Department of Natural Resources
P.O. Box 30031
Lansing Michigan 48909United States
Warren Dunes State Park
12032 Red Arrow Highway
Sawyer Michigan 49125United States
fees for camping; annual vehicle permits $24$29; daily vehicle permits $6$8
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Vacationers and residents from nearby towns flock to this park's beach.
Southwest Michigan's Warren Dunes State Park is notable for its dune formation that tops out around 260 feet. Hang gliders and intrepid hikers make it to the top, but most people visit Warren Dunes for the 3 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline. From the parking lot, you step right onto golden sand. A shore's gradual drop-off makes for great wading. (Note that there are no lifeguards on duty here, and dogs are not allowed on the beach.) Picnic areas are outfitted with tables and grills. If you feel like attempting a hike, pick up your trail maps at the park headquarters. Trail lengths range from .3 to 1 mile. The hiking can be hot in summer, and the trails aren't exceptionally clear. Because the beach is so popular, you won't have Warren Dunes to yourself. On summer weekends especially, there might be lines at the park entrance. The best bet for claiming a prime spot on the sand is to get there early on summer days. Warren Dunes has a few cabins that book almost a year in advance or 182 sites at the modern campground and 36 sites at the rustic campground.