Aug. 5, 2017 is the next Dunes Day

Sunset at Warren Dunes State Park. Photo by Mike Sullivan.Dunes Day is a fun day of beach volleyball on Lake Michigan. Nothing sanctioned or too formal. We just show up with a good net or two and some good beach players and play pickup games -- coed two-on-two and four-on-four -- from morning until dusk. Lots of Indianapolis people attend. Others are welcome. Non-volleyball players are welcome, too!

Be aware that lodging is not a last-minute thing in this area during the season. Book in June or earlier if you can!

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When: Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017

Where: Warren Dunes State Park, 12032 Red Arrow Highway, Sawyer, MI, 49125. About 3.5 hours north of Indianapolis. Park phone number: (616) 426-4013.


  1. North on I-65 from Indianapolis.
  2. East on I-94 (toward Detroit).
  3. Exit at Sawyer, exit 12 (NOT Route 12, an earlier exit). Turn right at the bottom of the ramp.
  4. At the four-way stop, turn right onto the Red Arrow Highway.
  5. Go north about 1.5 miles.
  6. Left into Warren Dunes State Park.
  7. Pay $9 per car, drive in and look for Gumby!

Dunes Day!Details:

  • $9 admission fee per car.
  • Look for us near the life-size inflatable Gumby!
  • Bring your own food and drinks. Concessions available: pizza, hot dogs, drinks, tee shirts, etc.
  • Non-volleyball players welcome. Bring friends, Frisbees, family.
  • No dogs or alcohol.
  • A 240-foot sand dune is the park’s main feature. Good for climbing and playing. The water is refreshing, and the sun is hot!

Here's a groovy PDF flier you can print out or email to a friend!

Photos from 2012 Dunes Day

Chick gets ready to take a set - from Vytautas, it appears.
Chick gets ready to take a set - from Vytautas, it appears.
Richard and John play
Richard and John team up for a victory - or a loss, doesn't necessarily matter when it's such a nice day.

Lodging and camping: You can make the trip for the day, but it can be a long drive home after a day in the sun. You can find cheaper lodging in South Bend or Michigan City, but some nearer-by lodging is listed here:

Hotel Location Phone Notes
Buffalo Motel 18373 W. US 12
New Buffalo, MI
(269) 469-0846 Richard stayed here in 2012, liked it. Inexpensive and clean.
Best Western Plaza Hotel
18800 Laporte Road
New Buffalo, MI
(269) 469-4193  
Comfort Inn New Buffalo, MI (269) 469-4440 or
(888) 627-4364
Edgewood Motel   (269) 469-3345  
Golden Sands on U.S. 12, north of Michigan City, near the Indiana-Michigan border.   Looked like a nice place.
Gordon Beach Inn 16220 Lakeshore Road
Union Pier, MI
(269) 469-0800  
Grand Beach Motel 19189 W. US 12
New Buffalo, MI
(269) 469-1555 Has a pool. Looks nice.
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suite 1500 Holiday Drive
New Buffalo, MI
(269) 469-3436  
Lazy V Motel   (269) 465-3187  
Park Inn International   (269) 429-3218  
Super 8 Motel Sawyer, MI (269) 426-8300 At the bottom of the I-94 exit ramp at Sawyer.

Campground Location Phone Notes
Fuller's Resort (campground map) Buchanan, MI (map) (269) 695-3785 20 minutes from Warren Dunes State Park. Check in at 4 p.m. Check out at noon. $20 a night.
Weko Beach Park Campground Bridgman, MI (269) 465-3406 First-come, first-served campsites. No reservations, except for the cabins. Recommend coming earlier on Friday - open at 9 a.m. The earlier you come, the more available.
Kamp Across from the Dunes Sawyer, MI (269) 426-4971 RV only, no tents. $38 a night, full hookups.

Vendors we like

Falatic Meat Market - This is the secret source of the delicious smoked salmon brought by Tim Z.

Image of Warren Dunes State Park.Links

Note from 2012

Our Aug. 18 Dunes Day was a good time. We had a good handful of visitors, including Vytautas from Chicago, who was the best player to stop by in a long time. We hope he comes back for Dunes Day 2013!

Note from 2011

Sad but true - we skipped a year, for the first time in a long time.

Note from 2010

Our Aug. 7 Dunes Day was another fine day at the beach. This was probably the most crowded we've ever seen it there, but really no problems at all with that. Warren Dunes beach is so huge that it handles a crowd with no issues.

Note from 2009

Thanks to all who came up on Aug. 8 for Dunes Day 2009. Despite the dire predictions of the high-tech weather forecast technology, we enjoyed a fine day at the beach. Weather was about the best ever. Let that be a lesson: Always, alway, go ahead and just go to the beach.

Photos from other sites

Photos from 2007 Dunes Day

Sunsets at Dunes Day are always beautiful.
Sunsets at Dunes Day are always beautiful.


Richard and Tim
Richard and Tim pose for Coppertone's before (left) and after picture.


Mike and Jeff at Dunes Day.
Jeff and Mike were happy campers.


Croix at dusk.
Croix in silhouette.


John prepares to climb the dune.
John prepares to climb the dune.