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Warren Dunes State Park Campground

12032 Red Arrow Hwy, Sawyer, MI 49125-9166
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#2 of 2 campgrounds in Sawyer
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lamhbird wrote a review Aug 2021
Hinsdale, Illinois9 contributions2 helpful votes
We have camped here twice. July 2020, this was fine weather, but I took the last availble campsite and it was right on the trail to the toilet/shower building. So busy with lost people passing by and even through our site. The dune hiking is spectacular. We had such a nice time that my daughter and granddaughter wanted to return. She booked a site for August 2021. Again the beach, the dunes are spectacular. No disappointment there. The view from the top of Mount Randall is breathtaking, as it the climb up to it. Worth doing and the three kids in our group spent an entire evening just going up and down the dunes. The campsite we had was tiny. I mean really really small. I advise you to choose your site carefully as the size vaires tremdously. I agree with other reviews, it is not a peaceful quiet place. It has a lot of people. Yes some do stay up chatting and playing music, report them if you need to. The ranger did come by and asked that music be turned down. There are quiet hours but it is up to tyou to ask them to be enforced. I can handle that. I did have a hard time handling the flash flood and thunderstorm in the night. Storm was predicted to be mild. But obivously it dumped way more water tahtn expected in a short period of time. Seriously scary, and I now know this is not an isolated event. It is next to a lake and is it a wetland area. Fair enough. Water was up to three-four feet deep in places. Our site was calf deep, in places and ankle deep. One tent held up. Though it was in water. It is a new tent with a good bathtub bottom. But had it been in the calf deep side that would have made no diffreence. One tent, and our screen tent and all that gear was under water. Not fun to deal with 3 soaked sleeping bags. The water was deep snough to get into some peoples pop up trailers. Electricity went out. Bathrooms were closed in the morning because the electriciy was out. Funnily enough the outhouses were located in high dry spots. That nails it that the park is aware of this issue. DNR did nothing. They know this happens and do not inform or warn campers. They kept driving by in trucks all morning but never once checked to see how people were. No doubt they did not want to hear any complaints. It is a great scenic fun place. Next time I go I will investigate the sites better. Choose the high ground. If there is a thunderstorn I would be ready to leave. Seriously I would pack all my gear up and go. Just not worth the hassle of drying out tents and sleeping bags. Plus the scare of flowing water. We lost no gear but many others had croc type shoes that floated off into the unknown.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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MAM wrote a review Aug 2021
310 contributions99 helpful votes
We used to come here 5 or 6 weekends a year when our kids were small. This time we brought our grandchildren for the first time. Granted we made reservations late, but... site 86 was the absolute smallest site I have ever seen. We have already camped this year at 4 or 5 campgrounds throughout the country. We had 2 small tents. Could barely fit them on the site. They hugged the dividing line between us and our neighbor. What was even worse was the fact that our neighbor's fire pit was on the edge of their site adjacent to edge of our site as well as our 2 tents, even though their site was probably twice our size and had no campsite on other side. We were concerned about ashes from their campfire hitting our tents. In addition, they stayed up talking until 2:45 am and we could hear every word due to proximity to their campfire. Moving the firepit to other side would easily resolve that issue. Poison ivy was on the side and back of our site so we could not move in either direction. We had 2 cars but we could not open the side door of one of them due to the poison ivy. So disappointing!
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Tataia wrote a review Jul 2020
Crystal Lake, Illinois1 contribution1 helpful vote
Campground is terrible, the worst I ever been into and I camped into 40 national parks and numerous state parks. Campsites are VERY close . They seem to allow multiple vehicles and numerous tents on ine crouded campsite so you are basically 3 ft away of your neighbour's tent. Campsites have no depth they are basically near the road. Park your car, and the only place to sit your tent will be next to the huge fire pit that sits right in the middle. They charge a premium for the campsite, a hefty reservation fee and on top of thet $9 a day park fee. So 2 days look like $100. At this price range, and 180 camping spots, you would expect the campsite to be clean. It is not. Bathrooms are filthy. Garbage everywhere. Behind the campsite there are trees littered with alchoolic beverage cans. The latest trends is Illinois kids coming unsupervised and drink heavily until after midnight. Alcohool is banned in the park but they come with coolers full of buzz and after going to the beach they return to campsiteand party starts. Quiet hours are a joke. Park rangers are nowhere to be seen enforcing nothing. Will never return here to camp. Park, beach and sand are beautiful but campground is small, expensive, filthy and full with underage teens drinking
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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Jessi W wrote a review Feb 2020
Okemos 33 contributions21 helpful votes
Warren Dunes far exceeded our expectations. It was our first visit and it did not disappoint. It was super hot (high 90s, felt like 100+) when we camped there, and the water temp was in the mid70s, and it felt so nice. The beach is massive - but even with the large crowds, it didn't feel crowded at all. But be warned, the cars line up for almost a mile to get in on busy summer weekends. There is a concession stand, as well as a few food trucks. The campground was a typical campground. Sites vary in size and privacy. It was decently quiet in our loop, but depending on your neighbors it could get loud. Restrooms were clean and water was hot. The only thing we noticed was the road noise from the freeway; it became a constant white noise but was always there. The campground is located a significant distance from the beach. Plan on riding your bike (but know that it's uphill in parts), driving, or you can hike over the dunes, but that can be a bit strenuous as they are really tall. This is a great park for families!
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Date of stay: July 2019
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suedo66 wrote a review Oct 2019
Pewaukee, Wisconsin451 contributions161 helpful votes
We camped here and found the location was great----as long as you didn't go up to Holland or Grand Rapids. That's what we did and it was about an hour to Holland and about a hour and a half to Grand Rapids.But very close to New Buffalo and it's casino. The park itself is great with a beautiful beach and giant dunes to play in.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Rkhanna72 wrote a review Oct 2019
Chicago, Illinois15 contributions10 helpful votes
I went camping here for the first time this weekend- I read all the negative reviews and came in with low expectations. But after my experience at this campground I can't figure out any of the negative reviews. Everything about this place was great - we stayed at the Rustic Campground so had no electricity or water service - but the campsite was remote and neighbors non-existent which was great (the campground with all the amenities was more crowded with tons of RV's and kids but would be ideal for families with little kids- I was with friends). the campground was a nice mile hike fro the big dunes - so we had a great hike the day we arrived and got a scenic morning hike heading north away from the dunes the next day. The customer service in the little camping store on site was top notch- the lady who worked there sensed what we needed and helped us out. overall- as i said, it was a perfect camping experience- highly recommend
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Date of stay: October 2019
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hmhheather wrote a review Jun 2019
IN6 contributions4 helpful votes
This is a favorite park of mine! But this past week we camped here for the first time. We had a great campsite, despite rain it didn’t flood, trail directly to the bathroom, comfortable size. On Saturday night they were full. Sunday 75% left and the raccoons descend upon us like locusts! As the sun set they came out and continually charged us until we took refuge in our camper. Then they began fighting and screeching. Now I’m used to raccoons, if you leave ANY food stuff out they will take it or attempt to take it. That is on you! But these ones were working at the door of the camper off n on all night. And it got so bad that on our final night I was setting by the campfire alone, with no food of any kind, and 2 different ones approached me from different directions. They retreated when I screamed but they kept coming back. I finally went into the camper crying. Just as a little back story, I grew up with raccoons as pets, I have no morbid fear, but I have healthy fear, knowing what they could be capable of. But this was the first time I felt endangered or threatened by a raccoon. Needless to say, again thru the night they were working at the camper door trying to get it open, there were prints n both vehicles as well. But the topper was, about 5 am I hear Velcro ripping and it’s paws were coming thru the camper wall. I screamed and it retreated, but that was terrifying thinking it could force its way thru!! I spoke with someone at the campground office and they said “You are visiting their house.” No, I disagree. These are dangerous animals with no fear of humans. Someone will get hurt by these aggressive animals. It’s a shame the park is not taking this seriously!
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Date of stay: June 2019Trip type: Traveled with friends
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PhotoGirl75 wrote a review Sep 2018
Riverside, Illinois84 contributions39 helpful votes
Stayed here for a weekend in the group camping area with our Cub Scout troop. It's primitive camping with vault toilets and open space. Overall it was fine. I do wish things were looked after a bit more. We checked in on Friday night and the garbage cans already had trash in them - we were the only ones there. It looked like they checked the toilets once a day and refreshed the toilet paper, but with a large group that just wasn't enough. (Luckily we were told to bring extra TP by the older scouts so we were prepared.) The only other thing to mention is that the road and some train tracks are CLOSE - so if you're looking for peace and quiet at night, you won't find it. The road noise and train horns are pretty loud. (Bring ear plugs!) We didn't have a lot of trouble with bees or animals - a little surprising given it's early September (and bees are usually terrible) and with so many people around. One of our kids had even left a half eaten banana out overnight and I was surprised that it remained untouched the next morning. (Other campgrounds we've been to, the raccoons would have been all over it.) Other than that, the campsite was nice, water easy to come by, lots of flat areas and large open spaces for groups. There are plenty of trails to hike and of course the dunes are amazing. The kids had a blast. And the adults loved acting like kids climbing up and jumping down the dunes.
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Date of stay: September 2018Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Karen B wrote a review Jul 2018
Chicago, Illinois21 contributions6 helpful votes
I love camping and am a pretty positively oriented person but I am having a hard time finding the positive about this campground. (The beach was nice, dunes beautiful.) The sites are TINY and on top of each other. I thought this in the tent area but then went to check out the more modern area and it was even worse. The fire pits are these huge tall cement things with no way to draw air but then even when you get the fire going, it is so far down in the ring you can't even see it to enjoy it! The worse part, by far, was the noise from the highway. It was like sleeping on the side of I94, trucks going by all night. Add the railroad traffic on to that and you won't get much sleep. It is much quieter in my apartment in Chicago. I left after one day.
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Date of stay: July 2018Trip type: Traveled solo
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lpski wrote a review Jul 2018
Jerome, MI56 contributions12 helpful votes
Spent two nights at the campground. The bathrooms were cleaned at 7am & 7pm. After that too bad. With a full campground, it would behoove the state to pay an extra person to maintain the bathrooms a couple extra times during weekends. No toilet paper, dirty. Showers never clean with broke door locks and cold water. As other states spray their campground for bugs you think Michigan might do the same. The beach was nice although closed due to e coli. Not a great trip
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Date of stay: July 2018Trip type: Traveled with friends
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WARREN DUNES STATE PARK CAMPGROUND - Reviews (Sawyer, MI)

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Which popular attractions are close to Warren Dunes State Park Campground?
Nearby attractions include Warren Dunes State Park (0.6 miles), Weko Beach Park (2.2 miles), and Shuler Dairy Farms (3.4 miles).
What are some restaurants close to Warren Dunes State Park Campground?
Conveniently located restaurants include Greenbush Brewing Co., Harbert Swedish Bakery, and Cafe Gulistan.
Are pets allowed at Warren Dunes State Park Campground?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.