Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive will not open until Memorial Day Weekend
Changes to visitor service due to Sequestration. Due to mandatory, across-the-board budget cuts, some visitor services in this park have changed. Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive will not open until Memorial Day Weekend and will close after Labor Day. More »
Some restrooms and trash cans not available until Memorial Day
Changes to visitor service due to Sequestration. Other than those at the visitor center and campgrounds, restrooms and trash cans will not be available until Memorial Day Weekend and will close after Labor Day. This includes the Manitou Islands. More »
You will find something fun for kids in every season of the year.& In the summer, The Dune Climb is one of the main attractions to climb up the impressive sand dunes and run or roll down the;dune and then start all over again! You won't find a bigger sand box to play in, so bring your friends!
With about 35 miles of beautiful beaches along Lake Michigan on the mainland and another 30 miles of beaches on the islands, you will easily find the spot for you to walk along the lakeshore, swimming in the Lake Michigan waves, or building sand castles along the beach. Or just lay out on the beach and soak up some of the sunshine!
Tubing or canoing down a lazy river is a great way to spend a hot summer day. There are two rivers within the Lakeshore where you can rent tubes or boats. Both rivers drain into Lake Michigan. The Platte River is in the southern part of the park, and river access is along M-22 where it crosses the river. The Crystal River is in the northern part of the park, and rentals are available along M-22 in Glen Arbor.
In the winter, The Dune Climb turns into a big sledding hill, so bring your sled or toboggan and zip down the dunes or go cross country skiing or snowshoeing. Explore the winter beauty of the Lakeshore on over 50 miles of ski trails.
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Did You Know?
Sleeping Bear Dunes includes two large islands in Lake Michigan - North and South Manitou Islands. Take a day trip to South Manitou Island and explore the island village and lighthouse or take a motor tour of the farming district. If you go to North Manitou Island, plan to camp overnight! More...