On the shores of Lake Michigan, Van Buren State Park is an active RV camping family’s wonderland. With a gorgeous beach, scenic hiking trails and affordable RV camping, this state park meets our seal of approval for a great vacation spot.
Just two hours’ drive from Chicago along I-90, the park is easy to reach. Once there, here’s what you can expect to enjoy at Michigan’s Van Buren State Park.
Van Buren State Park Campgrounds
Doesn’t it whet your RV camping appetite to read “220 campsites just 400 yards from Lake Michigan?” These up-to-date campsites offer electric hookups (some 50-amp), as well as clean, modern restrooms and showers just steps away.
The Van Buren State Park setting is best described as “rolling dunes, a mile-long stretch of sandy beach and beautifully-wooded recreation areas.” You can reserve your Van Buren State Park campsite here. At $22 for the most expensive site, this is definitely a bargain thrifty RV campers will appreciate.
The Van Buren Trail
One of the best reasons to travel to this Michigan state park is for the chance to travel the 14-mile Van Buren Trail. With a dirt and gravel surface suitable for biking, hiking and horseback riding, it’s a great day trip for active families. The trailhead is located just minutes away in South Haven, MI.
The trail is also very affordable, just seven dollars for a family day pass and three dollars for individuals. That pass will also give you access to the 33-mile Kal-Haven Trail from South Haven to Kalamazoo, if you’re planning to stay a little longer.
Van Buren State Park Beach and Dunes
We can’t mention a Lake Michigan campground without mentioning the beautiful beaches! Van Buren State Park’s mile-long stretch of beach is no exception. Lie on the sand beach and while away the day or splash in the waves of Lake Michigan. Photograph the area’s “high dunes” and watch for wildlife and birds through your camera lens. You decide how to spend your time on this state park’s idyllic beach front.
Before you leave the South Haven, Michigan area, experience the charm of this historic resort town. Here are just a few ways to immerse yourselves in this Lake Michigan community:
- Lake Michigan Fishing Charters and Boat Tours
- McIntosh Apple Orchards and Cider Mill
- Michigan Maritime Museum
- Riverfront Park (it even has a lighthouse!)
- South Haven’s Four Municipal Marinas – boat launches, bait and fishing concessions, sailboat supplies and repairs
- South Haven’s Public Beaches (take advantage of the free “Beach Bus”!)
The shores of Lake Michigan are a place all motorhome camping families should experience! Book your campsite at Van Buren State Park in South Haven to discover the lure this area has had for campers for more than a century.