Van Buren State Park (Michigan)

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Van Buren State Park
Map showing the location of Van Buren State Park
Map showing the location of Van Buren State Park
Location within the state of Michigan
Location Van Buren County, Michigan, USA
Nearest city South Haven, Michigan
Coordinates 42°20′52″N 86°18′03″W / 42.34778°N 86.30083°W / 42.34778; -86.30083Coordinates: 42°20′52″N 86°18′03″W / 42.34778°N 86.30083°W / 42.34778; -86.30083
Area 400 acres (1.62 km²)
Established 1965
Governing body Michigan Department of Natural Resources
http://www.michigandnr.com/parksandtrails/details.aspx?id=502&type=SPRK
For the Ohio State Park, see Van Buren State Park (Ohio).

Van Buren State Park is a 400-acre (1.6 km2) state park on Lake Michigan south of South Haven, Michigan, United States. The park, which is maintained and operated by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, is located in the southwest corner of South Haven Township and the northwest corner of Covert Township, just north of the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant.

Van Buren became a state park in May 1965 when the original 167-acre (0.68 km2) plot was purchased from the Harry LaBar Drake family. Since then two other land purchases have been made to make up the current park. It has forested sand dunes (see photo), modern camping and a popular swimming beach. A state park permit is required for entry.

Directly north of the park is the Van Buren County–owned North Point Conservation Area.

Facilities and activities[edit]

  • Swimming
  • Picnicking
  • Playground
  • Camping: The camping area has 220 modern sites and features flush toilets, showers, and electric hookups.
  • Metal Detecting: Metal detecting is permitted in designated areas of the park; however, any found items are subject to review by park staff and may be retained pending further investigation.
Lake Michigan shore at Van Buren State Park, winter
Sand Dunes at Van Buren State Park, winter
Lake Michigan shore in winter, Van Buren State Park

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