South Haven

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If you plan on going, don't expect the best of conditions. Stay for the nice atmosphere, sun, and sandy beaches. There's a public skatepark on South Beach (Other side of the pier) in case the surf is terrible/flat.

South Haven is a small tourist town dotted with condos. Nice days attract moderate crowds of a few hundred. Barrels are rare to nil. There are some snack shops along the beach but the service is terrible and the food overpriced. Go into town if you want food or bring your own. Locals are pretty friendly but most of the people that go on holidays/sunny days are from out of town (as far away as Illinois).

Additional Info:
Always check conditions before going. Best waves occur during, before, and after stormy weather. No lifeguards on site so surf with someone. Strong undertow at times. More people skimboard here then surf. Also, the water can be very cold so bring a wetsuit.


Take I-94 to M-43 until you reach South Haven. Continue into town and take a left after crossing the bridge for the harbor. You will see signs for North Beach Public Access. Parking fee is $5 during summer.

WalkShort walk (5-15 min)
Public accessYes
4x4 requiredUnknown
Boat requiredUnknown
Wave Characteristics
DirectionRight and left
PowerFun, Ledgey
FrequencySometimes breaks (50 days/year)
Normal lengthShort (<50m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Ideal Conditions
Wind directionNorthWest
Swell directionNorth, NorthWest
Swell size3ft-5ft - 3ft+
TideLow and mid tide
Tide movementDon't know
WeekFew surfers
WeekendFew surfers

Rips / undertow, Man-made danger (buoys etc..), Private beach



Nearby spots
Holland North Pier

26.15 miles away

Direction:Right and left
Frequency:Sometimes breaks (50 days/year)