The South Haven Steelheaders partnered with the City of South Haven to develop a public fishing site located along the Middle branch of the Black River. The project was titled “The Black River Access Improvement Project” and was awarded a $225,000 grant by the Great Lakes Fishery Trust. Both the South Haven Steelheaders and the City of South Haven contributed additional dollars and volunteer labor to the project.
The site is located approximately one mile upstream from Lake Michigan and is adjacent to a small stream. It is a popular fishing site for anglers throughout the area and provides excellent Steelhead fishing.
The objective of the project was to create a handicap accessible public fishing site and to provide fishing amenities along a 765′ stretch of shoreline. A bituminous drive was constructed along the length of the project with curbing, landscaping and parking spaces. A 260′ feet sea wall with a 10’feet wide fishing platform containing benches, open shelter, picnic tables and a barrier-free restroom facility were included.
The site has become a favorite location for kids fishing and also for producing tournament winning Steelhead. The popular Kal-Haven Bike Trail is also being extended to access this scenic site.