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.
Emerald Ash Borer
The Park is implementing a new firewood policy. This new plan will prohibit the movement of firewood into the campground areas and the Manitou Islands. It will include a ban on all deciduous and coniferous species and will take full effect in 2012, with a transition period beginning immediately.
Transporting firewood spreads non-native pest insects and diseases like emerald ash borer, hemlock wooly adelgid, beech bark disease, oak wilt and many more. Some of these deadly bullies may have already invaded the park, but we can slow their advances and avoid many more with your help.
DO NOT move firewood.
Buy where you burn and burn where you buy.
If visitors wait to buy firewood inside the campgrounds or use collected allowable dead and down wood within the park, we can save our forests from the fate that the Forest Education Zones predict. You can visit one of our five forest education zones to learn more about these threats and consequences.
If you brought firewood
If you brought firewood into the park, let a park ranger know. The ranger will tell you about voluntary actions you can take during our transition period to help protect our forests.
Did You Know?
During the winter of 1870-71, 214 people lost their lives in shipwrecks on the Great Lakes, and congress established the US Life-Saving Service to conduct rescues from shore. This became the US Coast Guard in 1915. Visit Sleeping Bear Dunes to see how these men lived and worked. More...