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Watervliet is a small town located off I-94 south of Paw Paw Lake and near Lake Michigan. The town was founded in 1833 and its' unusual name is a Dutch term meaning "flowing water." There are lots of recreational opportunities in the Watervliet area. Paw Paw Lake is popular for its' fishing and boating, and is also the site of a beautiful golf course. Cross country skiing is available at Brookside Park, just south of Watervliet, and Hays park along the Paw Paw River and Flaherty park on Mill creek are nice picnicking spots. The town of Watervliet is also home to a popular Ice Sculpting Contest, usually held in February, and a festive Fourth of July Celebration, complete with parade and fireworks. Just southwest of Watervliet is the city of St. Joseph, which lies along the banks of the St. Joseph River overlooking Lake Michigan. This city has picturesque brick-paved roads, and a downtown region filled with art galleries, antique and gift shops, little cafes and beautiful views. There are nature trails to hike or bike, sand dunes to climb and beaches for swimming and sunbathing, boating and fishing or golf. St. Joseph is also home to festivals such as the Blossomtime Parade, the Venetian Festival and the "Antiques on the Bluff" show which is held along the tree lined Lake Bluff Park that overlooks Lake Michigan.

Surrounding areas: Coloma, Michigan (2.5 mi), Covert, Michigan (7.4 mi), Sister Lakes, Michigan (8.5 mi), Magician Lake, Michigan (9.7 mi), St Joseph, Michigan (13.0 mi), South Haven, Michigan (14.7 mi), Dowagiac, Michigan (16.0 mi)

Watervliet Vacation Rentals

Watervliet Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Super 8 Motel Benton Harbor1950 E Napier AveBenton Harbor, MI10.2 mi.(269) 926-1371
Comfort Suites1825 Meadowbrook RdBenton Harbor, MI10.8 mi.(269) 925-8800
Holiday Inn Express2276 Pipestone RdBenton Harbor, MI10.8 mi.(269) 927-4599
Motel 6 - Benton Harbor2063 PipestoneBenton Harbor, MI10.9 mi.(269) 925-5100
Benton Harbor Super 8 Motel1950 E Hapier AveBenton Harbor, MI11.0 mi.(269) 926-1371
Comfort Inn - Benton Harbor1598 Mall DrBenton Harbor, MI11.1 mi.(269) 925-1880
Courtyard By Marriott1592 Mall DrBenton Harbor, MI11.1 mi.(269) 925-3000
Red Roof Inn1630 Mall DrBenton Harbor, MI11.1 mi.(269) 927-2484
Days Inn - Benton Harbor2699 MichiganBenton Harbor, MI11.2 mi.(269) 925-7021
Howard Johnson798 Ferguson DrBenton Harbor, MI12.1 mi.(269) 927-1172
Econo Lodge2723 Niles AveST Joseph, MI13.4 mi.(269) 983-6321
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites3019 Lakeshore DrST Joseph, MI14.4 mi.(269) 982-0004
Captains Loft407 1/2 Phoenix StSouth Haven, MI15.0 mi.(269) 637-7391
Comfort Suites1743 Phoenix StSouth Haven, MI15.0 mi.(269) 639-2014
Hampton Inn04299 Cecilia DrSouth Haven, MI15.0 mi.(269) 639-8550
The Friendship Inn09817 M-140 HwySouth Haven, MI15.0 mi.(269) 637-5141
Old Harbor Inn515 Williams StSouth Haven, MI15.2 mi.(269) 637-8480
The Colonial Hotel532 DyckmanSouth Haven, MI15.2 mi.(269) 637-2887
Amerihost Inn & Suites Dowagiac29291 Amerihost DrDowagiac, MI15.7 mi.(269) 782-4270
Snow Flake Inn Inc3822 Red Arrow HwyST Joseph, MI16.1 mi.(269) 429-3261
Holiday Inn Express1741 Phoenix RdSaint Haven, MI16.4 mi.(269) 637-8800
Ramada Inn & Conference Center1555 Phoenix RdSouth Haven, MI16.4 mi.(269) 639-9900
Park Inn Stevensville4290 Red Arrow HwyStevensville, MI16.5 mi.(800) 670-7275
Baymont Inn & Suites2601 W Marquette Woods RdStevensville, MI16.9 mi.(269) 428-9111
Comfort Suites2633 W Marquette Woods RdStevensville, MI17.0 mi.(269) 428-4888
Hampton Inn5050 Red Arrow HwyStevensville, MI17.3 mi.(269) 429-2700
Candelwood Suites2567 Marquettewood RdStevensville, MI17.8 mi.(269) 428-4400
Comfort Inn & Suites153 Ampey RdPaw Paw, MI18.8 mi.(269) 655-0303
Econo Lodge139 Ampey RdPaw Paw, MI18.8 mi.(269) 657-2578
Super 8 Motel - Paw Paw111 Ampey RdPaw Paw, MI18.9 mi.(269) 657-1111
Simpson's Lake View Resort117 55TH StGrand Junction, MI19.0 mi.(269) 434-6843
Holiday Inn Express1265 S 11TH StNiles, MI25.7 mi.(269) 684-3900
Super 8 Sawyer12850 Super DrSawyer, MI26.8 mi.(800) 800-8000
Bed & Breakfast
J Paules Fenn Inn Bed & Breakfast2254 S 58TH StFennville, MI29.1 mi.(269) 561-2836

Watervliet 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 30°F 17°F 2.32 in. -
February 34°F 19°F 1.68 in. -
March 44°F 27°F 2.43 in. -
April 56°F 36°F 3.77 in. -
May 67°F 46°F 3.33 in. -
June 77°F 56°F 3.53 in. -
July 81°F 60°F 3.24 in. -
August 79°F 58°F 3.47 in. -
September 72°F 51°F 4.17 in. -
October 61°F 41°F 3.09 in. -
November 46°F 32°F 3.30 in. -
December 34°F 22°F 2.71 in. -

Watervliet Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the South Bend Regional airport (SBN) located about 33 miles south of Watervliet in South Bend, Indiana, the Elkhart Municipal airport (EKM) located approximately 34 miles south of Watervliet in Elkhart, Indiana, the Kalamazoo Battle Creek International airport (AZO) located roughly 36 miles east of Watervliet in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the W K Kellogg airport (BTL) located around 52 miles east of Watervliet in Battle Creek, Michigan, and finally the Gerald R Ford International airport (GRR) located about 60 miles northeast of Watervliet in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Watervliet Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Deer Forest Fun ParkColomaMI2.5 mi.
Adventureland Amusement ParkNorth WebsterIN66.2 mi.
Michigan's AdventureMuskegonMI72.4 mi.
House of KicksChicagoIL75.0 mi.
Fun SpotAngolaIN75.2 mi.
Sauzer's KiddielandScherervilleIN78.6 mi.
JeepersHarwood HeightsIL80.8 mi.
Haunted TrailsBurbankIL84.1 mi.
KiddielandMelrose ParkIL84.3 mi.
Six Flags Great AmericaGurneeIL84.9 mi.
DinorexArlington HeightsIL88.4 mi.
Water Parks
Full Blast - Flash Flood/Gully WasherBattle CreekMI56.1 mi.
Splash Family Water ParkGrand RapidsMI61.6 mi.
Michigan's Wild Water Adventure Water ParkMuskegonMI72.4 mi.
Racing Rapids Action ParkEast DundeeIL103.2 mi.
Golf Courses
New Paw Paw Lake Golf ClubWatervlietMI 
Blossom TrailsBenton HarborMI11.1 mi.
Lake Michigan Hills Golf ClubBenton HarborMI11.1 mi.
Oaks Golf ClubSaint JosephMI12.7 mi.
Indian Lake Hills Golf CourseEau ClaireMI14.4 mi.
Pipestone Creek Golf CourseEau ClaireMI14.4 mi.
Glenn Shores Golf CourseSouth HavenMI14.7 mi.
Dowagiac Elks Country ClubDowagiacMI16.5 mi.
Hampshire Country ClubDowagiacMI16.5 mi.
Spruce RidgeDowagiacMI16.5 mi.
South Haven Country ClubSouth HavenMI18.1 mi.
Bucks Run Golf ClubMount PleasantMI18.2 mi.
Pleasant Hills Golf CourseMount PleasantMI18.2 mi.
PohlcatMount PleasantMI18.2 mi.
Heritage Glen Golf ClubPaw PawMI19.0 mi.
Lake Cora HillsPaw PawMI19.0 mi.
Jeptha Lake Golf CourseBloomingdaleMI20.8 mi.
Lawton Golf ClubLawtonMI21.6 mi.
Pebblewood Country ClubBridgmanMI22.6 mi.
Diamond Lake Golf CourseCassopolisMI23.0 mi.
Park Shore Golf ClubCassopolisMI23.0 mi.
Shamrock Hills Golf CourseGoblesMI23.3 mi.
Plym Park Municipal Golf CourseNilesMI25.3 mi.
Garver Lake Golf CourseEdwardsburgMI28.4 mi.
Ski Areas
Timber Ridge Ski AreaGoblesMI22.9 mi.
Swiss ValleyJonesMI30.8 mi.
Cannonsburg Ski AreaCannonsburgMI72.2 mi.
Pando Ski CenterRockfordMI73.7 mi.
Riverview HighlandsRiverviewMI92.5 mi.
State Parks
Van Buren State ParkMI10.8 mi. 
Warren Dunes State ParkMI25.5 mi. 
Warren Woods State ParkMI30.8 mi. 
Saugatuck Dunes State ParkMI35.6 mi. 
Horn Archaeological MuseumBerrien SpringsMI17.1 mi.(History)
Northern Indiana Center for HistorySouth BendIN34.8 mi.(History)
Studebaker National MuseumSouth BendIN34.8 mi.(Technology)
South Bend Regional Museum of ArtSouth BendIN34.8 mi.(Art)
Air Zoo-Aviation History Museum of Kalamazoo(Michigan)KalamazooMI35.2 mi.(Technology)
Kalamazoo Institute of ArtsKalamazooMI35.2 mi.(Art)
Hesston Steam MuseumLaporteIN46.4 mi.(Technology)
Kingman MuseumBattle CreekMI56.1 mi.(Science)
Zoos and Aquariums
Potawatomi ZooSouth BendIN34.8 mi.
Binder Park ZooBattle CreekMI56.1 mi.
Lincoln Park Zoological GardensChicagoIL75.0 mi.
John G. Shedd AquariumChicagoIL75.0 mi.
Brookfield ZooBrookfieldIL85.5 mi.
Racine Zoological GardensRacineWI86.1 mi.
Fort Wayne Children's ZooFort WayneIN93.5 mi.
Potter Park Zoological GardensLansingMI94.8 mi.
Milwaukee County Zoological GardensMilwaukeeWI102.3 mi.

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