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Beaches

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.

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

Beach Access Definitions/Restrictions
Beaches and Parks Rules/Regulations

Warren Dunes

Located at the northern end of Harbor Country, Warren Dunes State Park is ranked #1 in the State of Michigan, and offers 1,950 acres of recreation area. Dune formations rise 240 feet above the lake, excellent for excellent Hang Gliding (by permit) and parkland, with over 3 miles of Lake Michigan Beaches. The park is open year-round and available for snow boarding and cross-country skiing in the winter months. Walking pedestrian paths available,(no bikes allowed).

The park has 221 modern dune campsites, and rentable mini-cabins on the campgrounds, rental info. There are several picnic areas, a picnic shelter for rent and a great beach. A concession stand is open from Memorial Day thru Labor Day, with food, beverages and a gift shop. Please note that dogs are allowed on the beach area only at the far ends of the beach on the outsides of the buoys, and alcoholic beverages are prohibited in the park from 3/1 thru 9/30. These rules are strictly enforced.

 


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.

Information on local beach conditions

is43-1293646533-58484.jpegBeach 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.

New Buffalo Beach and Information
Cherry Beach
Warren Dunes

Experience our “Singing Sands“, a unique phenomenon only to the Lake Michigan beaches.