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The Warmest Spot on Lake Michigan!

"The Sand Pirate" courtesy of Janet Schrader

Miles of Lake Michigan Beaches! Our pristine Lake Michigan shoreline is the pride of Harbor Country.

Anchored by two major public beaches, the New Buffalo public beach, and Warren Dunes State park beach are both rated among Lake Michigan's best beaches. Warren Dunes with 1,950 acres lies on the northern end of Harbor Country in Sawyer.

The many local township beaches in between provide several points of access to miles of sandy shores, unspoiled by commercial development, an ideal spot to plan your Michigan vacation. These "road-end beaches" include Townline Rd, McKinley St, Miller Beach and Berrien St, in Union Pier, Pier St is in Lakeside and as you travel North to Harbert, you will find Cherry Beach and Harbert Rd. No lifeguards, parking or facilities. No pets, ground fires or alcohol are permitted.

Rip Currents Rip currents are powerful, channeled currents of water flowing away from shore - they can be very dangerous! Rip currents typically extend from the shoreline, through the surf zone, and past the line of breaking waves. Rip currents can occur at any beach with breaking waves, including the Great Lakes. As waves travel from deep to shallow water, they will break near the shoreline. When waves break strongly in some locations and weakly in others, this can cause circulation cells which are seen as rip currents: narrow, fast-moving belts of water traveling offshore. Safety tips for Rip Currents are provided at all Harbor Country beaches. It cannot be stressed enough that even experienced swimmers can be caught in rip currents.

Safety Chikaming and New Buffalo Townships have initiated a safety location system for the Lake Michigan shoreline. There are blue fiberglass markers installed approximately every one tenth of a mile along the shoreline. Blue beach markers start at the 7.8 mile mark and extend to the 14.7 mile mark. These markers are coordinated to the Berrien County 911 system for faster emergency response in the event of a mishap. You can also access the local emergency center on your cell phone by dialing 866-630-7679.

Beach Closures - Here is information on any beach closures in Harbor Country.

Rip Current Warnings - click on the link for any current Rip Current warnings.

Water temperatures - click on the link for current Lake Michigan water temperatures in our area.

Information on local beach conditions


New Buffalo Beach and Information
Cherry Beach
Warren Dunes

Warren Dunes:

Warren Dunes Campgrounds & Beach Information

Chikaming Township Parks and Beaches (Union Pier, Lakeside, Harbert, Sawyer):

Beach Access Definitions/Restrictions
Beaches and Parks Rules/Regulations

Experience our "singing sands", a unique phenomenon only to the Lake Michigan beaches.