Chapter Info

A Brief History of the South Haven Steelheaders

The Michigan Steelheaders was formed in 1967. There were about 50 or so members of this organization who resided in and around South Haven, Michigan.   Starting in 1970, this group of men worked together to bring awareness to the new fishery that was developing in Lake Michigan by hosting the 1st local fishing tournament which was known at the time as the “South Haven Sportfishing Safari”.

In 1971, The Michigan Steelheaders organization was incorporated as the Michigan Steelhead and Salmon Fisherman’s Assosication (MSSFA).  The first chapter of the MSSFA was formed in South Haven, Michigan on January 15, 1974 by those same 50 men.   Slight organizational name change or not, these men continued the tradition of hosting the annual May fishing tournament which eventually also became known by another name: The South Haven Pro-Am.

Community Service

From these humble beginnings, the organization and our chapter has grown and prospered.  As always, fishing and water quality issues remain a priority for the chapter.  However, the chapter also feels it is necessary to give back to the community.  Some projects that have been supported over the years by the South Haven Steelheaders Chapter include the following:

Sponsorship of various area youth teams such as soccer, football, baseball and softball.

Sponsorship of fishing tournaments

Donations to:

  • South Pier Catwalk Lights
  • South Haven Public Schools Football Scoreboard
  • Friends of Ratcliffe Field
  • We Care Foundation
  • South Haven Hospice
  • Al-Van Humane Society
  • South Haven School pitching machine
  • City of South Haven Boat Ramp project
  • Help with grant to the City of South Haven for fishing projects
  • Veteran’s Memorial in Bangor, Michigan
  • Fourth of July Fireworks
  • South Haven Coast Guard Auxiliary
  • Michigan Maritime Museum
  • Special Olympics
  • South Haven Kids Corner Fish Boil
  • South Haven Marina
  • South Haven D.A.R.E. Program
  • River Bend Boat Club
  • South Haven Skate Park
  • 4-H Fishing Camp
  • Celery Pond stream restoration project
  • Salmon in the Schools
  • Wounded Warrior
  • Hospice
  • Operation Injured Soldier
  • South Haven Emergency Services
  • South Haven Moose Lodge
  • Lighthouse Restoration Fund/Historical Assoc. of South Haven

If you’re considering becoming a member of the South Haven Steelheaders Chapter please see our Membership Info Page here.