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While in South Haven, many of our guests choose to lead a more adventure vacation than the leisurely pace we're known for. If you're one of those guests, check out the rentals, activities, and more we've outlined below.



SoHa Surf Shop

(269) 872-3044

Paddleboard Rental

Outpost Sports


Kayak, Paddleboard, Boogie Board, Skim Board, and Bike Rental



Bicycles and accessories rental

Black River Boat Rentals

(269) 872-3249

Our beaches are beautiful, but look extra special when viewed from the deck of your boat at sunset. Speedster, River Cruiser, and Dinghy rentals available.

Adventure Watersports

(269) 214-6723

Full instructions included. Boats, dinghys and jet skis available, as well as tubes for extra fun!

Lake Michigan doesn't have salt, sharks, or the Big Sur, but that doesn't stop an intrepid collection of surfers from hanging ten whever the waves hit just right. Not only will you find traditional surfers, but you're even more likely to see a kite surfer or two anytime the wind kicks up the whitecaps. On the best days, we've seen over 20 kite boarders at a time. The crew at SoHa Surf Shop can answer your questions and help you gear up for your first Great Lakes' Surf experience!

Boat Charters


Friends Goodwill

(269) 637-8078

Sometimes referred to as the "Pirate Ship," our famous tall ship is a rare sight on Lake Michigan, but you can be a part of it by hitching a ride! You may even get to help with a line or sail. Located at the Michigan Maritime Musuem, just across the harbor.


Lindy Lou

(269) 637-8078

Take a leisure cruise down the Black River and around the harbor with your guide from the Maritime Museum. You'll learn about South Haven's past and enjoy it's serene beauty as you travel upriver, then back.


Cat's Meow Cruises

(574) 220-7007

Charter this catamaran for a day of fun with up to 6 guests.


Jensen Charters

(269) 470-6100

Step aboard the Elsie J tugboat and step into one family's 70+ year tradition.


Gypsy Soul Charters

(269) 637-5756

Located directly behind our main building, The Gypsy Gale is a favorite of our guests.

Fishing Charters & Supplies



IT-IL-DO Charters

(269) 214-6934


Pyle's Porthole

(269) 637-6720

Stock your tackle box, grab some extra gear, including a sixer or two, and pick up a fishing license all at Pyle's.

Biking, Hiking, and Trails

If you're bringing your own set of wheels or renting a bike for the day, you'll love the designated bike path through town. It connects the Van Buren Trail and the Kal-Haven Trail. The Van Buren Trail runs South of town to the State park, with plenty to do there. This trail is partial asphalt, with the rest of the trail scheduled to be re-surfaced in Spring of 2016. The Kal-Haven Trail is a former raised train rail bed and runs the 35 miles to Kalamazoo on a slag-stone surface. This trail passes through several small towns and offers a wonderful chance to see the blueberry fields, wildlife, and scenic beauty that makes South Haven one-of-a-kind.

Check out our Great Outdoors page for more information on these trails.

Hitting the Green


Beeches Golf Course

(269) 637-2600

Beeches Golf Club offers an affordable round of golf coupled with superior turf conditioning, guest services and layout (W. Bruce Matthews III signature course).

Hawkshead Links

(269) 639-2121

Family owned and designed by world-renowned golf architect Arthur Hills. Greens are nestled in among the oaks, pines and breeze off Lake Michigan. HawksHead provides an exciting game of golf plus great dining. Features 18 holes, 6984 yds @ Par 72.

Everything Else


Gingerman Raceway

(269) 253-4445

Feel the roar of the engine as the cars line up in pit row, then feel the blast of air as they slide around corners and down the straightaways. Only 6 miles from downtown and featuring beautiful, sprawling grounds, it's a great way to spend a warm summer afternoon!

Michigan Warbird Plane Rides

(269) 277-3059

Strap into the WWII trainer plane and see South Haven from a whole different persepective. Each ride is tailored to you, be it a leisurely open air jaunt down the lakeshore, a quick trip to snap some unique vacation pics in the air, or a high-flying, barrel-rolling adventure! The South Haven Airport is just a few minutes from downtown.