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“tower hill!!”

Warren Dunes State Park
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Bridgman
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Three Rivers, Michigan
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“tower hill!!”
Reviewed 3 July 2014

the dunes are always great even though the hill seems diminished from what I recall as a child. Not very accessible for seniors and huge parking lots diminish otherwise beautiful beach environment. But its an evil necessity in this car-dependent region. Great place to spend a day or a few hours. I haven't camped there for years -used to be great but can't comment about current conditions.

Visited June 2014
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284 reviews
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“Climb the dunes!”
Reviewed 30 June 2014

How do you accurately rate a state park? The fun is up to you.

Warren Dunes is pretty awesome. Lots of shoreline to take in, though the beach can get a bit rocky at points. It would be nice if there were a place to spray off the sand.

Their website says the park features three miles of shoreline, six miles of hiking trails and it's open year-round.

We climbed the big dune that's adjacent to the first main parking lot and that was a lot of fun. If you keep going past the peak of the dune, to the right, there's a crazy-steep drop-off that's an incredible cardio challenge to climb. Make sure you bring a water bottle to refresh yourself as you gasp for air.

However, DO NOT be a total fart wallet and leave your water bottle on the dune. I counted at least three plastic bottles that had been abandoned up top. Leaving a water bottle in a state or national park should be punishable by chemical castration.

Be careful if you choose to run down a steep part of the dune. We saw a kid face-plant and get an entire mouthful of sand. Awesome for us, sad for him.

I wish I had more time to explore and get away from the water bottle-dropping monsters.

Visited June 2014
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“Quick Stop enroute to ChiTown”
Reviewed 25 June 2014

On our cross country trip to Joliet Illinois, we stopped at Warren Dunes State Park to stretch our legs and get some "Sand Therapy". I thought the drive from the highway was very close and easy. When arriving into the park, I found the parking lots to be very spacious and well located. It wasn't very busy for a Friday afternoon but the rain just stopped about an hour before we got there too. The sand was nice to feel on our feet. The spacious dunes on the backside of the park was fun for the kids. The beach area was very large with 3 buildings with vendors and restrooms.
I didn't like the sand next to the water because it was very course and rough on the feet. Small stones made it this way. Almost all gravel along the coastline. The lake was like glass that day with very small waves.

Great park but I wont go back due to the rough texture of the shoreline.

Visited June 2014
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Farmington Hills, Michigan
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29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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“Beautiful Park”
Reviewed 24 June 2014

I love this Park for the beautiful tall dunes, stunning beach, and interesting trails. You can go through the small stream all up to the dunes which is wonderful experience. I read previous reviews about the seagulls, yes they are there but I didn't see anyone affected by their presence, it was quite serene. The safety is good, washrooms big and nice. Local eateries are nice too with an Italian restaurant just few blocks away. Local produce such as berries and vegetables are at accessible distance and you can easily get some same day picks.

Visited June 2014
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Geneva, IL
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“Perfect Summer Solstice”
Reviewed 23 June 2014

We were a bit concerned about the weather forecast but went anyway. A quick 2 hour drive from the Chicago suburbs, and up I-94 and you're there (round trip for us was 260 miles). It is situated about 1/2 way between Sawyer and Bridgman so you can exit in Sawyer and take Red Arrow Highway north to the park. We had four 15 year old girls and our stuff in an suv and it was about $50 in gas. The park fee for out of state per car is $9.

We parked in the first parking lot by the yellow building (bathrooms), but had to hike up and down a small hill - no small challenge with a heavy cooler. We were also fortunate to find a small shady spot under a Gingko tree. The water is truly a turquoise blue color - beautiful! The sand was soft and not too hot.

The girls had a blast and the rain stayed away until dinner time. It's fun to wade out in the water to the sand bar and play volleyball or just splash around. The water temp was cool but not frigid - maybe 65 degrees or so. There is also a 'pool' toward the end of the beach that is fed by a creek. I didn't explore the creek, but our girls did. They returned muddy and happy a couple hours later.

We greatly enjoyed this beach and will visit again soon. It was clean and not very crowded. The large dune by the parking lot was fun for the kids and although we didn't stay overnight, campsites are available.

TIP: park in the 2nd parking lot (with the inflatable slide) and you will be level with the beach. The 2nd parking area is also closer to the concession building and outdoor showers. They rent kayaks and the pricing for the food was not outrageous - you can also buy flip flops if you need another pair.

Visited June 2014
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