Warren Dunes State Park Campground (Sawyer, MI)
After our brief tour of Pennsylvania, most of which was spent in Philadelphia visiting friends, we headed westward through Ohio (with two more stops to see friends), and finally into Michigan for nearly a week of camping at Warren Dunes State Park.
Warren Dunes State Park is located in the southwest corner of Michigan, just north of the Indiana border. From the campground, Lake Michigan is a 15-minute hike up and over the dunes or a 5-minute drive.
The park is only 5 minutes from I-94 and about 1.5 hours from Chicago or 45 minutes from South Bend, IN. There are wineries all around and you’re only 10-15 minutes from a grocery store or anything else you might need.
One thing to note about the trails though. They aren’t very well marked, so you just might end up walking a mile the wrong way like we did if you don’t pay attention and check a map first. The maps are only at the trail intersections. Basically, from the main campground, go left and over the dune instead of taking the easy trail through the woods.
The campground has two sides. One is the modern campground with electric at each site and the other is the “rustic” campground (i.e., primitive). We stayed in the modern campground. For water, there are community water spigots throughout the park. While it’s not at your individual site, unless you choose wisely, you are within about 50 yards of a spigot at any given time.
There are no laundry facilities and the campground doesn’t offer wi-fi.
The bathrooms are large and clean, though again, we encounter a campground that has bathrooms with hand dryers, but no soap or hand sanitizer. Be sure to bring your own!
The showers are really big with good water pressure, though the hot water was intermittent (Edie got a couple of cold showers). Each side of the modern campground has a bathroom/shower building with 4 uni-sex showers, plus a handicapped accessible shower.
As a bonus, the website even tells you what level of shade the site you’re thinking of reserving offers.
The price is the standard $25 per night, but with a little “gotcha”. Michigan charges $8 per day for a Non-Resident Passport to enter State Parks. For residents, it just takes the $10 annual pass. Non-residents can also go the route we did, getting the $29 Annual Passport since it was cheaper than paying $8 a day for 5 days.