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    Sleeping Bear Dunes

    National Lakeshore Michigan

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  • Delayed opening of D. H. Day Campground

    Winter conditions have delayed the opening of the D.H. Day Campground. We will post updates as they become available. For more information please contact the visitor center @ 231-326-4700 ext. 5010.


A number of studies have been conducted to locate and identify the lichens found within the Lakeshore. Since 1985, researchers have found 195 species which is believed to be over 90% of the lichens present. This amount of lichen flora is good for an area comprised of mostly hardwood forests and dry sand dunes. The bogs and wetland areas were host to several of the northern lichens. Trees along the forest edge, around the farmsteads, and in the abandoned orchards produced many lichens.

The woodlands on stabilized dunes near the Lake Michigan shoreline produced many lichens on both the trees and on the ground as the various lichen species took advantage of the moist, marine environment. Interest in studying lichens as an indicator of air quality and atmospheric pollutants may lead to future research studies within the Lakeshore.

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Cannery Boat Museum

The Great Lakes were the highway of the past. It was the main way that cargo and passengers moved through this area until roads were established. A variety of boats used on the Great Lakes are on display at the Cannery in Glen Haven within Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. More...