Providing nearly 2,000 acres of recreational fun in Sawyer, Warren Dunes State Park is a treasure in Southwestern Michigan, and it’s open all year. The dune formation towers 260 feet above Lake Michigan, and you can climb it to get a spectacular view of the water. You can even go hang gliding from the top of the rugged dune.
About Warren Dunes State Park
Since Warren Dunes stretches along Lake Michigan, there are 3 miles of shoreline. On the southern section of that shoreline, you have the opportunity to sunbathe and swim at the designated beach and swim area. Grab your sunglasses and pack your beach bag with sunscreen, towels, and sandcastle-building supplies because you can spend an entire day here. Take some beach footwear, too, in case the sand is hot. For convenience, there are a few modern restrooms nearby.
While you’re at the beach, you can do some metal detecting. In fact, you can go metal detecting along the entire Lake Michigan shoreline. Warren Dunes recognizes it as a recreational activity as long as you don’t damage the cultural and natural resources. You can get more location information from this map. Keep in mind that park staff must review anything that you find and may hold onto it for further investigation.
More Than Just a Beach
Aside from the beach, Warren Dunes State Park has 6 miles of hiking trails. There are several possible routes that you can take throughout the park, and some of them are very short. For instance, the Oak Ridge Trail and Golden Rod Loop are less than half a mile. On the other hand, the Nature Trail, Mount Randal Trail, and Yellow Birch Loop are each 1 mile long. You have some in-between options as well — Blue Jay Trail, Red Squirrel Trail, and White Tail Trail. Then, there’s the cross-country ski trail, which offers 6 miles of fun winter recreation round trip.
If you want to take your dog on the trails, you can. Warren Dunes is a pet-friendly park with a designated, 2.5-mile dog beach. Although, you can’t let your dog wander into the regular beach area. Also, you must keep your pet on a 6-foot leash and clean up after it.
During your visit to Warren Dunes, you’re bound to need something to eat. From May through September, the Warren Dunes Concession sells food, soft drinks, and ice cream to keep you energized, hydrated, and cool. Whether you buy from the concession or take your own snacks, there’s a picnic area with fire pits and grills near the beach and a picnic shelter just a little farther away.
Camping at Warren Dunes State Park
For the ultimate Warren Dunes State Park experience, you could camp here. There are three campgrounds. The Youth Group Use Area has rustic sites with vault toilets. The semi-modern Hildebrandt Campground has 36 rustic sites and vault toilets. And, the modern Mount Randal Campground has 182 sites with electrical service, restrooms, playgrounds, and mini cabins. You can stay for up to 15 days at a time.
More To Do Near Warren Dunes State Park
If you decide to stay at one of the Warren Dunes campgrounds, you don’t have to limit your activities to within the park. You can explore nearby attractions as well. For instance, Warren Woods State Park has a beech and maple climax forest, quiet hiking trail, and picnic area. At Captain Mikes Fun Park, families can enjoy Go-Karts, mini-golf, bumper cars and boats, batting cages, an arcade room, and more. Shuler Dairy Farms provides tours of its animals and innovative farming technology and serves fresh ice cream. Over the summer, Rambo Blueberries is a 120-acre blueberry farm that offers U-pick and ready-pick berries.
While you’re out and about, you could check out some of the local restaurants too. The Peasant’s Pantry serves breakfast all day, lunch salads and sandwiches, and a range of baked goods. You can get made-to-order burgers, a variety of fries, and ice cream and malts at Mikey’s Drive In. For traditional American food and a full bar, Red Arrow Roadhouse is the place to go. If you just want to stop for ice cream, Scoops Ice Cream is the oldest ice cream shop in Bridgeman, operating for more than 40 years.
Other Nearby Campgrounds
The campsites at Warren Dunes State Park aren’t the only ones where you can stay. Consider these options for a variety of activities and scenery:
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Additional Nearby Lodging Options:
- Quality Inn
- Vacation Home with Hot Tub & Patio
- Family-Friendly Lakefront Vacation Home
- Colossal Lakeside Home on Lake Michigan