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Located along the sandy shores of Lake Michigan, camping at Warren Dunes State Park is a fabulous way to see southwestern Michigan. Warren Dunes State Park is great to visit, and when you book an RV in Berrien County, you will be on the shores of Lake Michigan between St. Joseph and New Buffalo, MI. This state park covers almost 2,000 acres of land, and campers motorhome camping here can explore the seemingly endless trails, beaches, and lake at their leisure.
The dunes in Warren Dune State Park reach over 260 feet above Lake Michigan, providing spectacular views over the water. On a crystal clear day, it is possible to see Chicago with binoculars, and one popular activity at the dunes in the summertime is to watch a storm develop across the lake. The dunes are more than just sand, as they provide an important barrier that preserves the natural habitats inland of the lake.
Warren Dunes State Park is a popular place to enjoy a night or more of state park RV camping, and there are plenty of fun activities to keep the whole family entertained. Be sure to pack your swimsuit and plenty of sunscreen lotion while packing your rental RV for your trip. The beach is a major attraction at Warren Dunes State Park, and there are over three miles of sandy shores to explore while staying here. The water of Lake Michigan is typically pleasant during the warm months, and there is plenty of space for everyone to enjoy the beach and water.
Hiking is also popular at this state park, and there are many miles of hiking trails that take you through both the sand dunes themselves in addition to the nearby forests. Depending on what type of hiking experience you are looking for, you’ll find both challenging climbs and leisurely strolls in this park. Some of the trails are shared with mountain bikes, so keep your eyes peeled for bikers, especially when hiking on hills and through dense forests.
Although there are no boat launches at Warren Dunes State Park to get your boat onto Lake Michigan, there are plenty of marinas located in both directions along the shores of the lake. You are able to anchor your boat off the beach while spending time at the beach, but there are no marinas or docks to tie your boat up to for the night within park boundaries. Putting your boat into a nearby marina will be necessary, so be sure to arrange a boat parking spot ahead of time.
There is plenty of RV compatible campsites at the Warren Dunes State Park campgrounds, the majority of which can be reserved ahead of time to save you the stress of worrying about availability. Camping with an RV in any of the nearly 200 RV campsites here will give you the benefit of electric hookups at the very least. All campsites have 20 or 30 amp hookups, while some of them also have 50 amp hookups.
There is a limited number of full hookup sites, so be sure to reserve one of these ahead of time when you prefer water, sewer, and electric hookups during your camping trip. All campsites have their own fire ring, grill, and picnic table, and also have access to centrally located facilities like restrooms and showers. There are also semi-modern campsites that allow RVs, but these sites don’t have any onsite amenities like water or electricity.
Arranging for a rental motorhome at Warren Dunes State Park will put you in a convenient geographical location to explore not only southwestern Michigan but northern Indiana, too. The state park is located near Interstate 94, which will bring you southwest to Indiana in under an hour. Along the way, you’ll pass the small beach town of New Buffalo, which has a diverse collection of restaurants and shops to explore. In New Buffalo, you’ll find both family restaurants by the beach and high-end restaurants that require a reservation.
New Buffalo is also home to the New Buffalo Railroad Museum, which contains information on railroad history in the area. Guests to the museum can see a nearby railroad turntable, and explore preserved railroad cars at their leisure. For more museums had further down Interstate 94 toward Michigan City, Indiana. In Michigan City, IN, the Old Lighthouse Museum is a great place to visit to learn more about the lake and the beaches along its shores.
Also in Michigan City is the Great Lakes Museum of Military, the Depot Museum and Art Gallery, a Historic Coaling Tower, the Barker Museum, and more. You’ll find plenty of restaurants scattered around town to grab a bite to eat at while exploring this small beach town, some of which are within easy walking distance from the beach.