Grand Sable Dunes temporary closure to all public entry for visitor safety
Grand Sable Dunes are rapidly eroding into Sable Creek and Lake Superior. The area from the Ghost Forest Trail north to Lake Superior then along the shoreline to the west side of Sable Creek is temporarily closed. Follow closure signs for your safety. More »
Leave No Trace
Leave No Trace is a national program that promotes the protection of our nation's wildlands through education, research, and partnerships. Leave No Trace teaches minimum impact hiking and camping skills and wildland ethics, and builds awareness, appreciation, and respect for our public recreation places.
Four federal land management agencies (National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) promote the Leave No Trace message. Working with outdoor retailers, educators, and user groups these federal agencies are helping to make Leave No Trace the common language for all outdoor enthusiasts.
With increasing visitor use, both day and overnight, it is important to minimize our impacts and Leave No Trace of our visits within the lakeshore and special other places. Trips that include awareness and the use of minimum impact practices conserve natural conditions of the outdoors, making the adventure enjoyable and allowing others the same experience.
Leave No Trace goes beyond following the rules; it requires thoughtful judgement for each situation that comes up. Leave No Trace follows a set of seven principles that can be applied in any natural setting to minimize human impacts on the environment. Following the Leave No Trace principles and combining them with your personal judgment, awareness, and experience will help protect precious natural and cultural park resources and preserve the park experience for you and for future visitors.
Plan Ahead and Prepare
Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
Minimize Campfire Impacts
Be Considerate of Other Visitors
Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics
Did You Know?
Several species of plants in the Buttercup Family are aquatic, growing underwater in lakes and ponds. A few are even amphibious, meaning that a single plant lives partly on sand along a shoreline and partly submerged. Such plants have runners, like a strawberry plant, and grow roots along the runners. The submerged leaves appear quite different from the ones growing in air.