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New Buffalo, Michigan
NEW BUFFALO, MI · LAT. 41°48'07"N · LONG. 86°45'13"W

Welcome to New Buffalo, Michigan

Today is Monday - April 21, 2014 - Local time is 03:10AM (EDT)
New Buffalo is located at the mouth of the Galien River on Michigan's west coast just north of the Indiana border. Voted BEST in 2012 by NW Indiana Times 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!

  • Memorial Day Parade
  • St. Mary's Festival
  • Independence Day Celebration
  • NBYC Annual Corn & Sausage Roast
  • Ship & Shore Festival
  • Greek Fest
  • New Buffalo Harvest & Wine Fest
  • Annual Service League Arts & Crafts Show
  • Apple Cider Century Bike Race

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'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.

Weekly Fishing Report for New Buffalo (Lake Michigan)

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Sunday | April 20, 2014:
The boat is in the water and our first trip out was on Saturday for the Buffalo Bill Tournament, fishing is very good right now with a lot of tasty coho out there. We boxed 23 coho along with 2 kings weighing 13 and 17 pounds. Fishing was good from the state line down past Michigan City. Best water depths were 10' out to 30' of water. Body baits caught most of the fish, along with some SS spoons working as well. Flat lines on planer boards produced the best, however down riggers were working as well. Area reports say that coho are also being caught right in front of the New Buffalo harbor as well. Right now is the time to get out and experience the great fishery Lake Michigan has to offer.

— Captain Andy Peterson (Steel-N-Time Charters)

2014 Michigan Fishing Licenses now required. Copies of the State Fishing Guide and Inland Trout and Salmon Guides are available at all license vendors around the state. Need a fishing license? Get your Michigan fishing license on-line, just click here.

Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS)
The spread of Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia virus (VHSv) is forcing Michigan DNR to place a one-year moratorium on walleye, northern pike, and muskellunge production and stocking in state lakes. Now, a fish caught off the Wisconsin coast of Lake Michigan has tested postive for. If you land a fish game fish that is lethargic or bleeding around the eyes, note the location of the catch and notify Michigan or Indiana Fish & Game officials. Help stop the spread of Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS).

See a short PSA about VHS (media player required)

Weather Conditions & Environmental Resources

Keep abreast of changing conditions, for New Buffalo and the surrounding area use any of these online resources.

Weather Buoy

Real-time lake conditions and weather data are available from a buoy operated by the University of Michigan's College of Engineering. Known as U-GLOS Station 45026, it is located in 62 feet of water approximately two miles offshore of the Cook Nuclear Plant near Bridgman, Michigan ( 41° 58' 56" N | 86° 37' 0" W )

To view current water temperature at the surface and at 10-foot increments, water current and direction at those increments as well as wave height and direction and air temperature, click here.

There is also a nearshore buoy off Michigan City. To view data click here.

Galien River Channel Entrance:

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

By car:

• I-94 Exits 1 & 4
• US-12 & M-239

Public Transportation:

Amtrak (Station located at 225 North Whittaker St.)

A note to our visitors: This web site is not directly affiliated with New Buffalo City Hall, New Buffalo Township Government, or the New Buffalo Chamber of Commmerce. For information about local government agencies, click here. If you are interested in more information on New Buffalo Businesses, visit the New Buffalo Business Association Web site at