• Photo: Heidi Carrier
  • Photo: Heidi Carrier
  • Photo: Chris Crandall
  • Photo: Heidi Carrier
  • Photo: Heidi Carrier
  • Photo: Chris Crandall

Paw Paw & Southwest Michigan Lakes, Golf Courses, Camping & More

If you are looking for outdoor activities in Southwest Michigan than Paw Paw has what you’ve been searching for. In Paw Paw, it starts with the inland lakes. Plentiful and sparkling, our Southwest Michigan lakes offer an outdoor adventure for all seasons, including fishing and kayaking. You can also find some of the best Southwest Michigan golf courses in Paw Paw, local u-pick berry farms, and close proximity to the pristine sands of Lake Michigan. If you listen softly, you can almost hear the waves lapping outside of your cabin window. If you really want a true outdoor experience consider staying at the Paw Paw River Campground, or another Southwest Michigan campground close by such as the Oak Shores Campground or Pioneer Point Campground. The outdoors is calling your name in Paw Paw and is ready for you to come and explore. 

Ackley Lake

33992 Frederick Street - Paw Paw
Located in Paw Paw & Antwerp Townships (southeast section of Van Buren County), Ackley Lake has a total of 65 water acres. The public access site is located on Maple Lake, which joins Ackley Lake.

Adams Farms

69676 CR 376 - Hartford
Stop in any time for U-Pick, keep an eye on the weather; it is usually wet in the mornings and it gets hot in the afternoons in late August. We are certifies organic for some crops. Organic blueberries, Maply Syrup from trees on the farm, u-pick or already picked, restrooms, picnic area.

Badger Country Christmas Trees

61880 CR 365 - Lawrence
At Badger Country Christmas Trees we have Balsam Fir, Canaan Fir, Concolor Fir, Douglas Fir, Fraser Fir, Korean Fir, Scotch Pine, White Pine, and Blue Spruce trees. Our farm also features 9''+ trees, garlands and wreaths, living trees, machine cleaning, tree wrapping, and we do have stands available.

Bangor-South Haven Heritage Water Trail

P.O. Box 676 - South Haven
This water trail is one of nine designated heritage water trails in Michigan, offering 15 interpretive signs along the river. There are two “family-friendly” sections on this 23 mile water trail. The first is the upper three miles from Lions Park in Bangor downstream to County Road 687. The other is an eight-mile section from the B...

Bankson Lake

80th Ave - Lawton
Best fishing in Bankson Lake is Muskellunge and Northern Pike. Located in Porter Township (southeast corner of Van Buren County), this lake has a total of 202 water acres, a gravel ramp, parking, and restrooms. The public access site is located on the north side of the lake, off 80th Avenue.

Map of Bankson Lake

Bauer Raspberries

63221 CR 652 - Mattawan
raspberries (red), raspberries (Autmn, red), already picked produce

Late July-November

Big Dan's U-Pick'em & Farm Market

65980 66th Avenue - Hartford
Our fruits are ripened on the tree for best possible flavor and taste. Come see just how great peaches and apples can be! Join us and experience the family farm atmosphere with one of our free weekend hayrides in September and October. Free fruit samples and weekend hayrides. I-196 South to I-94 East, exit 46 turn right (south) onto CR-687, turn ri...

Bitter-Sweet Acres

12960 CR 665 - Bloomingdale
Enjoy a horse drawn wagon, sleigh, trolley or carriage ride at your event or on our farm. We do daylight or moonlight rides, please contact us for your reservation.

Bittersweet Ski Area

600 River Road - Otsego
16 Runs and the fastest lifts. . . sweet! Whatever you need, we have it at the Snowberry Ski Shop, or you can rent what you need from our full-service rental department. Our 2 snack bars, Outdoor grill, Winner’s Circle Lounge, and Copper Leaf Café are ready to serve you so you can get rejuvenated and back on the slopes!

Bloomingdale Depot Museum

110 S. Van Buren Street - Bloomingdale
Visit the historic Depot Museum, the only original depot left on the Kal Haven Trail between South Haven and Kalamazoo. The museum features displays and artifacts of the oil, rail, and lumber industries and local heritage of the Bloomingdale area. The Museum also features a history room, old iron toys, a miniature train display and a telegraph disp...

Blue Horizon Nursery and Gardens

9721 59th Street - Grand Junction
Blue Horizon Nursery is a grower offering some of the rarest and finest trees and ornamental shrubs. Our extensive collection includes dwarf and miniature conifers, ginkgoes, Japanese maples, flowering dogwoods, and more.  Our nursery, established in 2003 provides the highest quality rare plants to the enthusiast and the novice.  We are l...

Bonamego Farms

58041 48th St - Lawrence
Tree fruits.  Vegetables.  Grapes.  Chestnuts.  Christmas Trees.  A farm and also over 300 acres of forests and wetlands with hundreds of native plant species, maintained in an ecologically sustainable manner.

We manage our farm and surrounding forests and wetlands in a sustainable, ecologically conscious manner and wa...

Brandywine Lake

Brandywine Lake - Pine Grove Township
Located in Pine Grove Township (northeast corner of Van Buren County), Brandywine Lake has a total of 70 water acres, a gravel ramp, parking, and restrooms. The public access site is located on the west side of the lake, off Brandywine Road.

Map of Brandywine Lake

Brookside Farms

34448 44th Avenue - Paw Paw
U-Pick and Ready Picked blueberries and strawberries. Homemade pies, muffins, jams, maple syrup, pure honey, smoothies, and many other blueberry products.

Camp Kidwell

39000 1st Ave. - Bloomingdale
Summer Camp and retreat facility located in Southwest Michigan, near Bloomingdale, Michigan on Eagle lake. We provide traditional summer camping programs for children ages 4 to 16. We offer both resident and day camp programs that feature swimming, horseback riding, archery, canoeing, team building, drama, nature, sports and games, arts and crafts ...
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