Michigan Shoreline Tour: Van Buren State Park

June 15, 2007

Van Buren State Park

Van Buren State Park, photo by Paladin27.

A little over a year ago, I blogged another photo from Paladin27’s Flying to South Haven set.

It might be cheating to go to the well twice, but it’s hard to find a way to convey the awesome scope of Michigan’s shoreline dunes without getting above them (and moving along them). Be sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2 of his video on YouTube of the flight.

The official page on Van Buren State Park (which makes the park look like it recently escaped from prison) says:

Van Buren State Park offers approximately 400 acres of land located along the Lake Michigan shoreline in northern Van Buren County. The focal points of the park are its high dune formations and one mile of sandy beach. Van Buren became a state park in May of 1965 when the original 167-acre plot was purchased from the Harry LaBar Drake family. Since then two other land purchases have been made to make up the current park.

The Wikipedia entry for Van Buren State Park needs some help as well. Anyone have some knowledge about the park and a little time?

The park has camping on over 200 sites, hiking on miles of trails and great sandy beaches. Here’s a Flickr photo map and also the Google Map for Van Buren State Park (looks like they caught a boat on the satellite flyover!)

2 Responses to “Michigan Shoreline Tour: Van Buren State Park”

  1. dann marc Says:

    Its cool ..your photos inpire me ..wanted to ask what gives you inward motivation to snap your style.

  2. Paladin27 Says:

    I’m glad you like my photos! I agree that Van Buren’s State Park website sucks horribly. Looking at their website makes me NOT want to visit the park. I need to get my buddy Allen to go for another lake shore flight this summer, I have much better photography equipment this time around!


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