo Battle Creek International airport (AZO) located about 38 miles southeast of South Haven in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the South Bend Regional airport (SBN) located approximately 47 miles south of South Haven in South Bend, Indiana, the Elkhart Municipal airport (EKM) located roughly 48 miles south of South Haven in Elkhart, Indiana, the Gerald R Ford International airport (GRR) located around 50 miles northeast of South Haven in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the W K Kellogg airport (BTL) located about 52 miles east of South Haven in Battle Creek, Michigan, and finally the Muskegon County airport (MKG) located approximately 53 miles north of South Haven in Muskegon, Michigan.

South Haven Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Deer Forest Fun ParkColomaMI14.8 mi.
Michigan's AdventureMuskegonMI57.7 mi.
Adventureland Amusement ParkNorth WebsterIN79.9 mi.
House of KicksChicagoIL80.1 mi.
Six Flags Great AmericaGurneeIL83.2 mi.
Funland Amusement ParkShelby TownshipMI83.2 mi.
JeepersHarwood HeightsIL84.0 mi.
Fun SpotAngolaIN84.1 mi.
Sauzer's KiddielandScherervilleIN87.9 mi.
KiddielandMelrose ParkIL88.1 mi.
DinorexArlington HeightsIL89.9 mi.
Haunted TrailsBurbankIL89.9 mi.
Water Parks
Splash Family Water ParkGrand RapidsMI49.6 mi.
Full Blast - Flash Flood/Gully WasherBattle CreekMI56.1 mi.
Michigan's Wild Water Adventure Water ParkMuskegonMI57.7 mi.
Racing Rapids Action ParkEast DundeeIL104.3 mi.
Golf Courses
Glenn Shores Golf CourseSouth HavenMI 
South Haven Country ClubSouth HavenMI 
Bucks Run Golf ClubMount PleasantMI3.9 mi.
Pleasant Hills Golf CourseMount PleasantMI3.9 mi.
PohlcatMount PleasantMI3.9 mi.
New Paw Paw Lake Golf ClubWatervlietMI15.2 mi.
Jeptha Lake Golf CourseBloomingdaleMI16.5 mi.
Clearbrook Golf ClubSaugatuckMI18.2 mi.
Ravines Golf ClubSaugatuckMI18.2 mi.
Shamrock Hills Golf CourseGoblesMI20.8 mi.
Blossom TrailsBenton HarborMI21.9 mi.
Lake Michigan Hills Golf ClubBenton HarborMI21.9 mi.
Cheshire Hills Golf CourseAlleganMI23.1 mi.
Eagle Creek Golf ClubAlleganMI23.1 mi.
Oaks Golf ClubSaint JosephMI23.2 mi.
Heritage Glen Golf ClubPaw PawMI23.5 mi.
Lake Cora HillsPaw PawMI23.5 mi.
West Ottawa Golf ClubHollandMI27.4 mi.
Winding Creek Golf CourseHollandMI27.4 mi.
Lawton Golf ClubLawtonMI27.6 mi.
Indian Lake Hills Golf CourseEau ClaireMI29.0 mi.
Pipestone Creek Golf CourseEau ClaireMI29.0 mi.
Ski Areas
Timber Ridge Ski AreaGoblesMI20.3 mi.
Swiss ValleyJonesMI42.0 mi.
Cannonsburg Ski AreaCannonsburgMI60.9 mi.
Pando Ski CenterRockfordMI61.6 mi.
Riverview HighlandsRiverviewMI79.0 mi.
State Parks
Van Buren State ParkMI4.3 mi. 
Saugatuck Dunes State ParkMI21.2 mi. 
Holland State ParkMI25.9 mi. 
Warren Dunes State ParkMI37.5 mi. 
Horn Archaeological MuseumBerrien SpringsMI31.5 mi.(History)
Air Zoo-Aviation History Museum of Kalamazoo(Michigan)KalamazooMI35.8 mi.(Technology)
Kalamazoo Institute of ArtsKalamazooMI35.8 mi.(Art)
Northern Indiana Center for HistorySouth BendIN49.5 mi.(History)
Studebaker National MuseumSouth BendIN49.5 mi.(Technology)
South Bend Regional Museum of ArtSouth BendIN49.5 mi.(Art)
Grand Rapids Art MuseumGrand RapidsMI49.6 mi.(Art)
Kingman MuseumBattle CreekMI56.1 mi.(Science)
Hesston Steam MuseumLaporteIN59.2 mi.(Technology)
Zoos and Aquariums
Potawatomi ZooSouth BendIN49.5 mi.
Binder Park ZooBattle CreekMI56.1 mi.
Lincoln Park Zoological GardensChicagoIL80.1 mi.
Racine Zoological GardensRacineWI80.1 mi.
John G. Shedd AquariumChicagoIL80.1 mi.
Brookfield ZooBrookfieldIL90.2 mi.
Potter Park Zoological GardensLansingMI90.4 mi.
Milwaukee County Zoological GardensMilwaukeeWI94.0 mi.
Fort Wayne Children's ZooFort WayneIN105.7 mi.

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