Van Buren State Park


South Haven, Michigan
Phone: (269) 637-2788

Sites: 220
Recent Rate: $29 9/2009

Latitude: 42.334052
Longitude: -86.304571

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites
  • Big Rig Access
  • Tent Camping
  • Restrooms (Plumbed)
  • Pit Toilets
  • Showers
  • $0.00 Shower Fee
  • Laundry Facilities
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee
  • Dump Station
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee
  • Propane Available
  • Firewood Available
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts
  • Water Spigot
  • Picnic Shelter
  • RV Wash
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee
  • Corral
  • Landing Strip
  • Overflow Parking
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP)
  • Electric (50 AMP)
  • Water
  • Sewer
  • WiFi
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee
  • Cellular Phone Service
  • Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup
  • Phone
  • Central Modem
  • Pets Allowed
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.)
  • Pool Access
  • Family Friendly
  • Playground
  • Pet Area
  • Waterfront
  • Clubhouse
  • Camp Store
  • Cafe / Snack Bar
  • Business Center
  • Group Camping
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Group Kitchen
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Concierge Services
  • Walking Trail(s)
  • Recreation Room
  • Gym/Workout Facilities
  • Beach Access
  • Boat Ramp
  • Marina
  • Boat Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Golfing
  • Bike Path(s)
  • Bike Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Spa
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Volley Ball
  • Sports Field
  • Arcade Games
  • Live Entertainment
  • Amphitheatre
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf
  • Billiards
  • Ping Pong
  • Lake
  • Pond
  • River
  • Creek
  • Ocean
  • Water Park
  • Casino

Review Details

Ratings overview

5 Reviews

These reviews are the opinion of an RVParkReviews’ member and not the views of

Mariposa Paul

Review Count: 25
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $29.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a beautiful park: the sites are well situated. The $29 represents total cost of site plus per person for entry. The park people were friendly. We camped at Van Buren State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

Having chosen a site off the Internet, sight unseen, we were pretty lucky. We had site 31 which is very shady, but we did have a very hard time getting our 25' trailer in there. Would be better suited for tents, smaller trailer or pop ups. Site was level. Many sites in park are not and many do not have shade. Sites 27 & 41 were either wet or had standing water in them so beware. Sites 19-35 all had a lot of standing water behind them. Took a hike passed the volleyball courts (by day use area) on the trail to the beach and down. Would be way to much work with children but we enjoyed it. Dogs not allowed on beach, we carried our small one once down there. Camps hosts were wonderful and friendly and kept the campsites spotless. Had a real nice DNR young man stop by and show us a spider and told us of a night hike he was leading that night. We really enjoyed our stay here, but depending on where you are, it could be iffy. There were a lot of groups that camped together, but nights quieted down. We look forward to going back and walked around and chose the only sites we would consider. We camped at Van Buren State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 63
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: - $17.00
Overall Rating:      

Nicely separated sites, although sites are on sand, lucky to get a patch of grass. No real playground, only a jungle gym. Beach is too far a walk across 2 hot parking lots. Over priced when you add in the daily park fee. Beach is small and water was full of green slime. No park programs offered during our stay, only on weekends in the middle of summer! We camped at Van Buren State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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palm tree

Review Count: 69
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

We reserved a grassy, level site 42 x 45 feet based on the reservation service description. Upon arrival we asked if we would have a problem with a rig our size. We were assured that big rigs use the park all the time with no problems. Our site was a patch of earth with sparse grass and what appeared to be a gravel pad. We backed in and were so unlevel our bubble was clear at the end of the level. Jockeying a little forward and a little backward failed to budge the bubble. My husband decided to just pull out and go back to the front gate. In no time we were hubcap deep in sand. The "gravel pad" was a thin layer of pea gravel over sand. To avoid making a bad situation worse, we talked to the Camp Host who sent a Dept. of Natural Resources guy to help us. He brought a shovel and boards. His comment was that we weren't in bad and he would have us out in no time. He layed two boards end to end after shoveling a bit. When my husband pulled forward as instructed the last board shot backward and bent the front bottom cap portion of our 5th wheel all to heck. They said they had no other sites except one that was "worse" than the one we were on so we requested a refund and insurance information. They refunded $29 for the entrance fee required and all but $8 of our prepaid reservation. They said that was a non-refundable fee. The DNR guy did help my husband secure the front cap of the RV so we could proceed to a commercial campground. The gentleman who led us to our site there said he had the same thing happen at the park and had to pay $150 to a wrecker to get him out. He said it happens all the time. My advice is don't go there unless you have a pop-up or tent. Compared to the Ohio State Park we had just left, this place was a dump. No more Michigan State Parks for us.l We camped at Van Buren State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $23.00
Overall Rating:      

We made reservations on line, having never been there before we weren't sure about the different loops. When we arrived, our site was very unlevel. After struggling to get level, we went back to the office. The young lady at the desk was very helpful and we were given a different site to move to. It's about half mile walk to the beach on Lake Michigan (or you can drive) We were one of a few motorhomes, lots of tents and popups, but we had plenty of room. We camped at Van Buren State Park in a Motorhome.

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