Ice Caves No Longer Safe
The ice formations in Leelanau Township, north of the park, are no longer safe to visit. High winds have fractured the ice, moving it to the west. Huge cracks have formed in the cave arches, making them very unsafe and open water is now visible.
There are 20 species of amphibians that have been found within the Lakeshore. These include blue-spotted, spotted, four-toed and red-backed salamanders; mudpuppies; central newts; eastern American and Fowler’s toads; Blanchard’s cricket frogs; spring peepers; gray tree frogs; bullfrogs; and western chorus, green, Pickerel, northern leopard, and eastern wood frogs. The various species will serenade visitors from early spring into mid-summer. Areas near small lakes and marshes or moist areas in the hardwood forests are the best spots for listening to their calls and for the opportunity to see an amphibian.
Did You Know?
There are 21 inland lakes within Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Explore one of these small lakes for a close-up view of some of the birds, mammals, and wildflowers protected there. By the way, the fishing is usually great! More...