Van Buren State Park (Michigan)

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Van Buren State Park
Sand Dunes, Lake Michigan, winter.JPG
Park sand dunes snow-covered in winter
Map showing the location of Van Buren State Park
Map showing the location of Van Buren State Park
Location in Michigan
LocationVan Buren County, Michigan, USA
Nearest citySouth Haven, Michigan
Coordinates42°19′54″N 86°18′12″W / 42.33167°N 86.30333°W / 42.33167; -86.30333Coordinates: 42°19′54″N 86°18′12″W / 42.33167°N 86.30333°W / 42.33167; -86.30333
Area400 acres (160 ha)
Elevation646 feet (197 m) [1]
Established1965
Governing bodyMichigan Department of Natural Resources
WebsiteVan Buren State Park

Van Buren State Park is a 400-acre (1.6 km2) state park on Lake Michigan south of South Haven, Michigan, United States.[2] 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]

The park offers swimming, picnicking, playground, and a 220-site campground.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Van Buren State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ a b "Van Buren State Park". Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved June 27, 2018.

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