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Situated in the lower Thumb Region of Michigan's Lower Peninsula, Fair Haven is on the northern coast of Lake St. Clair, at the mouth of Swan Creek, which runs through the center of the community.

Fair Haven is along M-29, also known as the Dixie Highway, about a mile and a half southeast of Anchorville, and about three miles northwest of Perch Point. Other unincorporated communities within ten miles of Fair Haven include Casco, Peters, Starville, Adair, Pearl Beach, Muttonville, Broadbridge Station, and Cherry Beach. The city of New Baltimore is past Anchorville, about four miles from Fair Haven. Other nearby cities and villages include Marine City, New Haven, Marine City, Richmond, and Algonac.

Originally a Metis settlement, the community was named for the stream that runs through it, which was Rivière des Cygnes. American settlers, who came later, translated the name as Swan Creek, and a post office was established as Swan Creek on October 17, 1857, with Thomas C. DeLano as postmaster. On February 11, 1862, the post office was renamed Fair Haven.

The focus of this guide is on Fair Haven, Michigan. As an unincorporated community, Fair Haven doesn't have defined borders, but its population area is fairly well defined on a map. For the purposes of categorization, businesses, industries, schools, churches, organizations, attractions, or events bearing a Fair Haven post office are appropriate for this category.



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