Warren Dunes State Park provides 1,952 acres of recreational opportunities along the beautiful shore of Lake Michigan in Sawyer, Michigan, at the southwestern corner of the state. The rugged dune formation rises 260 feet above the lake, offers spectacular views, and is excellent for hang gliding. The park has three miles of shoreline, six miles of hiking trails, and is open year-round. The park also boasts a pet-friendly shoreline. The unofficial gateway to Michigan’s state park system from the west, the park is home to an extensive network of richly forested dunes, large open dunes, and interdunal wetlands. It also features significant bird diversity because it is a stopover location on a bird migration route.
It is one of Michigan’s busiest parks, with an average of more than one million visitors per year. It is most crowded in the summer when camping areas and beaches are full, and even during the frigid months of winter, people can be found sledding, hiking, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing. The Warren Dunes Nature Study Area is a great place for wildflower viewing, outdoor education, and photography.