Bangor-South Haven Heritage Water Trail

Bangor South Haven Heritage Water Trail AssociationWho We Are

The Bangor/South Haven Heritage Water Trail Association (B/SH HWTA) is volunteer group working to maintain a canoe and kayak trail encompassing 21 miles of the South Branch of the Black River between the cities of Bangor and South Haven in Van Buren County, Michigan.


To protect and present the scenic beauty and the heritage along the Black River between Bangor and South Haven.

About the Trail

The water trail is still being developed. (Read a trail description.) Numerous workdays have taken place to create a pathway through the logjams. There are pathway trimming days for which you can volunteer. We also host paddle events; we'll love to have you join us on the river!

Please note: Portions of the trail have not been developed; expect many obstructions and portages. County Road 687 downstream to CR 380 is currently very challenging with no way to exit the river until CR 380. This section would not be advised for family paddling.

When completed, signs along the route will educate and inform trail users about local history and the environment. The trail will provide creative ways for people to enjoy nature and history while promoting environmental awareness, local tourism, and economic development.


B/SH HWTA is not a rental or outfitting business, we do not have canoes or kayaks for rent. Please contact the South Haven Chamber of Commerce or the South Haven Visitors Bureau for those services.

Trail Map

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