Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive will not open until Memorial Day Weekend
Changes to visitor service due to Sequestration. Due to mandatory, across-the-board budget cuts, some visitor services in this park have changed. Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive will not open until Memorial Day Weekend and will close after Labor Day. More »
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 »
Although additional research is needed to fully understand the role that fire historically played in the development of the Lakeshore forests, evidence suggests it was not uncommon prior to the settlement of the area. Small, localized burns from Native American burning or lightening strikes during storms may have occurred sporadically, especially in the jack pine and oak stands along the dune edges. Prescribed fires (started and controlled by trained crews) can be a useful tool for maintaining the open field habitats in the historic farmland areas. Lakeshore staff have prepared a detailed document called a Fire Management Plan which defines the actions that will be taken should a wildfire occur and also those specific instances when fire may be used as a management tool. This plan is available under the Management Documents section of the this website.
Did You Know?
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...