Those who drive (or out) of downtown Berrien Springs via US Highway 31 may notice a white and green Shamrock Park sign on the north side of the busy road, just east of the river. What may go unnoticed to the casual passersby are the 3 important words on this sign: “Open All Year!” It’s true: in January, February, July or October, those seeking a quick escape in Southwest Michigan will find it in Shamrock Park, a year-round campground located on the banks of the St. Joseph river and owned and operated by the Village of Berrien Springs. Just 10 miles from I-94 on Old US Highway 31(M-139), 12 miles to the city of St. Joseph and Lake Michigan’s beautiful sandy beaches, and only 2 miles from Andrews University and the Berrien County Youth Fairgrounds, there is so much to enjoy in and around Shamrock Park.
January has seen a nearly full park – evidence that plenty of folks from near and far want to enjoy outdoor recreation, even during the winter months. The park offers 125 sites, 67 of which include sewer, water, and electricity. There are also 3 cabins available for rent. And the boat launch, just north of the bridge, has been a busy point for charters and the winter fishermen seeking a haul of salmon, steelhead, walleye, and more. And did we mention the complimentary wifi? If you’re working remotely anyway, why not take your job on the road and mix business with pleasure?
The rates are very reasonable, too:
“We’re just off the St. Joseph River, which is very nice. South Bend, Benton Harbor, St. Joseph, and South Haven. All easily within driving distance from here,” states Rick Camacho, manager of Shamrock Park. “There’s a lot of different reasons why people come here. Some people just come to get away. They may just spend the day here to fish. It’s a very low-key place, a very nice, quiet park.”
If you’re looking for a tranquil haven where you can get away and enjoy some peace and wintry Michigan outdoor beauty, visit www.shamrockpark.net.
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