Paw Paw Lake Coloma, Michigan. Just the name invokes lazy, hot summer days in a carefree small town setting. Situated in Southwest Michigan, 891-acre Paw Paw Lake is a country-like setting, but not at all secluded. Chicago is only two hours away, and Benton Harbor is considered a ‘trip to town’ at a little over ten miles. The lake’s close proximity to population centers is what made Paw Paw Lake a popular resort by the late 1800s.
The Heron’s Nest is the ideal place for exploring the Lake Michigan shoreline. Warren Dunes State Park is 25 miles away. Paw Paw Lake offers all sorts of water sports, swimming and fishing. A public golf course is located along the south shore of Paw Paw Lake. Adults enjoy the Lake Michigan Wine Trails & Brewery Tours and no one can resist a leisurely drive along the Blue Star Highway, through Lake Michigan dune country and views of luxurious lake shore homes. If birding is your pleasure, the nearby Sarrett Nature Center in Benton Harbor can provide maps and direct you to favored locations to view both inland and shore birds.