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    Sleeping Bear Dunes

    National Lakeshore Michigan

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  • No water at Weather Station Campground until further notice.

    The well at the Weather Station Campground is down for repair. Water is not available at the campground at this time.

  • Changes in compendium

    The Superintendent's Compendium for Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore was updated on August 19, 2014. Changes were related to designated wilderness, mushroom collecting, and the use of unmanned aircraft. More »


Nature and Science

Tree Frog

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?

North Manitou Island Beach

North Manitou Island, part of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, is located in the pristine waters of Lake Michigan about 8 miles off the Northwest part of Michigan's Lower Peninsula. It's 15,000 acres, managed as wilderness is Backpacking Heaven! More...