A place in which to play, dream, refresh, create

Miles of sand beach, bluffs that tower 450’ above Lake Michigan, lush forests, clear inland lakes, unique flora and fauna make up the natural world of Sleeping Bear Dunes.
High dunes afford spectacular views across the lake. An
island lighthouse, US Life-Saving Service stations, coastal villages, and picturesque farmsteads reflect the park’s rich maritime, agricultural, and recreational history.

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Girl painting a picture of a barn.

Hey Kids, Send us your Art!

This year our 2016 Annual Park Pass will feature art created by one of our 12 or under friends. Maybe yours? Enter our artwork contest!

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Annual fourth grade pass

4th graders! Teachers!

Fourth graders, check out how you can get your Every Kid in a park Annual 4th Grade Pass. Teachers, learn about our snowshoe hike field trips.

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Birthday hat on a beach

National Park Service is 99!

Celebrate the National Park Service's 99th birthday with us at Sleeping Bear Dunes!

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Ranger leading hike

Free ranger programs

Join a ranger and take a hike or ride a bike and learn about shipwrecks, butterflies, glaciers, early farm life, or the night sky,

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Sleeping Bear Dunes social media

Stay connected!

Thousands of people stay connected to Sleeping Bear Dunes through social media. Are you one of them?

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What's blooming?

What's blooming?

Purple, orange, yellow, white--wildflowers are popping up everywhere. To find out what's blooming this week, check out our IN BLOOM list.

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Biker using the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail interactive map.

Interactive SBHT map

Explore the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail with our new Interactive Map. It's easy! It's fun! It's all there at your finger tips.

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Trail trekker challenge

Take the Trail Trekker Challenge

Do you think you can hike all of the Lakeshore's trails in a year? Join the Trail Trekker Challenge!

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Juinor Ranger logo

Become a Junior Ranger!

Learn, protect, and explore the secrets of the Lakeshore as you seek answers for your Junior Ranger book and earn a badge (and maybe a patch, too!).

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