Maritime Museum Annual Fish Boil Fundraiser Returns!

The Michigan Maritime Museum is thrilled to announce that they will be holding their annual Fish Boil Fundraiser in person this year on their campus. The Museum finalized the purchase of the neighboring property late last year as part of their ongoing capital campaign and doubled the size of their campus. The there is plenty of room to spread out and enjoy unparalleled views of South Haven’s picturesque harbor. This event truly illustrates how a community can come together to support a local nonprofit. Local organizations and businesses donate everything from the food to the utensils, so that all the proceeds can help the Museum. Support is critically important this year after the challenges the Museum faced last year due to the pandemic and high water. “It has been tough for us,” says Museum Executive Director Patti Reinert “but the community has always supported this event. We are so grateful to all of our sponsors and volunteers who help to make it happen.”

For those unfamiliar with this Great Lakes delicacy, the boil consists of Great Lakes fish, often salmon and trout, potatoes, and onion in a melted butter sauce. The meal also includes dinner rolls, coleslaw, and a light summer beverage. For dessert, Sherman’s Lindy Lou ice cream, a delicious creamy vanilla ice cream with dark chocolate and cherry pieces swirled in from everyone’s favorite ice cream spot in South Haven. The fish has been generously donated by those participating in the South Haven’s Star of the Lake Masonic Lodge Friday 5 Challenge fishing tournament and members of the community. Other sponsors include Phoenix Street Café, Barden’s Farm Market, and Wolverine Ace Hardware. The Museum will also have a cash bar featuring craft beer from local Harbor Light Brewery.

“We are so pleased to be able to have events and people back on our campus this year. We all could use a little fresh air this summer and what better way to enjoy traditional maritime heritage than right on the water where outside is in!” says Reinert. Music, games, and a 50/50 raffle will all be part of the festivities. The event will be held 5pm to 8pm (or until the fish runs out!) on Saturday, July 10th, 2021 at the Museum in the heart of South Haven’s Maritime District.

Tickets can be purchased at the door for $10 per plate and $5 for children 5 and younger. For more information, visit