Water Sports for Guests of Southwest Michigan Vacation Rentals

Vacationers staying in a vacation rental in South Haven Michigan can enjoy a variety of water-based activities on the lakes and rivers of this lovely area, including swimming, fishing, boating, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, and pleasure cruising.

Take a scenic cruise of Lake Michigan on the 38-foot catamaran Cat's Meow (River Noire Yacht Club, 574-220-7007) or the 42-foot Mariposa from Shaul Sailboat Charter (269-637-5756). The tall ship Friends Good Will offers sailing excursions aboard a historic vessel from the Maritime Museum (269-637-8078) starting at $30 for a 90-minute cruise.

Renting a wave runner from Martin's Ski Rental (269-906-1754) is great fun for guests of South Haven vacation rentals.

Numerous fishing charters are available to visitors who stay in a South Haven rental, including the Finn Fighter in Paw Paw (866-655-8585), T-IL-DO Charters in South Haven (269-214-6934), South Haven Fishing Charters (269-208-3545), Strong Performance Charters (269-342-5317), and Water Waltz Charters (269-628-4471).

South Haven cottage rentals are also convenient to several local marinas. Woodland Harbor Marina (269-637-9380) offers 25-foot to 48-foot slips on the Black River and on a basin off the river. The South Haven Municipal Marinas (269-637-3171), located just a block from downtown South Haven, offers daily and seasonal dockage.

Boaters staying in a St. Joseph Michigan vacation rental can dock at the West Basin Marina, located on 273 Marina Drive (269-983-5432), or launch from the City Boat Launch at Anchor's Court on Marina Island.

Saugatuck offers a wealth of water-based fun. From May to October, travelers who rent a Saugatuck Michigan vacation rental can take a cruise down the Kalamazoo River and along the shore of Lake Michigan aboard the old-fashioned stern wheeler Star of Saugatuck. Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for children ages 6-12, and $5 for children ages 3-5. Call 269-857-4261 for information about the Star of Saugatuck cruise.

Other unusual boating excursions in Saugatuck include crossing the river in a hand-cranked ferry or traveling around Saugatuck and Douglas in the Duck (269-857-DUCK), a WWII amphibious vehicle. For more fun on the water, guests of Saugatuck vacation homes can rent jet skis, motor boats, kayaks, pontoon boats, or sailboats.

Numerous Saugatuck fishing charters offer guests of Saugatuck and Douglas vacation rentals the opportunity to fish for trout, salmon, pike, perch, and numerous other species. Some local charter companies include Best Chance Charters (269-857-4762), Can't Miss Charter Services (269-857-6007), CoHooker Charter Service (888-253-8372), and Matt's Charter Service (269-857-4316).

In addition to Lake Michigan and the numerous smaller lakes nearby, Southwestern Michigan is home to several major rivers. On the St. Joseph River, guests of St. Joseph rentals will find moderately fast to quiet waters. Vacationers staying in Union Pier home rentals can float quietly down the Galien River as it runs from Galien to New Troy on the edge of Lake Michigan.

Travelers renting South Haven Michigan lodging can go kayaking and canoeing on the placid Black River as it winds through South Haven and Bangor into Lake Michigan. Old Allegan Canoe Rental in Fennville (269-561-5481) offers trips on the Kalamazoo River as it passes through the pristine Allegan Forest and Ottawa Marsh.


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