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Dowagiac is located in Cass County in the southwest corner of Michigans Lower Peninsula, at the junction of M-51 and M-63. The population as of the 2000 census was 6,147 residents. The unusual name of the community comes from the Potawatomi Indian tribe meaning "foraging ground" or "abundance." Dowagiac is nestled among rolling hills and is surrounded by several of the lakes of The Sister Lakes Region of southwestern Michigan. Some of those lakes include the Little Crooked, Big Crooked, Round, Cable, Dewey and Magician Lakes. Four seasons of recreational opportunities abound in Dowagiac, including swimming, boating, fishing, camping and hiking, and in the wintertime, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and ice fishing. Dowagiac is known as having "One of the Best Downtowns in Michigan," and offers small town appeal with a renovated Victorian shopping district that is perfect for strolling and browsing. It also has an active arts community and is home to the Dogwood Fine Arts Festival, the Beckwith Park Summer Concert Series, the Rod and Roll Classic Car Show, as well as several other special events throughout the year. Dowagiac is only 25 miles from South Bend, Indiana and approximately 90 miles to Chicago.

Surrounding areas: Magician Lake, Michigan (6.3 mi), Cassopolis, Michigan (7.1 mi), Sister Lakes, Michigan (7.7 mi), Edwardsburg, Michigan (13.0 mi), Watervliet, Michigan (16.0 mi), Coloma, Michigan (17.3 mi), Paw Paw, Michigan (19.6 mi)

Dowagiac Vacation Rentals

Dowagiac Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Amerihost Inn & Suites Dowagiac29291 Amerihost DrDowagiac, MI (269) 782-4270
Holiday Inn Express1265 S 11TH StNiles, MI13.7 mi.(269) 684-3900
Comfort Suites1825 Meadowbrook RdBenton Harbor, MI17.0 mi.(269) 925-8800
Super 8 Motel Benton Harbor1950 E Napier AveBenton Harbor, MI17.2 mi.(269) 926-1371
Comfort Inn - Benton Harbor1598 Mall DrBenton Harbor, MI17.3 mi.(269) 925-1880
Courtyard By Marriott1592 Mall DrBenton Harbor, MI17.3 mi.(269) 925-3000
Holiday Inn Express2276 Pipestone RdBenton Harbor, MI17.3 mi.(269) 927-4599
Red Roof Inn1630 Mall DrBenton Harbor, MI17.3 mi.(269) 927-2484
Howard Johnson798 Ferguson DrBenton Harbor, MI17.9 mi.(269) 927-1172
Comfort Suites404 N PointeElkhart, IN18.3 mi.(574) 206-1555
Holiday Inn Express330 N Pointe BlvdElkhart, IN18.3 mi.(574) 262-0014
Sleep Inn220 Caravan DrElkhart, IN18.5 mi.(574) 206-8290
Best Western Inn & Suites3326 Cassopolis StElkhart, IN18.6 mi.(574) 262-8761
Candlewood Suites300 Northpointe BlvdElkhart, IN18.6 mi.(574) 262-8600
Holiday Inn Express-Mishawaka6701 N Main StGranger, IN18.6 mi.(574) 271-1700
Motel 6 - Benton Harbor2063 PipestoneBenton Harbor, MI18.7 mi.(269) 925-5100
Knights Inn3252 Cassopolis StElkhart, IN18.8 mi.(574) 264-4262
Super 8 - South Bend52825 US 33 NSouthbend, IN18.8 mi.(574) 272-9000
Comfort Inn & Suites153 Ampey RdPaw Paw, MI18.9 mi.(269) 655-0303
Ramada Inn3011 BelvedereElkhart, IN19.0 mi.(574) 262-1581
Econo Lodge139 Ampey RdPaw Paw, MI19.0 mi.(269) 657-2578
Super 8 Motel - Paw Paw111 Ampey RdPaw Paw, MI19.0 mi.(269) 657-1111
Red Roof Inn2902 Cassopolis StElkhart, IN19.1 mi.(574) 262-3691
Signature Inn33010 Brittany CTElkhart, IN19.1 mi.(574) 264-7222
Super 8 Motel345 E Windsor AveElkhart, IN19.1 mi.(574) 264-4457
Days Inn2820 Cassopolis StElkhart, IN19.2 mi.(574) 262-3541
Country Inn & Suites120 W University DrMishawaka, IN19.3 mi.(574) 271-1700
Fairfield Inn South Bend Mishawaka425 University DrMishawaka, IN19.3 mi.(574) 273-2202
Hampton Inn Mishawaka445 W University DrMishawaka, IN19.3 mi.(574) 273-2309
Holiday Inn Express420 W University DrMishawaka, IN19.3 mi.(574) 277-2520
Super 8535 W University DrMishawaka, IN19.3 mi.(574) 247-0888
Super 8536 W University DrMishawaka, IN19.3 mi.(574) 247-0888
Weston Hotel2725 Cassopolis StElkhart, IN19.4 mi.(574) 264-7502
Extended Stay America5305 N Main StMishawaka, IN19.4 mi.(574) 277-9912
Knights Inn236 Dixie Hwy NSouth Bend, IN19.7 mi.(574) 277-2960
Courtyard By Marriott South Bend/Mishawaka4825 N Main StMishawaka, IN19.8 mi.(574) 273-9900
Studioplus4715 N Main StMishawaka, IN19.9 mi.(574) 255-8031
Signature Inn215 S Dixie HwySouth Bend, IN19.9 mi.(574) 277-3211
Days Inn - Benton Harbor2699 MichiganBenton Harbor, MI19.9 mi.(269) 925-7021
Benton Harbor Super 8 Motel1950 E Hapier AveBenton Harbor, MI20.0 mi.(269) 926-1371

Dowagiac Weather & Climate

Southwest Michigan enjoys four seasons with a moderate climate, surrounded by vast forests, fertile farmlands, the Lake Michigan shoreline and numerous inland lakes and rivers. Snowfall is moderate along the Lake Michigan shoreline. Heavier snowfall in the state is found in the Upper Peninsula and the upper reaches of the Lower Peninsula. The Great Lakes help moderate winter temperatures, but still, average highs in January in the southwest portion of the state can be expected to be in the 20s. Breezes along the shoreline of Lake Michigan helps keep temperatures cooler in the summertime and humidity is considered average. Statewide annual rainfall is around 35 inches, with the higher amounts in the upper regions of the state and along the Lake Michigan border.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 31°F 14°F 2.65 in. -
February 35°F 16°F 2.03 in. -
March 45°F 25°F 2.67 in. -
April 57°F 36°F 3.48 in. -
May 69°F 46°F 3.72 in. -
June 79°F 55°F 3.67 in. -
July 83°F 59°F 3.63 in. -
August 80°F 57°F 3.90 in. -
September 73°F 49°F 4.19 in. -
October 62°F 38°F 3.51 in. -
November 47°F 30°F 3.45 in. -
December 36°F 20°F 3.16 in. -

Dowagiac Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the South Bend Regional airport (SBN) located about 21 miles southwest of Dowagiac in South Bend, Indiana, the W K Kellogg airport (BTL) located approximately 49 miles east of Dowagiac in Battle Creek, Michigan, the Porter County Municipal airport (VPZ) located roughly 59 miles southwest of Dowagiac in Valparaiso, Indiana, and finally the Gerald R Ford International airport (GRR) located around 68 miles northeast of Dowagiac in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Dowagiac Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Deer Forest Fun ParkColomaMI17.3 mi.
Adventureland Amusement ParkNorth WebsterIN50.2 mi.
Fun SpotAngolaIN62.0 mi.
Sauzer's KiddielandScherervilleIN77.7 mi.
House of KicksChicagoIL79.8 mi.
Michigan's AdventureMuskegonMI86.7 mi.
JeepersHarwood HeightsIL87.3 mi.
Haunted TrailsBurbankIL87.7 mi.
Water Parks
Full Blast - Flash Flood/Gully WasherBattle CreekMI53.0 mi.
Splash Family Water ParkGrand RapidsMI71.3 mi.
Michigan's Wild Water Adventure Water ParkMuskegonMI86.7 mi.
Racing Rapids Action ParkEast DundeeIL111.3 mi.
Golf Courses
Dowagiac Elks Country ClubDowagiacMI 
Hampshire Country ClubDowagiacMI 
Spruce RidgeDowagiacMI 
Diamond Lake Golf CourseCassopolisMI7.2 mi.
Park Shore Golf ClubCassopolisMI7.2 mi.
Indian Lake Hills Golf CourseEau ClaireMI9.3 mi.
Pipestone Creek Golf CourseEau ClaireMI9.3 mi.
Garver Lake Golf CourseEdwardsburgMI13.0 mi.
Plym Park Municipal Golf CourseNilesMI13.5 mi.
New Paw Paw Lake Golf ClubWatervlietMI15.6 mi.
Juday Creek Golf ClubGrangerIN16.2 mi.
Lawton Golf ClubLawtonMI18.4 mi.
Heritage Glen Golf ClubPaw PawMI19.2 mi.
Lake Cora HillsPaw PawMI19.2 mi.
Blossom TrailsBenton HarborMI19.6 mi.
Lake Michigan Hills Golf ClubBenton HarborMI19.6 mi.
Oaks Golf ClubSaint JosephMI20.7 mi.
Blackthorn Golf ClubSouth BendIN22.2 mi.
Elbel Golf CourseSouth BendIN22.2 mi.
Erskine Golf CourseSouth BendIN22.2 mi.
Old Orchard Golf CourseElkhartIN22.2 mi.
Robin Hood Golf ClubSouth BendIN22.2 mi.
Studebaker Municipal Golf CourseSouth BendIN22.2 mi.
EberhartPetro Municipal Golf CourseMishawakaIN22.5 mi.
Pebblewood Country ClubBridgmanMI22.9 mi.
Pine View Golf CourseYpsilantiMI23.2 mi.
Raber Golf CourseBristolIN23.9 mi.
Pine View Golf ClubThree RiversMI24.6 mi.
Sauganash Country ClubThree RiversMI24.6 mi.
Hanging Tree Golf ClubWestfieldIN25.8 mi.
Ski Areas
Swiss ValleyJonesMI16.9 mi.
Timber Ridge Ski AreaGoblesMI28.6 mi.
Cannonsburg Ski AreaCannonsburgMI80.8 mi.
Pando Ski CenterRockfordMI83.3 mi.
Riverview HighlandsRiverviewMI103.8 mi.
State Parks
Warren Dunes State ParkMI25.3 mi. 
Van Buren State ParkMI26.5 mi. 
Warren Woods State ParkMI28.4 mi. 
Potato Creek State ParkIN32.3 mi. 
Horn Archaeological MuseumBerrien SpringsMI12.1 mi.(History)
Northern Indiana Center for HistorySouth BendIN22.0 mi.(History)
Studebaker National MuseumSouth BendIN22.0 mi.(Technology)
South Bend Regional Museum of ArtSouth BendIN22.0 mi.(Art)
Air Zoo-Aviation History Museum of Kalamazoo(Michigan)KalamazooMI34.1 mi.(Technology)
Kalamazoo Institute of ArtsKalamazooMI34.1 mi.(Art)
Hesston Steam MuseumLaporteIN40.8 mi.(Technology)
Kingman MuseumBattle CreekMI53.0 mi.(Science)
Zoos and Aquariums
Potawatomi ZooSouth BendIN22.0 mi.
Binder Park ZooBattle CreekMI53.0 mi.
Fort Wayne Children's ZooFort WayneIN77.8 mi.
Lincoln Park Zoological GardensChicagoIL79.8 mi.
John G. Shedd AquariumChicagoIL79.8 mi.
Brookfield ZooBrookfieldIL90.3 mi.
Potter Park Zoological GardensLansingMI94.7 mi.
Racine Zoological GardensRacineWI99.7 mi.
Milwaukee County Zoological GardensMilwaukeeWI117.0 mi.

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