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South Haven break guidePhoto by: Karen Chmielewski

South Haven Surf Guide

South Haven in Lake Michigan is an exposed beach/Pier break that has pretty consitent surf Offshore winds blow from the east. Short period wind swells are the rule and the ideal wave direction is from the west. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves. When it's working here, it can get crowded. Watch out for rocks.

South Haven Spot Info

Icon beachBeach/pierIcon  s43.9
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
3.1°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing South Haven:

The best conditions reported for surf at South Haven occur when a West swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the East.

Surf Forecasts:

Explore South Haven Location Map

Interactive South Haven surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail. The closest passenger airport to South Haven is Gerald R Ford International (Grand Rapids) Airport (GRR) in USA, 82 km (51 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to South Haven is Waukegan Rgnl (Chicago) Airport (UGN), also in USA, 129 km (80 miles) away.

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Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
Icon legend windLive Wind Speed (km/h)
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Please note that some surf spot locations are approximate to protect their exact location while others are not shown at close zoom level.
South Haven Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 26 March 2023, 02:12 Local Time
Sunday 26
Wave (m)
Period (s) 8 7 6 6
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-
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Swell History at South Haven

Surf stats for South Haven, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at South Haven

Wind stats for South Haven, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

Discover surf breaks near South Haven. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon beachBeach/pier
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    32km away
    • Icon beachBeach/pier
    • Icon  s44.0
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    49km away
    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s32.9
    Reliability: inconsistent
    98km away
    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s44.1
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    126km away
    • Icon beachBeach/jetty
    • Icon  s43.6
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    127km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To South Haven: