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 »
Lakes and Ponds
The lakes, ponds and streams in the park are homes for the frogs, turtles, perch, bass, and pike, as well as, the wealth of mayflies, dragonflies, black flies, stone flies, and caddis flies. There are many waterfowl species that use these water resources for nesting or resting during migration and even during the winter in the unfrozen portions of the streams. Shorebirds are constantly combing the waters edge for a tasty morsel. Scientific studies of the lakes and streams indicate that they are currently clean, healthy aquatic systems, but that they are also at risk from pollution, invasion by exotic species, and overuse.
There are 26 lakes and ponds in the Lakeshore as well as a variety of wetlands and bogs. They provide excellent recreation opportunities for the park visitor for canoeing, fishing, and wildlife viewing. The park restricts the use on most of the small lakes to non-motorized boats in order to preserve the quality of the resource and the visitor experience. Many of the lakes in the wilderness-designated portions of the Lakeshore offer a quiet, and peaceful chance to enjoy nature at its best.
Did You Know?
Where can you find 35 miles of pristine Lake Michigan Beaches? Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore also includes North Manitou Island (20 miles of shoreline) and South Manitou Island (14 miles of shoreline). More...