South Haven is a small & family-friendly town with the best beaches in Michigan. Did you know there are 7 beaches and access points in South Haven? This guide will break down each of the beaches and what amenities each has. Plus, live South Haven beach cam.
One of the more popular beaches with the pier and lighthouse views. It also has a playground, skateboard park, grills, picnic area and close the the Friends Good Will Splash pad. Great beach for families. It’s ADA accessible and has restrooms.
South Haven’s North Beach is another large great family beach with a pier. It has picnic areas, playground, and beach volleyball courts. There’s a concession stand with drinks, food and also serves Sherman’s famous ice cream. It’s ADA accessible and has restrooms.
Packard Park & Beach Access
Great clean beach with lots of parking and restrooms. The beach is close to the parking lot and there’s a wooden deck nearby with seating overlooking Lake Michigan. The park has grills, picnic tables and a large grassy area with play equipment for kids. (This was the beach we loved during our last trip, see our top things to do in South Haven with kids!)
Oak Street Beach Access
Small but pretty beach. Less crowded than South and North beaches. Only about 10 parking spots. There is a wooden boardwalk with stairs that lead you to the beachfront. Not ADA accessible and no restrooms.
1st Street Beach
On the north tip of South Haven, 1st Street Beach is used mostly by the surrounding residents and vacation renters.
Dyckman Street Beach Access
With only 300 feet of beach, go to Dyckman Street Beach for a much quieter experience. A 120 feet wooden boardwalk takes you down to the sand and lake. Parking is available. Not ADA accessible and no restrooms.
Newcome Street Beach Access
This might be the smallest beach but nice and quiet. The access point is between two homes with a large wooden stairs to get down to the beachfront. No parking lot, limited spots on the street.
Van Buren State Park
At Van Buren overlook you can see the entire south pier and lighthouse. This spot is beautiful for sunsets. Van Buren park has the only sand dune in South Haven that’s tall enough to climb up and run down (try it, its fun)! The beach stretches a mile long, has restrooms, a picnic area, and even a playground. The park has hiking trails too.
South Haven Beach Cam
South Haven beach cam streaming live from south beach. Using webcams are great ways to check the weather and waves before heading to the beach to ensure conditions are good.
Is South Haven beach free?
Daily parking fee is around $10 to park at South Haven Public beaches.
Does South Haven beach allow dogs?
Deerlick Creek Beach is the only beach in South Haven that is dog-friendly. Van Buren State Park allows dogs at campsites but dogs are not allowed at the beach.