Bear Cave

4085 N. Red Bud Trail
Buchanan, MI 49107

Ranger Station: (269) 695-3050

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Rich in historic tradition, this preserve was built on the site of a former Indian village. Bear Cave is the only cavern in the Great Lakes area. Beautiful stalactites, flowstone, petrified leaves and strange shapes—all delicately colored by the metal oxides of native ores, are present throughout the cave. Outside, the area surrounding Bear Cave is rich in wooded hills, wildflowers and deep ravines. The resort is located on the St. Joseph River and is popular with fishermen. Lake Michigan is less than 20 miles west and Warren Dunes State Park is also easily accessible.


Campsites: 70 hookups; 24 RPI, CTC & AOR sites; 5 tent sites; 16 long-term seasonal sites; overflow & storage sites.

Rentals: 10 park models.

Member Amenities

Basketball court, boat dock, boat launch, boat rentals, clubhouses, fishing, game room, general store, horseshoes, hot tub, laundry facility, pavilion, picnic area, playground, river frontage, shuffleboard, swimming pool, TV room.

Points of Interest

  • Red Bud Track & Trail racetrack, 1/4 mile
  • Fernwood Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve, 6 miles
  • Tabor Hill Winery, 7 miles
  • Lemon Creek Winery & Fruit Farm, 9 miles
  • Lake Michigan, 20 miles
  • Notre Dame University, 35 miles


GPS Coordinates: N 41° 52' 55.80" and W 86° 21' 30.60"

From Chicago: Take I-94 to Rt. 12; go east on US 12 for approx 28 miles to Red Bud Trail. Turn left (north) on Red Bud Trail and proceed about six miles to the resort sign, which is on the right.

From Detroit: Take I-94 to Exit 30 (Napier to US 31). Turn left at top of exit ramp. Follow approximately 2 miles to US 31 S. Go approximately 10 miles to Exit 13 (Snow Rd). Turn right to first stop sign (Red Bud Trail). Turn left, go 3 miles to resort.