South Haven is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. Most of the city is in Van Buren County, although a small portion extends into Allegan County. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 5,021. The city is located to the northwest of South Haven Charter Township.
Due to its position on Lake Michigan, South Haven has always been a port city. During settlement, major ship lines stopped there, both passenger and freight. In the early 1900s South Haven became a resort town, sometimes referred to as "The Catskills of the Midwest." Though small ones remain, the large resorts are now gone, as are the shipping lines, but South Haven is still a major regional tourist draw because of its recreational harbor and beaches. It is the western terminus of the Kal-Haven Trail, popular with bicyclists and snowmobilers. Nearby are Van Buren State Park and the Van Buren Trail State Park.
Noted botanist Liberty Hyde Bailey was born in South Haven. His childhood home is now a museum.
Web Sites and Links
City of South HavenOfficial municipal web site.
Greater South Haven Area Chamber of CommerceProvides community and area information and links.
Our Town Players-South Haven Area Community TheatreCalender of productions, membership information, promotional information on productions, production photos, history and theatre description.
South Haven, MichiganTravel, recreation, lodging information, history and guide for South Haven, Michigan