Van Buren State Park

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Greetings from South Haven, Michigan

Sea Glass Report on Van Buren State Park
just south of South Haven, MI

Went here on 6/5/12. Temps were unseasonably cool..mid 60's.  The tide was average. 

This elongated beach is a MUST if you're a rock hound! 

You seldom see this kind of array of rocks and stones. All colors, shapes, sizes and varieties. 

Of the items we collected yesterday, the marjority were rocks. 

Beach glass is here as well, we found clear, green and amber for the most part. Not a whole lot though, maybe 5-6 pieces an hour with the majority too small for jewelry grade.

Found a couple pieces of ceramic as well. 

If the tide were really low I could see more opportunities for glass, but as it was yesterday, I'd rate this beach just average (for glass). 

For rocks it would be an A+!

Rate the beach:  between FAIR & GOOD

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  • No photos were included with this report.
As always, we remind folks that sea glass beach reports are not confirmed by Lin or me at Odyssey Sea Glass unless otherwise stated. Reports that do not include photos of the sea glass found are less reliable. So use your own judgement in deciding whether to travel to a particular beach or not.

Wikipedia states:

Van Buren became a state park in May 1965 when the original 167-acre plot was purchased from the Harry LaBar Drake family. Since then two other land purchases have been made to make up the current park. It has forested sand dunes, modern camping and a popular swimming beach. A state park permit is required for entry.

To learn how to rate the sea glass found on a beach, see:

Great Lakes Sea Glass How to Grade Sea Glass
Have you been wondering how to grade sea glass? Here you will find an explanation of important features in real beach glass and a 5-grade quality scale,

For identifying the sea glass colors you find:

Great Lakes Sea Glass
Rare Sea Glass Colors Chart
20 of the rarest of the rare, harder to find, and fairly hard to find

Pure Sea Glass Identification Deck - Richard LaMotte/Celia Pearson
"From a collector of sea glass these cards were great. Just like a quick reference guide if you find a specific color with it's history. They are laminated so if they get wet it won't hurt them! Great find!" ~ J. Ericson
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