Set along a 1-mile-long stretch of Lake Michigan shoreline, the state park is home to high dune formations, a modern campground, woodland trails and a day-use area. The park’s most prominent natural features are its sandy beach, forested dunes, interdunal wetlands and diverse vegetation.
Approximately 340 feet of additional lakeshore will join seamlessly with the already existing mile of state park beach.
“This is a great opportunity to partner with Van Buren County,” said Matt Metzger, supervisor for Van Buren State Park. “We look forward to playing an active role in management of such a unique piece of land and helping make it a special place for visitors to enjoy for years to come.”
While much will remain the same, visitors can expect to see new site signage, revised hours of operation, and more consistency among land use rules and the requirement for the Recreation Passport between both parcels. Parking along Ruggles Road will now require a Recreation Passport.
For more information, contact Matt Metzger, park manager, at 269-637-2788 or MetzgerM1@Michigan.gov or John Faul, Van Buren County administrator, at 269-657-8253 or FaulJ@VBCO.org.