The City Boat Launch is located on Anchor's Court, on Marina Island. There is a small daily per car/trailer parking fee for both residents and non-residents; residents and non-residents may purchase a season parking permit from the City Clerk's Office at City Hall. For current parking permit fees, click here

 September 25, 2013, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held with the grand opening of the new fish cleaning station located at the City Boat Launch. New restrooms were also constructed and are handicap accessible. The station, at the city's boat launch along Anchor's Way on Marina Island, has a roof for all-weather use, stainless steel tables and water hoses, outlets for electric knives and other appliances, a grinder that emulsifies fish guts, and a scaler for perch and other catch. Employees at West Basin Marina will keep the station clean.

The cost for the project was estimated at $330,000 but was completed for $265,800, including $105,800 in city funds.The project was made possible by a $150,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Great Lakes Fishery Trust and a $10,000 donation from the local chapter of Michigan Steelheaders, which promotes salmon fishing.  

 

Dickinson Park, at the corner of Lakeview and Wallace Avenues, is owned by the City. The park contains baseball and softball fields and is the home of the high school baseball and softball teams. The fields are available for public use when not occupied by school activities.

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The John and Dede Howard Family Recreation Trail begins behind the Water Plant, at the south end of Lions Park Drive (just below the pedestrian bridge from Lake Court), and runs north to Park Street; west to Silver Beach (use the sidewalk); north along the park sidewalk to Elm Street; north and then east along the edges of Whirlpool Field; north on the south side of Vine Street; east through the Upton Arboretum along the St. Joseph River, and continues east below the Berrien County Courthouse before ending at the Bicentennial Bridge. This multi-use path allows for beautiful views of Lake Michigan and the St. Joseph River over most of its length. Trail map

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John E. N. Howard Band Shell is located at the corner of Lake Boulevard and Port Street and hosts the Municipal Band concerts; St. Joseph Today sponsored Brown Bag and Friday Night concerts, as well as, a variety of other public events. The facility may also be rented for weddings only. For additional rental information, please contact Public Works by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. the or calling 983-6341. 

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kiwanisKiwanis Park is located on Pearl Street near Langley Avenue; there is also a picnic shelter available for church, school and children's groups only. Call (269) 983-6325 to make reservations. Other groups may use the shelter on a first come, first-served basis. The park also has a softball field, a basketball court, and playground equipment. Kiwanis Park is also home to the John and Dede Howard Skateboard Park, an in-line skating/skateboarding/BMX biking facility. You will also find the Dog Park at this location.

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Lions Park Beach located at the south end of Lions Park Drive, has three shelters, public restrooms, grills, picnic tables, and playground equipment. There are no lifeguards and swimming at this beach is discouraged. There is a small daily per car parking fee for both residents and non-residents. Residents may obtain a free seasonal parking permit from the City Clerk's Office at City Hall. For current parking permit fees, click here.

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Margaret B. Upton Arboretum provides approximately eleven hundred feet of footage on the south side of the St. Joseph River, adjacent to the downtown area. The park is a great place to take the kids and feed the ducks or to enjoy the many sculptures placed throughout the park. The Howard Recreation Trail passes through the arboretum.

lookout park

Lookout Park located on Lakeshore Drive north of Hawthorne Avenue, has two separate parking areas with picnic facilities allowing a scenic view of Lake Michigan. The southerly parking area includes the Richard Kiesel Memorial Viewing Structure, which allows visitors the closest approach to the edge of the bluff and the best view.

miltonMilton Park is located at the corner of Niles and Winchester Avenues. It is a passive park with play area and playground equipment.

riverview1Riverview Park located at 2927 Niles Road is a 107-acre park located in a bend of the St. Joseph River. The park has baseball fields, playground equipment, picnic shelters, and nature trails. Several of the shelters are available for rental through Public Works by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling at (269) 983-6341.  

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Whittlesey Park located at 2414 Willa Drive, is home to the John and Dede Howard Ice Arena; there is an open play field adjacent to the Ice Arena.

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Tiny Tot's Park is located at the corner of Willa Drive and Botham Avenue and has a playground specifically designed for younger children.

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Tiscornia Park is a family oriented park located on sixteen acres along the shoreline of Lake Michigan at the northwest corner of the City. Amenities include the North Pier Lighthouse and walkway that is a popular spot for fishing and watching sunsets, restroom facilities, sandy beach and a pavilion that will accommodate about forty for picnics and is available for rental through Public Works by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. the or calling (269) 983-6341. There is a small daily per car parking fee for both residents and non-residents. Residents may obtain a free seasonal parking permit and non-residents may purchase a seasonal parking permit from the City Clerk's Office at City Hall. For current parking permit fees, click here.

Your tour will start at Lake Bluff Park, near the Whitcomb Hotel. As you scan the area below the bluff you notice the Margaret B. Upton Arboretum with its many sculptures and park benches, the St. Joseph River, the St. Joseph Lighthouse and magnificent Lake Michigan. It is these vital waterways that have helped shape the destiny of the region.

The John and Dede Howard Skate Park is an in-line skating, skateboarding, and BMX biking facility. Complete with ramps, rails and half-pipes. Helmets are recommended.

A Zoning Map of the City can be found under the Code of Ordinances webpage. Other maps are available on the City's current master plan located under the Zoning Department's webpage. If you require a more "tourist-friendly" map of downtown please visit St. Joseph Today's location map (please report if link is broken). If you have further questions about Maps in the City of St. Joseph please feel free to contact the City and we will be happy to help you.

The Welcome Center promotes tourism in the area.

Recreational programs including the Summer Recreational Program and the Summer Tennis program are managed by the Parks Department. If you visit the Parks Department, you will find relevant forms for registration for and information about these programs.

Looking for something fun to do? St. Joseph offers 17 parks encompassing more than 200 acres, with a variety of recreational opportunities. Whether you prefer an afternoon of fishing, relaxing on one of our beaches, taking a stroll along picturesque trails, or hitting the skateboard park, you're sure to find it here. Current Beach Conditions

Located off of Willa Drive and adjacent to Whittlesey Park, the John and Dede Howard Ice Arena is a great, family-friendly, ice rink within the City of St. Joseph to bring your friends and family.

St. Joseph, known for its abundant natural resources and great picturesque landscapes, makes a wonderful place to get married. St. Joseph has been nationally acclaimed as "Michigan's Most Romantic City" by the Detroit Free Press and the "Riviera of the Midwest" by the Fine Living Channel.

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