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 »
Maritime Museum closed
The Maritime Museum and Boathouse are closed until further notice.
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.
Lighthouses, birds, and photos
Visit on Memorial Day Weekend and watch a blacksmith, take some photos, and learn more about lighthouses, owls, and other birds.Read More
Wander in a star-gaze wonder
Join park rangers and the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society as we peer through telescopes at stars, planets, meteor showers, and the sun!Read More
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!Read More
Camping in the Lakeshore
Looking to camp in the park? The Lakeshore has two drive-in campgrounds, a few island campgrounds, and lots of backcountry sites.Read More
Leave your firewood at home
You can’t bring firewood into the park, but you can buy pest- and disease-free firewood from approved local vendors.Read More
Thousands of people stay connected to Sleeping Bear Dunes through social media. Are you one of them?Read More
At this stop you can see . . .
Discover more about the rich history and natural beauty of Sleeping Bear Dunes any time from your own cell phone. It's easy!Read More
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!).Read More
Did You Know?
The Pitcher's thistle is an endangered plant species that is native to the dunes around the Great Lakes. You will find many of them as you hike through the dunes or along the Lake Michigan shores at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. More...