Warren Dunes State Park

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Recreation Passport Required: Yes
Approximate Size: 1952 (Acres)

Warren Dunes has three miles of shoreline, six miles of hiking trails and is open year-round. It also has a dune formation that rises 260 feet above the lake with spectacular views and 1,952 acres of recreational opportunity.

Warren Dunes State Park provides 1,952 acres of recreational opportunities along the beautiful shore of Lake Michigan in southwestern Michigan. The rugged dune formation rises 260 feet above the lake and offers spectacular views and excellent for hang gliding. The park has three miles of shoreline, six miles of hiking trails and is open year-round.

Location: The park is located 2.5 miles south of Bridgman on the west side of Red Arrow Highway.

Facilities and activities

  • Hiking: The park has six miles of winding trails.
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Swimming
    • Beach House
  • Picnicking
    • Picnic Area
    • Picnic Shelter
  • Playground
  • Camping
  • Concession/Store
  • Metal Detecting: Metal detecting is permitted in designated areas of the park; however, any found items are subject to review by park staff and may be retained pending further investigation.
  • Hunting: Most of the park north of the beach area is open to hunting for part of the year.


Warren Dunes is in the top 5 most popular camping destinations in the state of Michigan. The park contains 2 main campgrounds: Warren Dunes Modern and Warren Dunes Semi-Modern. Warren Dunes Modern has almost 200 campsites and is on the inland side of the dunes so the beach is just a short walk.  Warren Dunes Semi-Modern is rustic and much smaller (only about 30 campsites). It has a variety of sites — some with high levels of privacy and others that are fairly close together. Both campgrounds are immensely popular and normally at full capacity in July and August.

Other activities

  • Wildlife watching
  • Skygazing: Clear skies allow viewing of more stars than in most populated areas.
  • Clay painting: Walking about a mile up the creek which empties into the lake just south of the beach leads to large beds of light gray clay, through which the creek flows. Mixed with the creek water, clay makes body/face paint which can be worn home, but is much more commonly washed off by another swim in the lake. Clay painting has a negative effect on the park environment due to the amount of clay that is introduced to the creek water through man-made erosion and dispersion. Clay particles in the water create a turbid water environment. Turbid water can also have negative health effects if ingested; the higher the turbidity level, the higher the risk that people may develop gastrointestinal diseases. These health hazards are of particular concern given the number of small children and infants who play in the creek at the lake shore.
  • Creativity: This park is big and often not crowded, so a great testing ground for beach activities and equipment. For example, it was the inspiration and development site for the Beach Buggy, a self-contained mini-kitchen which could be wheeled to a family’s water-side picnic site.



Warren Dunes Nature Trail
Trail Length: 1.00 (Miles)
Cross Country Skiing, Hiking

Warren Dunes-Blue Jay Trail
Trail Length: 0.75 (Miles)
Cross Country Skiing, Hiking

Warren Dunes-Cross Country Ski Trail
Trail Length: 6.00 (Miles)
Cross Country Skiing

Warren Dunes-Golden Rod Loop
Trail Length: 0.33 (Miles)
Cross Country Skiing, Hiking

Warren Dunes-Mt. Randal Trail
Trail Length: 1.00 (Miles)
Cross Country Skiing, Hiking

Warren Dunes-Oak Ridge Trail
Trail Length: 0.20 (Miles)
Cross Country Skiing, Hiking

Warren Dunes-Red Squirrel
Trail Length: 0.66 (Miles)
Cross Country Skiing, Hiking

Warren Dunes-White Tail Trail
Trail Length: 0.80 (Miles)
Cross Country Skiing, Hiking

Warren Dunes-Yellow Birch Loop
Trail Length: 1.00 (Miles)
Cross Country Skiing, Hiking


Warren Dunes-Group Use Area
6 site(s)
Group Use Area, Rustic Site, Vault Toilet

Warren Dunes-Modern
182 site(s)
Alcohol Restrictions, Electrical Service, Mini Cabin, Modern Restrooms, Playground, Some Campsites with 50 amp Service

Warren Dunes-Semi-Modern
36 site(s)
Rustic Site, Vault Toilet

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