In the southwestern-most corner of Michigan, about 100 miles from Grand Rapids, Warren Dunes State Park is home to 3 miles of sandy beaches and windswept dunes on the shore of Lake Michigan. There are 6 miles of short trails for exploring the area, but the main draws to Warren Dunes is soaking up rays on the beach and climbing the dunes. The tallest dune, Tower Hill, rises 260 feet above the lakeshore and offers a panoramic view over the surrounding area. Park guides offer a variety of seasonal nature programs that highlight the area’s flora, fauna and natural features. Alcohol is not permitted on the beach at Warren Dunes, and dogs must remain leashed, and are restricted to certain areas only.
The campground at Warren Dunes is located away from the beach, in a wooded area near the highway. On the upside, there’s plenty of shady trees to take cover under on the warmer, sunnier days; on the downside, there’s plenty of highway noise to distract from the peacefulness. The two camp areas—Modern and Semi-Modern—offer a total of 220 tent and RV sites that vary in size and seclusion. The larger Modern area has restrooms with showers, drinking water and playgrounds for the kids; limited hookup sites are available. This area also has three rustic mini-cabins for rent. The Semi-Modern area is more spartan, with just water and vault toilets. A dump station is located between the two areas. Campsite rates range from $25–$45/night; cabins are $52/night.
Happened upon this Gem when driving the coast of Lake Michigan. Watched the solar eclipse from the beach. The DBR had a viewing area setup for adults and kids. Lots of trails and activities for the kids. Pet friendly also.
Easy access to beach and dunes.
Beautiful area, and the campsites are “improved “ with firepit, picnic table, and nearby water… but quite close together and little privacy.
Nice shower and flush toilets, and decent camp store.
the dunes and lake are great!
Great spot for “easy” camping! We were with a large group so had a site you could drive right up to. Electricity hookups, bathrooms and showers, picnic tables and fire pit, etc. Easy access to the dunes and the beach.
This campground seemed ideal when we pulled off the road. A long drive through the woods, into the forest. Seemed like it would be quiet and peaceful, but when we got out of the car, it was very clear we were not far from the highway.
First, the campground was very pretty. Very wooded and the sites were relatively large. There were trashcans all over the place near the bathrooms/pit toilets. So that was something you don't find many places. The densely wooded area gave lots of shade and cover if the sun were out. The ground was fairly sandy, so it made a lovely landing spot for our tent. Each site had a picnic table and fire pit, although the pits were a bit unusual. They appeared to be some type of pipe filled with cement (with a hollow center for the fire) to make it sturdy. I kind of liked them, but no fire grate for cooking.
Now, there were a few things that made me rate this as a "3 star". First was how the sites were set up. Although each one as fairly large, they set them up "two together", at least in the part we were in. One site beside another without any buffer of bushes or trees, so potentially, you could be sharing an area with perfect strangers. That's not all bad, not at all, just something I noticed if you were looking for seclusion in the woods. Secondly, the proximity to the highway is deceiving. It feels like you are off the beaten path, but looking at a map, you see how close you are to the interstate. That makes for a lot of noise, all night long. Hard to listen to the night sounds.
A good place to crash, but not as quiet as we hoped.
Our first trip camping trip to Michigan and we loved Warren Dunes Campground. Although the sites were on the small side, ours was wooded and felt private. The staff was present and friendly. I was amazed at how often the staff was cleaning our bath house! They made a real effort to keep it as nice as possible given the amount of sand people were dragging in. The general store had just about anything you could need and opened early and stayed open late. We will definitely be back!
The camp sites are small and very heavily wooded, so they are secluded from every site(if that’s what you like. Paths to restroom/showers were very overgrown.
disappointed that there were no grates over the fire pit or anywhere to cook. Each site had to go buy a grate at the onsite store (overpriced)
There are three rings of campsites, you can view a pic of the exact site online. The first ring has shadier sites and some cabins. The second ring is sunnier with no cabins. Both of these rings have a nice shower/bathroom building in the center and access to clean water. With additional water access on the rings. The third ring has outhouses only but there is still water access on the ring. The campgrounds are located within the Warren Dunes State Park. There is a separate entrance fee for the park, which you must pay even if you are just there to camp. I recommend the beach and dunes. They are breathtaking and well maintained. There are new bathrooms, food shacks and even some food trucks. They also do some really great free family nature programs all summer.
Beautiful campground. Easy check in process. Close to the water. Just amazing view of the water.
Found this campground because The National Lakeshore was full. It is alcohol free and they mean it. Really nice campground really nice bathrooms/ showers but not enough when campground is full. The bathrooms are cleaned well twice a day and there are multIple playgrounds for the kiddos. Great paths for walking or biking.
Draw-backs--There is only one place to dump gray water in the entire campground. We are tent campers and were told to ‘dump it in the woods ‘ .