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Description - Grand Mere State Park is located in Berrien County, Michigan. The park encompasses 985 acres characterized by one mile of Lake Michigan shoreline, large oak-forested dunes, several large blowouts, and three shallow inland lakes. A 1,200-acre tract, including Grand Mere State Park, was designated a National Natural Landmark in April 1968. The site contains four low areas created during the evolution of postglacial ancestors of Lake Michigan, providing a unique ecological area documenting the evolution of aquatic to terrestrial communities, surrounded by a buffer zone of dunes, and containing many rare relict species. Ownership is both private and public. The park's desolate atmosphere is perfect for nature study.

Attractions - Folks looking for a remote day use opportunity are invited to explore Grand Mere State Park. Located along Lake Michigan, this small state park features three inland lakes behind the scenic coastal dunes. These natural areas are perfect for environmental and ecological study. Ungroomed trails afford limited hiking.

Recreation - This undeveloped site affords hiking, nature study and bird watching.

Climate - West Coast Michigan experiences pleasant summers with temperatures averaging 70 degrees F (21 degrees C). In winter, temperatures plunge to 22 degrees F (-6 degrees C). Lake winds have dramatic affect on wind chill factors. Yearly precipitation averages 40 inches and above.

Location - Grand Mere State Park is located in southwestern Michigan off Interstate 94 several miles south of Fair Plain

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Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: We found the gate to Grand Mere State Park to be locked when we were there on August 15th, 2005. The sign said the park was open all year with no explanation of why it was closed.

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Contact Information:
Grand Mere State Park, 12032 Red Arrow Highway , Sawyer, MI, 49125, Phone: 269-426-4013

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Michigan Lakes and Rivers - Michigan is one of the most unique states in the nation boasting not only thousands of acres of interior natural lakes along with miles of waterways but also expansive shorelines that touch four of the five Great Lakes: Superior, Michigan, Huron, and Erie.
Michigan State Parks and Forests - Everything that makes Michigan special is embodied in the 96 State Parks. Boasting sterling recreation, Michigan State Parks and Forests invite you to enjoy one of their 14,000 campsites, 170 winter-sport areas and infinite rivers, streams, and lakes.
West Coast - Engulfing the eastern shores of Lake Michigan the West Coast Travel Region is a Mecca of coastal towns and parks providing access to world-class freshwater fishing.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Official agency website.


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