Please don't go to the clay deposits in the creek, and please discourage others from doing so. The natural condition of this creek (before the clay business got out of hand) was crystal clear water, teaming with fish, frogs and other aquatic life. Thanks to the constant stream of 'clay people' it is now polluted, filthy, and a threat to public...more
There are about 6 miles of trails within the park. They are not easy nor hard. Although it is quite sandy, i would say that is the biggest challenge. The forest are beautiful and offer much animal life! You can get copies of trail maps and info from the Park Headquarters (located on first right after entrance). Also you can check there to find out...more
Climbing Tower hill is a must do! This tower of sand is measured at 240 ft tall. It is located on the right hand side of the road as you approach the beach, it is huge so you won't miss it. You will notice others leading toward this tower like it is part of the the parks criteria that each individual must climb. It isn't that difficult unless it is...more
To the south side of the beach there is a stream that flows out from behind the dunes into the lake....1st time visitors (especially those with kids) should take a walk...just follow the pack...there are some rough spots (downed trees etc) but a fun little trek. At different points there are puddles of clay. Its fun to cover yourself and the kids...more
Climbing the dunes is truly one of the main attractions of Warren Dunes State Park. If you park your car in one of the beach parking areas, you can spend a day climbing up and down the various dune "mountains" that border the beach. Not only does this activity offer abundant exercise, it also provides you with exceptional views of Lake Michigan and...more
This is basically the only place on the beach that serves any food. It is concession food, junk food. The hot dogs aren't that bad. They also sell sun screen, water toys, and prezels. Of course be ready the prices are high!
Favorite Dish: Nothing
The beach at sunset is the best place to be! Warren Dunes State Park is located in the little town of Sawyer, Mi - There isn't much to do at night. But when you can see one of the most beautiful things in the world with someone you care for, then it is one of the most romantic as well. This is definitely a do not miss. Fortunately, the waves were very large at this time. We couldn't miss an opportunity to jump in them!
Dress Code: A swimming suit and a blanket
Most likely if you are coming up to this state park you will need to get some groceries if you are camping. I suggest this grocery store mainly because it is the only one in town. They do have a "camp store" within the state park near the camp grounds, of course you realize that this place is expensive and limited. I remember Hardings since i was a kid, it is family owned and they have a great produce section. If you are living in a state that doesn't recycle or have the 5-10 cent deposit on cans or glass, then this is a treat. You can return your cans and bottles here and receive your "deposit" back.
Open 7 days > 7am-Midnight
Laundry mat > 6am-10pm
What to buy: All of your camp food favorites!
What to pay: Average to grocery stores
Just like any camping or hiking adventure, take bug spray! Seriously there are 50 million bugs there to take a bite out of you! I bought some from the health food store so that I would feel so terrible putting it on myself every 30 seconds! And don't miss a spot, they know and that is the exact spot they will attack!more
If you plan to visit Warren Dunes State Park, you may want to call ahead and check on the wave conditions of the lake. Numerous people have died here due to riptides in recent years. If you do go, make sure to check the flags posted on the beach. Red flags indicate very dangerous water conditions, yellow flags indicate moderately dangerous...more
This is a great beach that is located about 2.5 miles north of Warren Dunes State Park. This beach is open for the public in the small town of Bridgeman. It has a restaurant in the beach house and a fantastic board walk. There is also a large sand dune to climb, it isn't as tall at Tower hill but it is still nice. I believe it costs about $5 one...more
This place is great, i know there are many mixed feelings about nuclear power. But this place offers a great experience to learn about it. When I was a kid you could just show up and enter the exhibit at the power plant, but now from the web site you are suppose to call and schedule a time. They show a couple of movies about how nuclear power is...more