What to do in Warren Dunes State Park

Warren Dunes State Park encompasses 1,952 acres with more than two miles of Great Lakes shoreline backdropped by spectacular sand dunes rising 240 feet above Lake Michigan. A variety of natural settings dominate the park, from rugged dune formations to winding streams to forest growth and wildflowers.

The main attraction at Warren Dunes State Park is the mountain of golden sand rising 240 feet above Lake Michigan. Visitors are attracted from Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan. Hang gliding enthusiasts ride the prevailing lake winds while youngsters tumble down the sandy slopes. Windsurfers provide a colorful kaleidoscope across the water's surface.

The park has 180 modern dune campsites and 24 rustic sites. Open year-round, with modern camping facilities only from April 15 to November 1. Bathhouses are conveniently located and electric hookup is available at each site. An RV water tank fill site and holding sanitation station are available. "Beach" camping for those with RVs is available during the summer months in a parking lot adjacent to the water. However, no hookups are available in this location and the bathhouse is a short walk away. The park does offer three mini-cabins at the dune campground. Each cabin comes equipped with electric and sleeps four. Overnight reservations should be made when visiting the park between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

The day use area consists of several picnic grounds with rentable shelters. A fabulous sandy swimming beach is open Memorial Day through Labor Day. A concession store sells refreshments and souvenirs. Hiking trails are provided in the northern natural area of the park. Shady hardwoods with an understory graced with seasonal wildflowers makes for an enjoyable walk. Marked trails are available between the sun-drenched shores and the canopied forest. Biking is permitted, however, limited. Hunting for small game is permitted north of the hiking trails. State regulations apply. Cross-country skiing, sledding, and tobogganing are allowed during the winter season.

About a mile north of the state park, along Red Arrow Highway, Weko Beach is another popular destination. Beach facilities include beach house, concession, cold outdoor shower, and volleyball courts. In addition, a pleasant boardwalk makes for an easy beach stroll. During summer evenings, the playing of the "Taps" occurs waterside.

Recreation
Warren Dunes State Park is a wonderful outdoor destination. Visitors are welcome to camp, beach camp, hike, swim, sunbathe, study nature, bird watch, hang glide, wind surf, bike, hunt, cross-country ski, sled, and toboggan.

Camping
Warren Dunes- Modern - (800) 447-2757, 182 site(s), $25/$23
Warren Dunes- Rustic - (800) 447-2757, 36 site(s), $10
Warren Dunes- Group Use Area - (616) 426-4013, 6 site(s), Contact the park

Trails
Warren Dunes Nature Trail - 1 (Miles), Hiking, Cross Country Ski
Warren Dunes-Mt. Randal Trail - 1 (Miles), Hiking, Cross Country Ski
Warren Dunes-White Tail Trail - 0.8 (Miles), Hiking, Cross Country Ski
Warren Dunes-Oak Ridge Trail - 0.2 (Miles), Hiking, Cross Country Ski
Warren Dunes-Red Squirrel - 0.66 (Miles), Hiking, Cross Country Ski
Warren Dunes-Blue Jay Trail - 0.75 (Miles), Hiking, Cross Country Ski
Warren Dunes-Yellow Birch Loop - 1 (Miles), Hiking, Cross Country Ski
Warren Dunes-Golden Rod Loop - 0.33 (Miles), Hiking, Cross Country Ski
Warren Dunes-Cross Country Ski Trail - 6 (Miles), Cross Country Ski

Location
Warren Dunes State Park is located just south of the small town of Bridgman. Travel Interstate 94 to exit 16. Head south on Red Arrow Highway and proceed approximately 2 miles to the park's entrance.

Climate
West Coast Michigan experiences pleasant summers with temperatures averaging 70 degrees F (21 degrees C). In winter, temperatures plunge to 22 degrees F (-6 degrees C). Lake winds have dramatic affect on wind chill factors. Yearly precipitation averages 40 inches and above.

Address
12032 Red Arrow Hwy.
Sawyer, MI 49125

Phone: 269-426-4013

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