NEW BUFFALO MICHIGAN TRAVEL & VISITORS GUIDE

Welcome to New Buffalo, Michigan

New Buffalo is located at the mouth of the Galien River on Michigan's west coast just north of the Indiana border. New Buffalo Michigan - the glorious summertime sunsets along the lakeshore recall dusk along Florida's Gulf Coast -- except, of course, for the greater likelihood of seeing the aurora borealis after nightfall.It is about a 90-minute drive from Chicago and the first stop for many visitors to Michigan entering from Indiana on eastbound Interstate 94.

New Buffalo greets visitors with a large and modern refuge harbor, an around-the-clock public boat launch, and a full service transient dock facility. There are plenty of shops, places to stay, places to eat, and recreational opportunities making it an ideal place to live or play.

New Buffalo is Pure Michigan


More than the beach nightlife and entertainment

New Buffalo is also the location for Southwestern Michigan's first gambling casino, the Four Winds Casino Resort, Southwest Michigan's only Hard Rock Cafe mixing food, live entertainment and rock-n-roll memorabilia into a high energy night spot and Silver Creek Event Center the place for concerts featuring headliner entertainment plus conferences and special events.


Mark your Calendar!

There is always something happening in New Buffalo, see our Calendar of Events for details and more family fun

Visit for a day or stay for a week

There are plenty of places to stay in New Buffalo. Charming Bed & Breakfasts, modern hotels, quaint inns, summer rentals or resort cabins...you'll find all your vacation rental needs within a few minutes of New Buffalo's harbor and beach.

And, don't forget the fishing gear! New Buffalo has some of the best salmon, trout and perch fishing on the Great Lakes.

Fishing Report for New Buffalo (Lake Michigan & Galien River)
Updates provided by Captain Greg @ Michigan Charter Co. (616) 446-1966

Tuesday | September 19, 2017:
Michigan Charter Co. Fishing offshore New Buffalo was outstanding, producing limits of trophy lake trout. Best action was from 100 to 150 FOW with deep downriggers and long Blood Run Coppers doing the trick. Assorted flasher fly setups produced, with none working better than another.

There are some steelhead and juvenile coho around as well, hitting free sliders with spoons on the downriggers.

There are chinook salmon staged in the Galien river, in the deeper darker holes closer to the harbor. River temps are still fairly high, and will hole these salmon up until the water cools or flows increase. Best methods to target these fish are floating salmon eggs under 15gram floats or by casting firetiger thundersticks to encourage an aggression strike. These are wild chinook, as chinook are no longer stocked in the Galien. Please handle these fish lightly and release these fish to spawn in order to protect our local wild chinook salmon stocks.

Galien River Channel Entrance:

Lat. 41 48' 07" N Long. 86 45' 13" W
Monitor Ch. 16 VHF

Getting here by car:

I-94 Exits 1 & 4
US-12 & M-239

Public Transportation:

Amtrak (Station located at 225 North Whittaker St.)