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The South Haven Lakeshore By Day.

Up until now I had only been in South Haven, Michigan around sunset. This always made for beautiful and romantic views looking west out into Lake Michigan. On a recent day road trip though I set out to see what the area looked like during the day with the sun shining.

I made the trek towards the shoreline and South Beach just outside of downtown. A recommended place to capture the scene is from up in the hills overlooking everything on Monroe Boulevard. It was time to get out on the open path towards the edge of the hill soon seeing…

South Haven, Michigan, Lake Michigan, beach

South Haven, Michigan, Lake Michigan, beach

…the dunes, brush, beach and the blue, vast Lake Michigan. Off in the distance sat the pier and South Haven South Pierhead Light.

South Haven, Michigan, Lake Michigan, beach

South Haven, Michigan, Lake Michigan, beach

South Haven, Michigan, Lake Michigan, beach

South Haven, Michigan, Lake Michigan, beach

South Haven, Michigan, Lake Michigan, beach

I found myself capturing all of the same photos as before except to sunny skies and daylight. It was great getting a different perspective seeing more of the color of the sand, lighthouse and water. When here at sunset the sky always seems to dominate color-wise. πŸ™‚

South Haven, Michigan, Lake Michigan, beach

Anyone for a romantic picnic with those views on the sand and sometimes even in the lakes waters?!

South Haven, Michigan, Lake Michigan, beach

South Haven, Michigan, Lake Michigan, beach

Back up top the hill, you’ll find additional romantic opportunities on the park benches lining the street.

South Haven, Michigan, Lake Michigan, beach

It was now time to walk the pier, under and along the catwalk towards the red lighthouse.

South Haven, Michigan, Lake Michigan, beach

South Haven, Michigan, Lake Michigan, beach

South Haven, Michigan, Lake Michigan, beach

South Haven, Michigan, Lake Michigan, beach

South Haven, Michigan, Lake Michigan, beach

On the pier I continuously looking forward and behind. There is just something about walking and hanging out along the lake, with the sound of the water that relaxes you. Not seeing land on the other side makes me think I’m in a place far-far away along the ocean. πŸ™‚

South Haven, Michigan, Lake Michigan, beach

South Haven, Michigan, Lake Michigan, beach

It was a fun afternoon checking out the South Haven lakeshore for the first time by day. Who knows what time of day, the year and what the weather will be like next time I come this way. Maybe it will give me an additional perspective of this scenic spot.

Checkout the post about my time here at sunset, also detailing more information about the lighthouse, catwalk and area: A Lake Michigan Lighthouse and Sunset in South Haven.

South Haven, Michigan, Lake Michigan, beach

What beaches and town shorelines would you recommend checking out along Lake Michigan? Anywhere?

A Lake Michigan Lighthouse and Sunset in South Haven.

Another evening, another stroll over to a lighthouse and Lake Michigan. This time the stop was in South Haven. I arrived at the South Beach right before sunset. What a great spot for a picnic.

South Haven, Michigan, Lake Michigan, lighthouse, pier, beach at sunset

My primary motivation for coming here was to checkout the lighthouse and lake. The mix of clouds and sky on this evening, leading to a beautiful sunset, was an added bonus. I walked onto the south pier that ran alongside the beach and headed towards The South Haven South Pierhead Light.

South Haven, Michigan, Lake Michigan, lighthouse, pier, beach at sunset

I looked towards the shoreline and beach as I walked.

South Haven, Michigan, Lake Michigan, lighthouse, pier, beach at sunset

Others stood on the pier capturing photos as water from the lake waves kept hitting the payment. It was a chilly and windy evening. That just added to the scenery. The path towards the lighthouse took me underneath the catwalk. It is the original catwalk which links the lighthouse to the shore and is one of only four left in Michigan.

South Haven, Michigan, Lake Michigan, lighthouse, pier, beach at sunset

I reached the end of the pier and 37-foot high lighthouse. The sky was getting more colorful by the moment.

South Haven, Michigan, Lake Michigan, lighthouse, pier, beach at sunset

The current lighthouse became operational in 1903 and a station at this spot dates back to 1872. It marks the entrance to the Black River.

South Haven, Michigan, Lake Michigan, lighthouse, pier, beach at sunset

Looking over to the right you can see the north pier light opposite. Another light that looks like a cigarette to me haha.

South Haven, Michigan, Lake Michigan, lighthouse, pier, beach at sunset

There’s a splash! πŸ™‚

South Haven, Michigan, Lake Michigan, lighthouse, pier, beach at sunset

Doing a 180 there’s the catwalk and behind the sunset lit town.

South Haven, Michigan, Lake Michigan, lighthouse, pier, beach at sunset

South Haven, Michigan, Lake Michigan, lighthouse, pier, beach at sunset

The sun was almost down. I captured a few more pictures on the pier before heading back onto the beach to watch the sun go below the horizon. The orange colored sky! I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. πŸ™‚

South Haven, Michigan, Lake Michigan, lighthouse, pier, beach at sunset

South Haven, Michigan, Lake Michigan, lighthouse, pier, beach at sunset

South Haven, Michigan, Lake Michigan, lighthouse, pier, beach at sunset

South Haven, Michigan, Lake Michigan, lighthouse, pier, beach at sunset

South Haven, Michigan, Lake Michigan, lighthouse, pier, beach at sunset

South Haven, Michigan, Lake Michigan, lighthouse, pier, beach at sunset

South Haven, Michigan, Lake Michigan, lighthouse, pier, beach at sunset

I got back in my vehicle and headed onto the elevated Monroe Boulevard along the shoreline to capture some pictures from above. It was pretty dark at this point so I turned on the flash. There is South Haven pier and lighthouse off in the distance.

South Haven, Michigan, Lake Michigan, lighthouse, pier, beach at sunset

Of course I ran into a park bench in a beautiful, romantic spot.

South Haven, Michigan, Lake Michigan, lighthouse, pier, beach at sunset

It was another great evening venture over to Lake Michigan, this time to South Haven. There is just something about lighthouses, the beach and a Lake Michigan sunset! πŸ™‚

You can checkout some of my other Lake Michigan lighthouse explorations:
Michigan: St. Joseph Lighthouse and Tisconia Park.
Michigan: Holland State Park and the β€œBig Red” Lighthouse
Michigan: The Lighthouses of Grand Haven

South Haven, Michigan, Lake Michigan, lighthouse, pier, beach at sunset

What are some spots that you’ve loved capturing a sunset from in your travels or around home?