Department of Natural Resources
April 17, 2019
UPDATE 5/13/19: By Saturday, May 18 (weather permitting), there should be complete road access to all campground sites. Roadway access to the beach area may take a few more days for completion. The project is now slated to be finished by May 20.
Warren Dunes State Park, in Berrien County, has two enhancement projects lined up this spring and summer.
A major road project is under way and will include asphalt overlays, full-depth concrete pavement repairs, fog sealing and the addition of road shoulders. A new lane also will be added to the park entrance road to help reduce traffic buildup on Red Arrow Highway during the busy season.
There will be restricted road access during construction in order to allow the contractor to complete the work as quickly as possible. Sections of the park will reopen as work is completed. The $1.1 million project, funded and overseen by the Michigan Department of Transportation, should be completed by May 20.
"Roads will not fully close to the beach, but may be down to one lane at times," said Andrew Montgomery, park supervisor. "The campground road will be closed for a couple of days when the asphalt is placed, but we will make every effort to have it completed before the campground opens."
As the major road project nears completion, a second enhancement project will begin. The $2.3 million project, scheduled this month through November, includes the complete replacement of the north and south toilet and bathhouse buildings in the park’s day-use area. Additionally, new food truck pads will be constructed to make room for additional food truck vendors. The day-use area will be open during construction, and portable toilets will be available. The buildings currently are in the process of being demolished, and new foundation and brick work is about a month away.
Anyone planning to visit Warren Dunes State Park this spring is encouraged to first visit Michigan.gov/DNRClosures for status updates of opened park roads. Additional information on closures and trail detours in DNR facilities including state trails, boat launches, parks and campgrounds also is listed on this page.
For more information on this project, contact Andrew Montgomery at 269-426-4013 or MontgomeryA1@Michigan.gov
An accompanying rendering of a proposed new building design is available below for download.